Spurs vs FC Sheriff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up, Key Man & Predicted Score
Tottenham Hotspur welcome FC Sheriff to White Hart Lane tonight looking to cement their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Here’s a preview.
Tottenham Hotspur welcome FC Sheriff to White Hart Lane tonight looking to cement their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Spurs have won all three fixtures in Group K so far and boast a five point lead over second placed Anzhi with Sheriff a further two points adrift, so all they need tonight is a draw to secure safe passage to the last 32 of the competition. For those who like to gamble, the home side are huge odd-on favourites with bookmakers such as SportsBettingOnline.ag, so our tip would be to back Spurs at -2 to get any real value. Defoe to score at any time is also worth a look.
Boss Andre Villas-Boas’ men have so far yet to concede a goal in any of their previous three games and beat the Moldovan champions 2-0 in the reverse fixture last month, so it’s going to be a tall order for the visitors to take anything away from the game tonight.
The latest team news from Tottenham’s official website is that AVB will once again rotate his team in Europe with several changes expected from the side that drew 0-0 with Everton on Sunday.
Hugo Lloris has trained this week despite being knocked out at the weekend after a clash with Romelu Lukaku, but Brad Friedel is expected to start against Sheriff.
Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado are expected to be rested, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul coming in.
Etienne Capoue may make his first start in over two months in midfield with Sandro out after picking up a hamstring injury on Sunday. The Brazilian joins Danny Rose, Nacer Chadli and Zeko Fryers on the sidelines.
Jermaine Defoe should start up front as he looks to score one more goal to become Tottenham’s all-time leading goal-scorer in Europe.
Jermaine Defoe: The striker has been deadly in the Europa League so far this season and will be well up for this game as he looks to become Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer in Europe.
Tottenham 3-0 Sheriff: The north Londoners will have way too much for the Moldovan minnows to handle.
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