Tottenham Hotspur will continue their Europa League when they take on Norwegian side Tromso on Thursday.
Spurs have done a great job this summer in preparing for the departure of Gareth Bale. They narrowed down their targets and made sure to have plenty of replacements when Bale was eventually sold to Madrid. Tottenham sit third in the Premier League table, just a point off leaders Liverpool.
They have their best shot at a league title in years, and it will be fun to watch this club when its players fully jell together.
Things aren't going quite as well for Spurs' opponents, Tromso. The club is 13th in the Tippeligaen after finishing fourth last season. Tromso will be the heavy underdog, and it will take a great performance for them to even snatch a draw.
When: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 3:05 p.m. ET; 8:05 p.m. BST
Where: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV: Fox Sports 1 (US); ITV 4 (UK)
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go (US)
Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)
Tottenham Win: 2-13
Tromso Win: 18-1
Top Storyline to Watch: Who's Going to Step Up for Spurs?
One of the biggest problems for Tottenham so far is their inability to look comfortable on the pitch. They've made so many changes to the side that it has thrown off the team chemistry a bit. Andre Villas-Boas has yet to find his best lineup, and matches like these are a great opportunity to get a better picture on a lesser stage. He can experiment with the squad a little more without having to worry about the consequences.
With the relative small stature of Tromso, Spurs should be able to romp through this with ease. Now's the time for the fringe players to establish themselves in the side.
Gylfi Sigurdsson helped his place a lot with those two goals against Norwich. However, with all of the midfielders at Spurs, this match would be a nice opportunity for him to continue impressing AVB. The same could be said of Lewis Holtby.
This is also the perfect match for Jermain Defoe. With Roberto Soldado's arrival, Defoe has been pushed down the pecking order. He's perfect for the occasional start, like this, where you don't have to worry about his general inconsistency as much.
Since Spurs have the advantage, it's just a question of which player will impress the most.
What's the result of this match?
This one is going to be a back-and-forth battle, right up until kickoff. Even with a weakened side, Tottenham should be able to roll through this one.
With all the purchases they've made this summer, Spurs have built themselves a very deep squad, especially in the midfield. That depth allows them to rest a lot of their key players, while retaining a very competitive team with what's left.
Villas-Boas can bring on players like Sandro, Defoe, Holtby and Sigurdsson and hardly lose a beat. Tromso can't counter back against that kind of quality.
Spurs should be able to score early, and once they get a two-goal lead, it will be time to coast from there.
Tottenham 4, Tromso 0