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UEFA Europa League

  • March 14, 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: I. Bebek
  • • Attendance: 18241
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Aggregate 4 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur win on away goals

Inter - Tottenham Preview: Italians attempt to overturn large first-leg deficit

Andre Villas-Boas’ side head into the second leg leading 3-0 and will hope to finish off their out-of-sorts Serie A opponent, but are without the suspended Gareth Bale

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Handanovic
Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira
Gargano, Cambiasso
Benassi, Cassano, Guarin
Palacio

TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Holtby
 Sigurdsson
Defoe


Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni will be hoping his side can recover from back-to-back to defeats. Samir Handanovic is set to return in goal after missing Sunday’s Serie A loss to Bologna through suspension.

Javier Zanetti made his 600th Serie A appearance in that match and the veteran is again expected to start. Up front, Antonio Cassano is poised to provide support to Rodrigo Palacio as they search for goals.

As for the visitors, Andre Villas-Boas will be without star man Gareth Bale whose yellow card in the first leg ruled him out of the game. Brad Friedel is again poised to start in goal in place of Hugo Lloris.

Emmanuel Adebayor could well be in contention for a return from an ankle injury, but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Jermain Defoe again starting. Steven Caulker could come into the team after recently losing his place to Michael Dawson.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Inter have struggled for results in Serie A over recent weeks - winning just three of their last 13 games.
  • Rodrio Palacio (pictured right) has an impressive scoring record in the Europa League this season with seven goals in nine appearances, two off Roberto Boninsegna's all-time club competition record of nine managed in 1969-70.
  • Inter have won the Uefa Cup, now the Europa League, three times - in 1990-91, 1993-94 and 1997-98.
  • Tottenham are undefeated in their previous 10 Europa League games, including the 3-0 first-leg victory, stretching back to November, 2011.
  • The last meeting between the two teams at San Siro saw Inter run out 4-3 winners, with Bale grabbing the headlines in defeat with a hat-trick.
  • Tottenham have faced Italian opposition 10 times - winning four times, drawing four and losing just twice.

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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
2JonathanDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
27Vid BelecGoalkeeper
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Simone PasaDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Niccolò BelloniStriker
-Matteo ColombiStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
13William GallasDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
19Mousa DembéléMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
23Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
Players to Watch
Antonio Cassano
Antonio Cassano
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 99
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Italy international struggled to shine in the first leg at White Hart Lane with Inter finding it hard to cope with Spurs’ blistering start. But his team-mates and manager will know that a couple of early pieces of magic from the ex-AC Milan man could well unlock the visitors’ backline and make the tie interesting.
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
After regaining fitness after an injury-plagued first half to the season, Parker has fitted back into the side in the absence of the influential Sandro. Inter will be hoping to get an early goal to gain a foothold in the tie and Parker could have an important role to play in stunting the Italians’ threat, much as he last week.
Prediction
Inter face an extremely difficult uphill task to stand any chance of progressing following the 3-0 first-leg defeat. With Spurs impressive away from home, they should have far too much to let their opponents get back into the tie but must be wary on complacency.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 2

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