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  • February 14, 2013
  • • 3:05 PM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
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Europa League Preview: Tottenham - Lyon

Spurs will be keen to restart their bid for Europa League glory with a victory against a Ligue 1 outfit which impressed in the group stages - taking 16 out of 18 possible points.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Bale
Dempsey
Adebayor
LYON

Vercoutre
Reveillere, Dabo, Bisevac, Umtiti
Ghezzal, Gourcuff, Gonalons, Malbranque Lopez, Gomis

Andre Villas-Boas is set to make some changes from the side that defeated Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jan Vertonghen poised to come into the starting lineup to freshen up the back line.

Further forward, Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to start his first match for the club since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Younes Kaboul (knee) and Jermain Defoe (ankle) both remain a couple of weeks away from returning. Sando (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

For the hosts, Remi Garde could also change the team which lost 3-1 at home to Lille. Yoann Gourcuff has struggled to make the starting XI for the club on a consistent basis but could be given a chance to add to his three appearances in the Europa League.

Up front Bafetimbi Gomis may also potentially come in to give increased attacking options alongside fellow strike partner Lisandro Lopez.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tottenham finished second in Group J behind Serie A outfit Lazio. The north London club took 10 points from its six games.

  • Hugo Lloris (pictured right) made 195 appearances for Lyon during his four-year spell at the club before he departed to move to Tottenham in August.

  • The north London club has won the UEFA Cup twice - during its inaugural season in 1972 and in 1984.

  • Lyon won Group I in impressive fashion - taking 16 points out of a possible 18 - nine more than second-placed Sparta Prague.

  • Ex-Spurs midfielder Steed Malbranque has scored twice in 16 appearances since he joined Lyon last summer.

  • Bafetimbi Gomis has netted twice in three Europa League games so far this season, and has been linked with a move to a host of Premier League sides.

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24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
1Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
5Dejan LovrenDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
5Milan BiševacDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
9Lisandro LópezDefender
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
16Anthony LopesGoalkeeper
4BakyDefender
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
12Jordan FerriMidfielder
31Rachid GhezzalMidfielder
25Yassine BenziaStriker

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