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Preview Pack - Spurs v Sporting Braga - 14.03.07

Preview for last week's game in Braga
Match report for last week's game in Braga
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Spurs record in Europe:-
The official crest of Tottenham Hotspur
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)

P   w   D   L   F - A
65 42  13  10  147- 46 

(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)

P    W   D   L   F - A
106 66  19  21  233-93

Group B Table - Rd 2 (5)
                  P  W  D  L  F-A  Pts
1. Spurs          4  4  0  0  9-2  12
2. D. Bucuresti   4  2  1  1  6-6   7
3. B. Leverkusen  4  1  1  2  4-5   4
4. Besiktas       4  1  0  3  4-7   3
4. Club Brugge    4  0  2  2  4-7   2

Braga's results in Europe this season

Braga      2-0   Chievo
Chievo     2-1   Braga
AZ Alkmaar 3-0   Braga
Braga      4-0   Slovan Liberec
Sevilla    2-0   Braga
Braga      2-0   Grasshoppers

Group C Table - Rd 2 (5)
                  P  W  D  L  F-A  Pts
1.AZ Alkmaar      4  3  1  0 12-5  10 
2.Sevilla         4  2  1  1  7-2   7
3.Sporting Braga  4  2  0  2  6-5   6
4.Slovan Liberec  4  1  2  1  6-7   5
5.Grasshoppers    4  0  0  4  3-15  0 

Braga      1-0   Parma
Parma      0-1   Braga
Braga      2-3   Spurs
The official crest of Sporting Braga While Spurs were involved in the epic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge this week-end, Sporting Braga had another home game against a club only one place off the bottom- Beira-Mar. The result was a somewhat less inspiring 0-0 draw.

The links to last week's game, and the associated preview can be found at the top of this page but I thought I would take this opportunity to point out that this is not the first occasion that the two clubs have met in the UEFA Cup.

Defending their 1984 UEFA Cup win, Spurs faced Braga in the first round in 1984. The away leg was played first, and Spurs won 3-0, with 2 goals from Mark Falco, and one from Tony Galvin. The return game on 3rd October, 1984 was even more convincing- 6-0 - in which Garth Crooks scored a hat-trick, Falco scored again, and Chris Hughton and Gary Stevens also found the net. Almost all this was achieved without Glenn Hoddle, who was a substitute in the second game. 19 year old Richard Cooke made 1 of his 17 all-time appearances (as sub) in this game. That year there were more spectators in Braga than at The Lane (30,000 to 22,478), but that situation will be reversed this week, despite the bloated Category A pricing for a team that is essentially moderate opposition.

It is interesting to note that in the next round (in 1984), Spurs conquered Club Brugge, who we met in this season's Round Two fixtures. Spurs ultimately were beaten in the Fourth Round by Real Madrid, losing 1-0 at home, and battling to a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeu.

Spurs are clearly favourites to win tomorrow's game, but the injury list gets longer and longer. With three games in the next 6 days, Martin Jol has a lot to work out, and matters were not helped by the fact that Anthony Gardner suffered a fracture in his fibula within two minutes of getting on at Stamford Bridge. Now we know why he struggled to match Drogba in that late challenge that led to the third goal for Chelsea.

Robbie Keane is fit, but Robinson, Jenas, Murphy, Ekotto, and Ledley King remain on the injured list. Ricardo Rocha has to sit this one out, so maybe Pascal Chimbonda will play in the middle next to Dawson, with Stalteri holding the right back slot.

I just hope that Spurs can score an early goal or two, allowing one or two key players to be rested ahead of Saturday's game at home to Watford. I hope we'll see Adel Taarabt and Charlie Lee get a chance to impress the home crowd.

This is one of those rare occasions when I have to miss a game, but I'll hope to get a report to you sometime on Thursday. I fancy Spurs to win 2-0.

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