STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Ryan Shotton of Stoke City is challenged by Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
I'm going to be honest, guys. This game doesn't feel real. It doesn't feel like there's a game today. But there is a game today, and it's a big one. It's a real competitive fixture in the Premier League against a decent team. They're not good away at home, but they're good at our weakness -- set pieces. We've lost three league games in a row. Our next league game is against Chelsea. This is a huge game and Tottenham Hotspur need a win. And it doesn't feel real.
I can only hope the team is a lot more focused than I am. Here are the lineups.
Tottenham Hotspur Lineup (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Assou-Ekotto, King, Kaboul, Walker; Bale, Modric, Parker, Kranjcar; Van der Vaart; Saha
Stoke City Lineup (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Pennant, Diao, Palacios, Walters; Crouch, Jerome
The good news for Spurs is that there is no throwing ace on the pitch. No Shotton, no Delap. Our team is the exact team I would have picked, provided Bale is the left winger.
Kickoff is at 3:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. GMT. It's not on television anywhere, but I'd prefer that you guys didn't discuss alternative means in the thread. Thanks for understanding, bros.