Spurs v Gillingham: (match preview)
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Wednesday 21st September 20:00 pm
Live: Not being broadcast in the UK check Spurs’s official Twitter account for live updates.
Referee: David Coote
Head2Heads: Spurs 4-2 (1982)
Tomorrow night spurs are in action against Gillingham in a third round EFL tie at the lane, it will be a special occasion for the Gills boss Justin Edinburgh as he returns to the stadium where he played many times for spurs during the 1990’s. Spurs boss Maurico Pochettino has the tough task of picking tomorrow’s team which will be a hard one as our squad is now so big in depth with many players having not played for the lillywhites so far this season. Regardless of what team Pochettino decides to pick, Gillingham will provide tough opposition and the league one side should not be underestimated. We last played Gillingham coincidentally in the third round of the league cup in 1982, and on that night we defeated the Gills 4-2 courtesy of braces from Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks. Pochettino spoke yesterday of the importance of this competition and I am sure that he will field a strong squad this evening that should defeat the Kent club. It’s likely to be a mixture of senior squad members and youth players with talented youngsters Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers likely to start their first games for Spurs. Also talented youth players Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes could feature on the bench.
Gillingham have two ex Spurs players on their books, Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara, whilst their young and talented midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe attended the Tottenham Hotspur college foundation prior to joining the Gills in 2015. Former Arsenal forward Jay Emmanuel Thomas is one of the Gills biggest goal threats whilst Rory Donnelly and Bradley Dack are also players to watch out for. Hopefully the lads will go far in this competition and provide some great league cup memories in our final season at the lane. COYS⚽️
Team news: Danny Rose and Harry Kane are ruled out through injury, whilst midfielders Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele who came off injured against Sunderland on Sunday are unlikely to be risked tonight. Young striker Shayon Harrison would have been in contention for his competitive debut for Spurs this evening, but the 19 year old picked up a groin injury and has been ruled out of the match.
My predicted lineup: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies, Winks, Wanyama, Lamela, Carroll, Onomah, Janssen
My predicted scoreline: 5-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Lamela x2, Janssen, Onomah and Edwards.
One to watch: Gillingham’s talented midfielder Bradley Dack, who has an excellent shot at his disposal.