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

Vilas Boas

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

BASEL

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

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

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.
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Tottenham vs Everton EPL Preview: Champions League-chasing pair after vital victory

Scott Parker

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson, Parker, Livermore, Dembele
Holtby
  
Adebayor
EVERTON

Howard
 Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin
Coleman, Gibson, Mirallas, Osman, Baines
Anichebe, Jelavic

Andre Villas-Boas will be without key man Gareth Bale, who sustained an ankle injury during the club’s Europa League draw with Basel and is expected to miss the next two games at a minimum.

The Spurs manager is likely to also contend with the absences of Aaron Lennon (knee) and William Gallas (calf) who also suffered injuries during Thursday’s clash at White Hart Lane.

England international Jermain Defoe is still two weeks away from returning from a groin injury, whilst Younes Kaboul (knee) has only returned returned to first-team training following a seven-month absence and Sandro (knee) is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Everton manager David Moyes will again prepare his team without right-back Tony Hibbert who misses out with a calf injury, whilst Kevin Mirallas is hoping to shake off a groin problem.

Midfield pairing Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are set to complete two-match bans and will return for the home tie with QPR the following week.

  • Tottenham have lost more Premier League matches in the month of April than any other team – 35 in total.
  • Andre Villas-Boas  is two wins games away from his 100th career victory in management.
  • Along with Swansea City, Tottenham are the only side in the league not to score a goal from a penalty kick.
  • Spurs have scored at least two goals in five of their last six Premier League games.
  • Everton are currently on a run which has seen them win three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2010.
  • David Moyes’ side have been leading at half-time in each of their last three wins, but are looking to claim victory at White Hart Lane for the first time since 2008.
  • If the Toffees claim victory on Sunday, it will be their 600th away win in league football.

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

Bale, Lennon, Vertonghen

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Friedel
Walker, Dawson, Gallas, Vertonghen
Livermore, Parker
Lennon, Dembele, Bale
Defoe
FC BASEL

Sommer
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

 

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TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto 

Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale 
Holtby
Defoe
FULHAM
 
Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise

Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff
Ruiz
Berbatov

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

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

INTER

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

TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Holtby
Sigurdsson
Defoe

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.

Liverpool vs Tottenham EPL Preview: Suarez and Bale square off in Anfield duel

Bale hugging AVB

Liverpool are still without Fabio Borini and Brad Jones (both shoulder), while Martin Kelly and Martin Skrtel are also expected to miss out with knee injuries.

January signing Daniel Sturridge is expected to start, however, with the striker having returned to full training earlier in the week.

The usual candidates will also be in contention for a starting berth in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen in with a chance of selection.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are still without Sandro and Tom Huddlestone (both knee) but welcomed Mousa Dembele back from a knee problem against Inter on Thursday.

The north London club may also be able to recall Emanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey up front, with the pair expected to have overcome their respective fitness issues by Sunday.

Elsewhere, Lewis Holtby may be in line for a starting role having come off the bench in the 3-0 win against Inter, while William Gallas is another defensive option manager Andre Villas-boas may well use.

  • Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale  have 37 league goals between them this season. The Uruguayan currently tops the scorers charts with 21, while Welshman Bale has 16 to his name.
  • Seventh-placed Liverpool are 12 points behindTottenham in the Premier League with 10 games to go.
  • The Reds are yet to win against a side higher than them in the league table this season. The highest-ranked side they have beaten are Swansea, who are eighth.
  • Liverpool’s home form in their last five league games at Anfield has been impressive. The Reds have lost once in that time but have otherwise won 3-0 once, 4-0 once and 5-0 twice.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions but, more impressively, boast an unbeaten streak of 12 games in the Premier League.
  • Bale reached the landmark of having scored 50 goals for Spurs when he scored in the 3-0 win over Inter on Thursday. The Welshman scored at both ends in the reverse fixture this season when Tottenham beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
  • The Reds have not beaten Spurs since January 2010 when Dirk Kuyt scored twice during a 2-0 win at Anfield.
  • Spurs have fared well on the road this season, having won eight away games in the Premier League, while drawing twice and losing four times.