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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v PSV, 06.11.18

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Spurs' record in Europe:-
The official crest of Tottenham Hotspur
 
U.E.F.A Champions League
 
 P  W   D   L   F - A
29 12   7  10  54 - 41
 
European Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
8   4   1   3  21 - 13
 
(Semi-Finalists 1962)
 
European Cup Winners Cup
 
P   W   D   L   F - A
33  20  5   8  65 - 34
 
(Winners 1963)
 
UEFA Cup/Europa League
 P    W   D   L   F - A
140  78  36  26  276-121 
 
(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)
 The club logo of PSV Eindhoven
Total
P    W   D   L   F - A
210 114 49  47  416-209

Group B Table
 		       P  W  D  L  F-A  GD   PTS
1. Barcelona    3  3  0  0 10-2   8    9
2. Inter        3  2  0  1  4-4   0    6
3. Spurs        3  0  1  2  5-8  -3    1  
4. PSV          3  0  1  2  3-8  -5    1

It's another "must win" game!

Both sets of supporters will be keeping a close eye on score updates from the San Siro Stadium, where Inter will be hosting Barcelona at the same time as our game is being played. Whilst all would not be lost for Spurs mathematically even if Inter win and we win, realistically with a win at home to Inter and away to the La Liga leaders required our hopes would be on a thread. Both sets of supporters at Wembley will be hoping for a win and also another win for Barcelona!

Firstly, we need that win and with eight, yes that's eight players missing, we face an uphill task surely. Mauricio Pochettino has managed his squad as best he could over this hectic recent schedule, but he cannot select any of Lloris (suspended), Foyth and Nkoudou (ineligible), or Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele and Wanyama (injured). You immediately understand why the manager was keen to rest Dele Alli on Saturday night and preserve him for tonight! That's one name on the team sheet then!

Choosing from the remaining available players is not so difficult, but as he did on Saturday, Mauricio does have options up front. Bearing in mind Paulo Gazzaniga was on the bench on Saturday night at Wolves, I'm wondering whether he or Michel Vorm will get the nod tomorrow. Vorm's first action after replacing Lloris after his sending off in Eindhoven was to make a very good save from De Jong's free kick. If Vorm plays tomorrow Spurs will have fielded three different goalkeepers in three consecutive games. I certainly cannot remember the last time that happened!

I think we must assume that Pochettino will field his strongest available team tonight, which suggests Vorm; Trippier (or perhaps a fresh Aurier), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane. There might be a place for Lucas Moura if Mauricio chooses a 4-3-3 with either Dele or Eriksen supporting Sissoko and Winks, in which case I could see Son starting on the bench. In a 4-2-3-1, I see Son on the left supporting the defence down that side. Remember he has played left wing-back for Spurs before! I don't usually get involved in these pre-match team prediction affairs, but I've entrapped myself here. We'll see tonight! We can expect to see Oliver Skipp and one or two other youngsters on the bench, I am sure. PS - I just realised I didn't even mention Erik Lamela, but he did play 90 minutes on Saturday. I always love to see Erik, of course!

I mentioned in my preview of the Wolves game on Saturday that PSG had beaten Spurs' 58 year old record of winning their first 11 league games in a season, by winning their 12th French League game. It's not at the same level, but PSV have now won their first 11 league games played this season. The Dutch League seems to be a two horse race these days but Ajax are already five points behind the leaders with Feyenoord a further seven points behind.

After our drawn game two weeks ago, the Dutch side beat FC Groningen 2-1 away and on Saturday they beat Vitesse 1-0 when De Jong scored. In between those games, PSV did lose a Round Two domestic cup game 3-2 after extra time to RKC Waalwijk, who are towards the bottom of the Dutch second tier. I suspect PSV fielded a weakened side.

It is very much a "do or die" game for both teams tonight and as we saw in Eindhoven, I expect a high energy game with both sides determined to get the three points. We should have won the away game, and it was errors (and Lloris's rash challenge) that lost us the game, so we can win tonight and I'll take us to win an exciting game in front of what I hope is an entusiastic and noisy home crowd 3-1!

Match referee Ivan Kružliak and his on-field team are from Slovakia. The only other time we have met this referee was in our 5-1 home win against Asteras Tripolis in October 2014. Harry Kane scored his first hat-trick for the senior team in that game. Already this season Mr Kruzliak has taken charge of a Champions League qualifier between Ajax and Standard Liege, and last month's match between Atletico Madrid and Club Brugge.

· "It was Twenty Years ago today!" - 20 years ago on November 7th, Dion Dublin (2) and Stan Collymore scored the goals that ensured Aston Villa beat us 3-2 at Villa Park. Our scorers were Darren Anderton (pen) and Ramon Vega.

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