Happy match day, Tottenham fans! Or at least we hope it will be. Tottenham Hotspur head to Old Trafford to kick off the 2015-16 EPL season in the early match. It's either as tough a match as you can ask for, or the best possible time to take on a EPL title contender. Maybe both.
At any rate, Spurs are entering the match relatively healthy, although Hugo Lloris, Roberto Soldado, and Ryan Mason are withstanding late fitness tests to see if they make the side. Andros Townsend and Alex Pritchard are still nursing injuries. For United, David De Gea will not play, and Marcos Rojo and new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger are also confirmed out.
It could be a tall order for Spurs to come out of this match with a result, especially after playing two full matches mid-week in the Audi Cup in Munich, and being stuck in Munich Wednesday night. Reportedly, Spurs only had one day to train at Hotspur Way before flying to Manchester. Will the rigors of three matches in five days catch up to them? Can Spurs catch the Red Devils on their back heels and nick a point, or, dare I say it, a win?
Date/time: Saturday, August 8, 12:45 p.m. (UK), 7:45 a.m. (USA)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, UK
Official: Jonathan Moss
TV: NBCSN (USA), BT Sport 1 (UK), Sportsnet (Canada), Fox Sports 5 (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: NBC Live Extra (USA), BTSport.com (UK), MUTV Online (subscription)
Radio: Tottenham streams match audio on their website. Most matches also available on talkSPORT radio, BBC Radio 5Live and BBC London 94.9.
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