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Basel vs Tottenham Europa League Preview: Spurs face stern test to keep European quest alive

Vilas Boas





Steinhofer, Voser, Dragovic, Schar
Salah, Cabral, F Frei, Stocker
Streller, A Frei

Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson, Parker, Dembele, HoltbyDempsey

After being punished for their complacency at White Hart Lane, Tottenham are in need of a stellar showing to seal victory on their travels for the first time in six outings.

And with William Gallas (calf), Aaron Lennon (knee) and talisman Gareth Bale (ankle) all becoming fresh additions to the Spurs treatment table after last week’s encounter, Andre Villas-Boas will be forced into a number of changes to the starting line-up.

With Jermaine Defoe aggravating an ongoing pelvic injury, Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to lead the line on Thursday, whilst Kyle Naughton is expected to make way for Kyle Walker as the bustling right-back returns from suspension.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to be handed a start after his late equaliser against Everton, alongside Michael Dawson who is expected to fill in for the injured Gallas and Brad Friedel will once again come in for Hugo Lloris.

Basel were little short of a revelation in the first leg, with Marco Streller, Valentin Stocker and Mohamad Salah all asking a number of questions of the Tottenham rearguard.

The tricky trio are all expected to start Thursday’s clash and may be joined by the experienced Alexander Frei if coach Murat Yakin elects to field two strikers on home turf.

Park Joo-Ho and Marcelo Diaz are both back in contention after returning from suspension, whilst the now-fit Cabral could claim a place in the starting eleven after his second half-cameo at White Hart Lane.

Philipp Degen has also recovered from injury, but is unlikely to displace Mohamed Salah in the starting eleven after the Egyptian’s sterling performance in the first leg.

  • Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the oldest player left in this year’s competition and, at 41, is older than both Andre Villas-Boas and Basel coach Murat Yakin.
  • Jan Vertonghen  has appeared in all 1020 minutes of Tottenham’s Europa League campaign.
  • Spurs and Rubin Kazan are the only two survivors from the seven clubs granted automatic entry to the Europa League at the group stage.
  • Tottenham have not won a game in any competition without the injured Gareth Bale scoring since New Years Day.
  • Basel have tasted defeat just once since November, when they lost 1-0 away to Zenit St Petersburg in the last-16 of the Europa League.
  • The Swiss champions have won their last four home Europa League games without conceding a single goal.
  • Basel have picked up 23 yellow cards and three red cards in this year’s competition, more so than any other side.

Tottenham vs FC Basel 1st Leg Europa League Preview: Spurs continue Europa League hunt

Bale, Lennon, Vertonghen




Walker, Dawson, Gallas, Vertonghen
Livermore, Parker
Lennon, Dembele, Bale

Park, Degen, Dragovic, Schar
Die, Stocker, Frei, Diaz
Streller, Gharbiyya

With the exception of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Tottenham have a fully-fit squad at their disposal for the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with FC Basel at White Hart Lane.

The France international is still recovering from a knee injury he picked up on international duty last week, with Brad Friedel set to continue between the posts for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.

Both Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon returned from injury for Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swansea and the duo are expected to start on Thursday, while William Gallas and Jake Livermore should be recalled.

Jermain Defoe has scored four goals in the Europa League this season and is likely to replace Emmanuel Adebayor as Spurs’ lone striker, but Sandro and Younes Kaboul remain long-term absentees.

Basel, meanwhile, have no new injury concerns ahead of their visit to north London, with Marco Streller, Fabian Frei and former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen all expected to line-out for the Swiss side.

  • The sides are meeting for the first time in Uefa competition.
  • A 4-1 loss at Inter in their round of 16 second leg ended Tottenham’s 10-game unbeaten run in Europe, which stretched back to last season’s Europa League group stage.
  • Defenders Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen have appeared in all 930 minutes of Tottenham’s Europa League campaign.
  • FC Basel are the sole reigning domestic champions still in the draw. They have also played more European matches this term than any other surviving team (16), having begun their continental campaign in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
  • FC Basel have picked up 23 yellow cards and three red cards in this season’s Europa League, the most in the competition.
  • Alexander Frei – who will hang up his boots in the summer – has scored the most European club competition goals of any of the players left in the competition: 32 in 59 games.

Tottenham vs Fulham EPL Preview: Spurs aim to bounce back from first defeat in 13 games

Bale celebrating with team mates





Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto 

Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale 
Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise

Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff

Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) missed the loss to Liverpool last time out but both featured in the 4-1 loss to Inter in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday so are expected to make Saturday’s matchday squad.

Tom Huddlestone (knee) made the bench at Anfield and San Siro, but did not make the pitch as he continues his return to first-team action, while Sandro (knee) remains a long-term casualty.

Meanwhile, Fulham manager Martin Jol has a near-fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to White Hart Lane, with only Mahamdou Diarra (knee) definitely missing out while Eyong Enoh and Kerim Frei are slowly returning to match fitness.

  • Tottenham‘s defeat away at Liverpool was their first in 13 games in the Premier League.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ side have scored just 22 times in front of their own fans in the league all season.
  • But have only failed to find the back of the net on three separate occasions this term, with only league leaders Manchester United boasting a better record with two.
  • The reverse fixture between the two clubs at Craven Cottage back in December ended 3-0 to Tottenham, with Jermain Defoe )grabbing a double and Sandro completing the rout.
  • The game will see Dimitar Berbatov, Mousa Dembele and possibly Clint Dempsey feature against their former clubs, while Martin Jol managed Tottenham for three years between 2004-07.
  • Fulham have picked up just 12 of their 33 points on their travels this season.
  • Only four teams in the have conceded more goals on the road than Fulham’s tally of 27.
  • Fulham have won none of their last eight Premier League matches against Tottenham, losing the last six in a row

Tottenham Hotspur Fall 4-1 at Inter but Slip into Europa League Quarterfinals

AVB, Scott Parker, Lewis Holtby


The aim was not, Andre Villas-Boas had insisted beforehand, to “prove anything,” but rather, to complete the job Spurs had started so admirably last week. Fair enough then. Tottenham Hotspur lost 4-1 to Inter on Thursday in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie. But as 4-1 defeats go, this one was as productive as they come.

After beating the same team 3-0 last week at White Hart Lane, Spurs sputtered to a 3-0 reverse at full-time in the San Siro. The tie then ended 4-4 on aggregate, as both teams scored in extra time. But thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor’s extra-time strike, Spurs slipped through to the quarterfinals on away goals despite being outplayed for 120 minutes without their biggest star.

Speaking of which, while AVB might have denied the suggestion that Tottenham had anything to prove Thursday, his team did so anyway. Put simply, the critics have a point when they question Tottenham’s credentials without the talismanic presence of Gareth Bale.

The 23-year-old Welsh midfielder, who has shot to global acclaim in recent weeks for a string of strong performances, sat out Thursday’s match after receiving a yellow card for simulation in the first leg. Granted, his presence wouldn’t necessarily have stopped Inter from scoring four times, but with each passing game, it becomes more clear that his influence extends in and out and all throughout the squad.

Without him, Spurs nearly suffered a historic collapse. No team had lost a knockout tie in the Europa League era after winning the first leg by three goals. For all their domination last week in London, Spurs were outclassed in Italy.

For 120 minutes, this second leg had defied belief. And because of it, the self-belief Villas-Boas had so confidently proclaimed in the absence of his star seemed at best misplaced.

Inter vs Tottenham Europa League 2nd LegPreview: Italians attempt to overturn large first-leg deficit

Bale celebrating





Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira
Gargano, Cambiasso
Benassi, Cassano, Guarin


Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Holtby

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni will be hoping his side can recover from back-to-back to defeats. Samir Handanovic is set to return in goal after missing Sunday’s Serie A loss to Bologna through suspension.

Javier Zanetti made his 600th Serie A appearance in that match and the veteran is again expected to start. Up front, Antonio Cassano is poised to provide support to Rodrigo Palacio as they search for goals.

As for the visitors, Andre Villas-Boas will be without star man Gareth Bale whose yellow card in the first leg ruled him out of the game. Brad Friedel is again poised to start in goal in place of Hugo Lloris.

Emmanuel Adebayor could well be in contention for a return from an ankle injury, but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Jermain Defoe again starting. Steven Caulker could come into the team after recently losing his place to Michael Dawson.

  • Inter have struggled for results in Serie A over recent weeks – winning just three of their last 13 games.
  • Rodrio Palacio (pictured right) has an impressive scoring record in the Europa League this season with seven goals in nine appearances, two off Roberto Boninsegna’s all-time club competition record of nine managed in 1969-70.
  • Inter have won the Uefa Cup, now the Europa League, three times – in 1990-91, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
  • Tottenham are undefeated in their previous 10 Europa League games, including the 3-0 first-leg victory, stretching back to November, 2011.
  • The last meeting between the two teams at San Siro saw Inter run out 4-3 winners, with Bale grabbing the headlines in defeat with a hat-trick.
  • Spurs have won the Uefa Cup twice – in 1972 in its inaugural year, and again in 1984.
  • Tottenham have faced Italian opposition 10 times – winning four times, drawing four and losing just twice.

Tottenham vs Inter Europa League Preview: In-form Spurs face struggling Nerazzurri

Bale hugging AVB




Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton
Livermore, Parker
Lennon, Bale, Sigurdsson
Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira 
Gargano, Cambiasso
Schelotto, Cassano, Guarin

Brad Friedel will likely replace Hugo Lloris in goal for Tottenham, with the American becoming first-choice in cup competitions following the France captain’s promotion to Andre Villas-Boas’ Premier League XI.

Clint Dempsey (calf) is unlikely to feature and Mousa Dembele (knee) faces a race to be fit after limping out of Sunday’s north London derby.

Jermain Defoe made his return from injury against the Gunners and could replace Emmanuel Adebayor in attack after the Togo man was stretchered off with an ankle problem

Antonio Cassano was dropped for Inter’s weekend win over Catania after a row with manager Andrea Stramaccioni, but could find himself back in first-team contention to face Andre Villas-Boas’ side after apologising and receiving a fine from the club.

The Italian is likely to link up with Rodrigo Palacio after the Argentine scored two late goals to seal a narrow win for the Nerazzurri over the Sicilian outfit.

Stramaccioni’s side are plagued with injury problems as top-scorer Diego Milito (knee) is out for the season, while centre-backs Walter Samuel (Achilles) and Andrea Ranocchia (knee) also remains sidelined.

  • Tottenham have been on fine form domestically, having not lost in 12 league matches – their best unbeaten run in Premier League history.
  • Inter, meanwhile, have not so fared so well in their own league, having won just three of their last 12 Serie A matches as they sit in fourth, trying to remain in contention for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
  • Gareth Bale  has also been enjoying himself in the league. The Welshman has scored seven goals in his last five league appearances for the club. 
  • Bale, even putting aside his current run of form, will bring back bad memories for the Italian side, as he memorably tormented the Nerazzurri in both of their group stage matches in the 2010-11 Champions League, particularly at San Siro as the flying winger scored a hat-trick despite Inter’s 4-3 win.
  • Inter do, however, have their own in-form striker as, despite often featuring off the bench, Rodrigo Palacio has been directly involved in 23 goals for his club this season, including all two of their goals scored in their comeback win over Catania on Sunday.
  • The Nerazzurri have been poor away from home recently, as they have only managed a paltry four points from their last eight away league games, also conceding 19 goals in the process.

Tottenham vs Lyon Europa League Preview: Friedel to start in goal as Lloris sits out against former side

Bale Walker and Lennon





Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Bale

Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Dabo
Fofana, Gonalons
Lacazette, Grenier, Ghezzal

Andre Villas-Boas is set to make some changes from the side that defeated Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jan Vertonghen poised to come into the starting line-up to freshen up the backline.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is set to miss out against his former side as Villa-Boas revealed on Wednesday that second-choice Brad Friedel will be given the chance to impress.

Further forward, Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to start his first match for the club since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Younes Kaboul (knee) and Jermain Defoe (ankle) both remain a couple of weeks away from returning while Sando (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

For the hosts, Remi Garde could also change the team which lost 3-1 at home to Lille. Yoann Gourcuff has struggled to make the starting XI for the club on a consistent basis but could be given a chance to add to his three appearances in the Europa League.

Up front Bafetimbi Gomis may also potentially come in to give increased attacking options alongside fellow strike partner Lisandro Lopez.

  • Tottenham finished second in Group J behind Serie A outfit Lazio. The north London club took 10 points from their six games.
  • Hugo Lloris  made 195 appearances for Lyon during his four-year spell at the club before he departed to move to Tottenham in August.
  • The north London club have won the Uefa Cup twice – during its inaugural season in 1972 and in 1984.
  • Lyon won Group I in impressive fashion – taking 16 points out of a possible 18 – nine more than second-placed Sparta Prague.
  • Ex-Spurs midfielder Steed Malbranque has scored twice in 16 appearances since he joined Lyon last summer.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has netted twice in three Europa League games so far this season, and has been linked with a move to a host of Premier League sides.