acos de Ferreira vs Tottenham LIVE!
Tottenham are playing for a place in the inaugural Europa Conference League as they face FC Pacos de Ferreira in the first of two play-off games this evening.
It may not be the competition that Spurs – or Harry Kane – wanted to be in, but it does offer a real chance of silverware for Nuno’s first season in charge, so will need to be treated with respect.
None of the 32 teams who will compete in the Conference League group stage were granted automatic qualification, and Spurs must first see out Portuguese outfit Pacos – who finished fifth in the Primeira Liga last season – over two legs if they are to make it to the group stage proper.
With kick-off at 7:30pm BST, follow all the action on our LIVE blog!
Spurs predicted lineup
Here is how our chief football correspondent, Dan Kilpatrick, predicts Spurs will line up tonight…
(4-3-3): Gollini; Doherty, Romero, Carter-Vickers, Davies; Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso; Gil, Clarke, Scarlett
Pacos vs Tottenham prediction
There is a sense of optimism around Spurs following Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over champions Manchester City, so a game against Pacos that could previously have been greeted with a cynical edge now takes on a different air – especially with plenty of squad players looking to impress Nuno.
Early Spurs team news
Harry Kane did not travel with a youthful Spurs squad to Portugal on Wednesday morning, further delaying his return to action amid the England captain’s ongoing frustrations with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Kane is still building up his fitness after coming out of quarantine on Thursday last week and Nuno is set to ring the changes for the match, with the squad thought to include teenagers Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett.
Ryan Sessegnon is lacking match fitness, while Tanguy Ndombele’s future remains up in the air after not being used in pre-season despite no injury concerns.
Where to watch Pacos vs Tottenham
TV channel: The match will be televised on Premier Sports 1.
Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Premier Player app.
The first point of business then… FC Pacos de Ferreira is scheduled for a 7:30pm BST kick-off today.
The match will be played at Estadio Capital do Movel in Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the first leg of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League play-off tie against FC Pacos de Ferreira!