Spurs versus Kitchee SC: (match preview)
“We are aware of our growing popularity across Asia. This latest visit represents a great chance for us to engage with our loyal fans in the region and thank them for their fantastic support and the commitment they make to watching us at any hour of the day or night. It promises to be a fantastic experience for all the staff and players, some whom will be visiting Hong Kong for the first time, and a great way to conclude what has been an exciting season for the Club.” (Mauricio Pochettino)
Tottenham Hotspur’s glorious domestic season may have come to an end but there’s still one more game for fans to look forward to, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to Hong Kong for an end of season friendly against the Hong Kong premier league champions, Kitchee SC. Mauricio Pochettino’s side is made up of predominantly senior players as well as a couple of youth players for the post season game. It’s a fantastic way for Spurs to round off a brilliant campaign, there’s no pressure or expectation on their shoulders for Fridays game, which will be a great experience for the players. Mauricio Pochettino said: We are delighted to accept the invitation to return to Hong Kong to play against one of their top clubs Kitchee SC and play our part in the anniversary celebrations. Kitchee SC are on paper the best team in Hong Kong and it will be interesting to see the outcome of Fridays game which kicks off at 1pm GMT. In fact Kitchee recorded a 2-2 draw against Arsenal back in 2012 in a pre season game. The result of the game doesn’t matter, the players are here to showcase their talents and enjoy their football, it will also provide an invaluable opportunity to some youth players, with Filip Lesniak, Kazaiah Sterling, Luke Amos and Will Miller all in contention to play. Unfortunately the game is not being broadcast live in the UK, so the best option for following the game will be via the Spurs website or official Twitter feed. I’m confident that the Lillywhites will dominant the game and give the fans a great game of football, but the home side can’t be underestimated, either way it’s a game to enjoy. COYS
Our under 19’s were involved in the Volksbank cup tournament in Stemwede, Germany on Thursday. John McDermott’s side drew both their games against Werder Bremen and FC Copenhagen 1-1, with Shayon Harrison scoring on both occasions. Spurs are in action again on Friday against both Red Bull Brazil and Mühlenkreis as they look to make it to the finals stage.
Absentees: Erik Lamela, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters, Cameron Carter-Vickers.
My team prediction: ( 3-4-2-1) López, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Walker, Wanyama, Lesniak, Nkoudou, Alli, Miller, Kane.
My predicted scoreline: 5-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Moussa Sissoko, Kane x3 and Sterling.
One to watch: Versatile full back and one time team mate of Son (at Hamburg) Zhi-Gin Lam.
Spurs squad: Toby Alderweireld