Tottenham Hotspur v Schalke

Date: August 9, 2014
Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Kick-off time: 5.30 pm BST

Tottenham host Schalke at the Lane as both teams look to get match time under their belts ahead of their seasons kicking off in earnest.

Tottenham Hotspur’s form

W-W-W-D

Spurs have enjoyed a strong pre-season, with a comprehensive 6-1 win over an admittedly weakened Celtic a particularly satisfying exercise. Schalke will represent a strong final test for them as they build towards a tough opening Premier League fixture against London rivals West Ham United.

Spurs will be looking to improve on a disappointing sixth place last season. Their purchases in the summer of 2013 will be expected to have stronger campaigns with more experience standing them in good stead.

Schalke 04’s Form

D-L-L(D)-W

Schalke needed a late equaliser to draw with Bochum in their last friendly in a microcosm of their rather disappointing pre-season so far. Their opening Bundesliga game is not for another two weeks, however, so coach Jens Keller will not be unduly concerned and will look to the Spurs game as a chance to make changes and assess what might work in the Bundesliga.

Key Players/Team News

Tottenham Hotspur:
Christian Eriksen was the best of the summer of 2013 newcomers while I’m expecting Erik Lamela, who scored against Celtic, to live up to the hype this season. Spurs have a strong squad and with the new season only a week away, I expect they will start with their strongest team before perhaps bringing on some fringe players for some game time.

Schalke 04:
World Cup winners Benedikt Howedes and Julian Draxler – linked in the past with a move to Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal – are in the squad. Klaas-Jan Kuntelaar, heavily linked recently with Liverpool and Spurs themselves, could also make an appearance.

Betting Advice

Back Spurs to continue their fine pre-season form at 5/6 (Totesport) with Winner. Erik Lamela to score at any time is 11/5 (William Hill) while Kevin-Prince Boateng will want to impress against his former employers and can be backed at 9/4 (William Hill) the board to register a goal. You might want to put your money at these prices given there’s every chance the odds will shorten further from here on.