Tottenham will look to punch their ticket to the Europa League group stage with a good result against Dinamo Tbilisi.
Spurs traveled to the Dinamo Arena and notched a 5-0 win. That makes their job pretty easy in the second leg, as they could lose 4-0 and still advance to the next round.
Andre Villas-Boas will not be looking to simply lay down and not concede goals, though. He'll want Spurs to be the aggressors throughout the match. With the club having bought quite a few new players, this is a good time to continue integrating them into the side.
Tottenham have taken the full six points from their first two Premier League matches. However, their performances haven't been great, and it's obvious Spurs need more time on the pitch to really hit their stride.
Here's a preview for this Europa League clash.
When: Thursday, August 29, at 3:05 p.m. EDT; 8:05 p.m. BST
Where: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV Coverage: FOX Soccer Channel (US); ITV 4 (UK)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Top Storyline: What Player Will Step Up for Tottenham?
This is a great opportunity for Andre Villas-Boas to experiment with the side a bit and give some different players a start. There's no sense in playing the regular first-team guys and risk the chance of injury when you don't need to.
Spurs will be able to get through with a weakened side, and this strategy would let other players get match fitness and experience in a somewhat pressurized situation.
The question is which player—or players—will make the most of this chance. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nacer Chadli, Tom Carroll, Harry Kane and Andros Townsend should all get some minutes in this fixture. Although some have featured in Spurs' first two Premier League fixtures, none have stamped their place completely.
This is the time when a manager can see what his best XI is, and it's a great chance for those five players to make a major statement.
Having built up a five-goal lead, there's no chance Tottenham lose this match. If Spurs can go into Georgia and put that many goals on the board, they shouldn't have any trouble playing in front of a home crowd.
Despite what will likely be a "B" Spurs side, they'll take control of this match early and won't give Dinamo any opportunity to get into this match.
Unless the Georgian side can score a goal in the first 15 minutes or so, there isn't any chance of a huge upset. With an early goal, they could put a little bit of pressure on Tottenham and give themselves a little bit of hope. Otherwise, this will be a wholly one-sided fixture.
Tottenham 3, Dinamo Tbilisi 1
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