As expected, Mauricio Pochettino keeps faith in the eleven that resoundingly beat Manchester United 3-0 at White Hart Lane last weekend.
Goalscorers Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela all start in what could prove to be the biggest match of Tottenham’s season at Stoke City.
Social media was abuzz when it was announced 40-year-old Shay Given will start in goal for the hosts. Barely used by his club these days, Given’s inclusion is apparently a boost for Spurs. Either that or, in typical Tottenham fashion, he’ll have the game of his life.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to all the team news.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 18, 2016
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 18, 2016
Time to close that gap.
Up the Spuuuuuurs!
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) April 18, 2016
Unchanged from the thumping we gave Man Utd & rightly so, team picks itself these days, now time for us to get the job done tonight! #COYS
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) April 18, 2016
Good selection of soccer players ?? #COYS
— Tim (@CookPassTim) April 18, 2016
not a surprise that Stoke somehow have their best players all fit for this game lol
— kev green (@kev_g1) April 18, 2016
Shay Given last played a Premier League match in May 2015… he conceded 6 at Southampton #stktot
— Jonny Blain (@jonoblain) April 18, 2016
*Shay Given blinder klaxon*
— Vass Koni (@vkon1) April 18, 2016
Given in goal is an interesting one. If Harry finds the corners like normal, Given's going to struggle to get down. https://t.co/PNfDhE2JHX
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) April 18, 2016
40 years old. First BPL start for Stoke. Lets just accept Given is going to have an absolute blinder today. #Spursy
— COYS News (@CoysNews) April 18, 2016
#thfc Spurs at full strength. Njie on the bench would've been nice but otherwise I can't think of anything to complain about or comment on.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) April 18, 2016
Genuinely had no idea Given was still playing football. Can't wait for him to do a Krul tonight.
— David Harley (@DHarley1984) April 18, 2016