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Spurs Odyssey Preview - UEFA Cup £rd Rd 1st Leg
Slavia Prague v Spurs - 14.02.08

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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
74 46  16  12  167-59 

(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)

P    W   D   L   F - A
115 70  22  23  253-106


POS            P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
1 Getafe       4  3  0  1  7-5   2   9
2 Spurs        4  2  1  1  7-5   2   7
3 Anderlecht   4  1  2  0  5-4   1   5
4 AaB          4  1  1  2  7-7   0   4
5 H. Tel-Aviv  4  1  0  3  3-8  -5   3

The official crest of Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague's matches in Europe
(Champions League)this season:-

2nd Qualifying Round
MSK Zilina    0-0   Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague 0-0   MSK Zilina
(Prague qualified 4-3 on penalties)

3rd Qualifying Round

Ajax             0-1   Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague    2-1   Ajax

Group H

Slavia Prague    2-1   Steaua Bucuresti
Sevilla          4-2   Slavia Prague
Arsenal          7-0   Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague    0-0   Arsenal
Steaua Bucuresti 1-1   Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague    0-3   Sevilla

Group H Table

POS              P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
Sevilla          6  5  0  1 14-7    7  15
Arsenal          6  4  1  1 14-4   10  13
Slavia Prague    6  1  2  3  5-16 -11   5
Steaua Bucuresti 6  0  1  5  4-10  -6   1

When Spurs travelled to Prague in September 2006 for their First Round UEFA Cup encounter, the match was Spurs 100th in European competition, and now they have played 115 games. Slavia Prague were seventh in their league at the time, and losing form. They had qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of a third place in the previous season. This year is different. Slavia are top of their league and having finished second at the end of last season, they got through the qualifying stages to enter the Champions League. Having finished a poor third in their Champions League group, Slavia now join us in the UEFA Cup.

Whilst Slavia Prague are presently at the top of their league, they have a problem insofar as they have had their winter break, with their last competitive game having been played on 12th December, when they lost 3-0 at home to Sevilla. Luis Fabiano, Fredi Kanoute, and Daniel were Sevilla's scorers, and no doubt Juande Ramos will have viewed the game and received a full report upon Slavia Prague's performance. Ramos was still in charge of Sevilla when they beat Prague 4-2 earlier in the season.

Slavia famously got thrashed 7-0 at The Emirates stadium in October, although they did manage a 0-0 in their home match against Arsenal. Our hosts are unbeaten in their league for 10 games, but they have only won 2 of the last 6 of those games, so apart from an enforced two month break, their form does not appear too great.

We don't know then if they will be fresh, or in need of a match or two to warm up. Last year Slavia didn't have European competition to worry about as we knocked them out. Their break lasted from December till March, and they carried on in their domestic league winning four games on the trot to add to a similar run before the break. Maybe the winter break angle is not the place for inspiration.

Slavia's squad has changed significantly since last season. They are still coached by Karel Jarolim, but Lukas Jarolim has left whilst Marek Jarolim arrived. There is a Cerny (Jaroslav) in the ranks, but the only familiar name amongst Skavia's squad will be former Liverpool player Vladimir Smicer. Smicer has featured in 13 games in all, but played 90 minutes in one. He arrived from Bordeaux.

Slavia's top scorer, Stanislav Vlcek, who mplayed against us in last year's games, has left the club for Anderlecht. That leaves Daniel Pudil and Ladislav Volesak as the most likely source of goals for the home side, but Slavia have not scored more than one goal in a game for 11 games.

Last season, Spurs won the home and away games by the same margin - 1-0. Jermaine Jenas scored an early settler in the Prague stadium, and Robbie Keane scored ten minutes from time at White Hart Lane.

For Spurs, Michael Dawson will not be available, but Woodgate can return, and we wonder if Ledley King will have an outing in this game before perhaps his biggest match on February 24th at Wembley. Chimbonda will return to right back, due to Hutton's ineligibility, and therefore either Lee or perhaps new signing Gilberto will take the left back slot.

Didier Zokora has of course returned from his adventures in Africa, so Juande Ramos has all the options he needs in the middle.

I feel that Spurs need, and will want to win by two clear goals this Thursday, thus enabling some possible resting of key players for the home leg, which precedes the Carling Cup Final by just three days.

I also fancy that we will win 2-0. Spurs Odyssey is travelling too early to pick up team news, and will report on the game on Friday.

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