Tottenham return to Europa League action tonight as they face Tromsø in one of their final group stage games. The fight for second place is still fierce despite Tottenham having safely qualified for the knockout stages. Spurs earned a comfortable 3-0 victory when the two teams met at White Hart Lane back in September, with Jermain Defoe getting on the scoresheet twice.
Tottenham have had quite the excellent season in regard to Europe. Having only conceded one goal in the group stage to Sheriff, Spurs have scored thoroughly, out played every opponent and exercised the squad at AVB’s disposal. Jermain Defoe has seen himself break record after record and is playing to his peak in the European side of affairs.
The last time we ventured to an away game, we came up against the gun slinging menaces that were Sheriff. Sheriff showed Spurs how difficult an away game could be. The break came on the 12th minute of time for Tottenham in Sheriff. Lamela took the corner short to Christian Eriksen who took the ball to the side and curled a cross into the centre for Jan Vertonghen to head home with some help from his marker. Spurs led 1-0 and entered a stage of possession and dominance over the Sheriff’s who couldn’t carry out their duties. Not long after Spurs had the chance to double the lead. Christian Eriksen found himself in the centre and flicked a miraculous ball through to the running Aaron Lennon but despite being one-on-one with the keeper, Lennon couldn’t add enough lift to the ball to put a convincing shot on as the keeper parried to safety.
The second goal for Tottenham came in the form of Jermain Defoe. After receiving the ball from Nacer Chadli, a Jermain struck a powerful effort towards goal only for it to be deflected and fire into the net. This meant that Jermain had equalled Martin Chivers’ all time record for European goals scored for Tottenham at 22. He almost had the chance to score a third for Tottenham moments later but his chipped effort scooped wide of the post.
Team wise, Paulinho, Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe, Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor have remained at home. Christian Eriksen (ankle), Danny Rose (foot) and Harry Kane (back) remain injured. Brad Friedel, Kyle Naughton and Etienne Capoue are all likely to start for Spurs.
Predicted team: Friedel, Naughton, Stewart, Chiriches, Fryers, Capoue, Bentaleb, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Kane, Coulthirst. (4-1-3-2)
*This team is purely predicted.