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UEFA Europa League

  • 8 November 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Munukka
  • • Attendance: 27089

Tottenham - Maribor Preview: Hosts still searching for first win of Europa League campaign

Tottenham - Maribor Preview: Hosts still searching for first win of Europa League campaign

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With a game against Manchester City on the horizon, Andre Villas-Boas needs to find a balance between youth and experience in order to salvage a faltering European run



Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton
Livermore, Huddlestone
Falque, Sigurdsson, Bale

Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Mejac
Ibraimi, Filipovic, Mertelj, Cvijanovic

Mousa Dembele (hip) and Sandro (knock) remain sidelined for Tottenham for this game, but Jake Livermore is likely to recover from an ankle injury sustained against Norwich City last week.

Elsewhere, long-term absentees Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Younes Kaboul (both knee) and Scott Parker (Achilles) are all still resigned to the treatment table, though the latter is approaching a comeback.

For Maribor, defensive stalwart Ales Mejac is a doubt for the game after missing the team's final training session, but did make the journey to England meaning Rajko Rep is the only absentee.

However, that is where the bad news ends for head coach Darko Milanic as Jovan Vidovic is available for selection again after missing the tie in Slovenia through suspension and Nejc Potokar is likely to return from injury.

  • Maribor are yet to beat English opposition in three attempts, having lost two and drawn 1-1 against Tottenham on matchday three.
  • While usually one of the better teams in Slovenia, the away side have won just two of their last six games in all competitions.
  • Maribor have won just one of their 15 games away from home in Europe - against Dinamo Kiev in 1999.
  • Tottenham have won just one of their last five home games in all competitions.
  • Spurs have an impressive home record in Europe, losing just two of their last 13 games, but those two have come in the last five.
  • The north London side have won just one of their last six European games, and are yet to win this campaign.

Players to watch

Iago Falqué

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Juventus youngster was Tottenham's brightest spark in an otherwise disappointing 2-1 loss to Norwich City in the Capital One Cup last week, and could be rewarded with another starting berth in the Europa League.

A threat on the flanks, his impressive left foot led to a number of pin-point deliveries and fierce drives which troubled a defence more experienced than Thursday's opponents.

R. Berič

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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A deserved goalscorer in the last fixture between these two sides as his movement and link-up play with Marcos Tavares consistently troubled a below-par Tottenham defence.

A similar display is capable of causing further trouble against a central-defensive pairing that has looked shaky in the Premier League recently.

Editor's Prediction

After a torrid week which has seen Spurs lose three on the trot, Andre Villas-Boas will be desperate to get back to winning ways. Three draws from their opening three games in Europe was not the desired return, and only a win will do for the English side in front of their home support. Expect a revitalised Spurs team eager to right recent wrongs.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
NK Maribor MAR
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Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
2 - 0
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3 - 1
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2 - 1
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