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UEFA Europa League

  • 5 April 2013
  • • 00:35
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Mažić
  • • Attendance: 32361
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Tottenham-FC Basel Preview: Spurs continue Europa League hunt

Tottenham-FC Basel Preview: Spurs continue Europa League hunt

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Andre Villas-Boas' side face the Swiss league leaders in the first-leg of their quarter-final White Hart Lane

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

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.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Basel

Wins
0
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Draw
FC Basel 1893 FCB
FC Basel 1893 Basel
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
2 - 0
FC Basel 1893 FCB
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
3 - 0
FC Basel 1893 FCB
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
3 - 1
FC Basel 1893 FCB

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