Tottenham have announced their starting XI for this evening’s first leg Europa League play off and there are few surprises – with the possible exception of Andros Townsend coming in for Nacer Chadli on the left.
The full line up reads
Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Capoue, Paulinho; Townsend, Dembele, Sigurdsson; Soldado.
After relying on Brad Friedel during this competition last season, Andre Villas-Boas has switched back to Brad Friedel in goal, otherwise it’s pretty much as expected – if not exactly as per our prediction earlier today!
The game offers a great opportunity for Townsend to prove to AVB that he can make an impact during this campaign after some impressive displays in pre-season and it will be interesting to see how he goes.
Additionally, while we have an experienced starting XI, the bench is full of youthful promise – Friedel aside – and it reads,
Friedel, Fryers, Walker, Carroll, Chadli, Coulthirst, Kane.
If needed, this could provide the perfect platform for one of the fringe players to impress.