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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Anzhi, 12.12.13

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Spurs record in Europe:-
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U.E.F.A Champions League
 P   W   D   L   F - A
12   5   3   4  25 -19
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
113  66  29  18  232-90 
(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)
P    W   D   L   F - A
166 95  38  33  341-156
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Europa League Group K
(After Matchday 5)

Pos Team    P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
1. Spurs    5  5  0  0 11-1  10  15
2. Anzhi    5  2  2  1  3-3  0    8
3. Sheriff  5  0  3  2  3-6 -3    3
4. Tromso   5  0  1  4  1-8 -7    1 

Spurs results in Group K

Spurs      3-0   Tromso
Anzhi      0-2   Spurs
FC Sheriff 0-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   FC Sheriff
Tromso     0-2   Spurs

Completing the formalities.

It's a case of completing the formalities for Spurs tomorrow night with first and second place in Group K already decided after the last round of matches. Tromso will be away to Sheriff in the other game, and it is hardly likely that they will manage the win they would require to gain third place. Maybe there are European competition co-efficent points to be gained through a positive result, so let's hope that and pride in performance will be enough to give us all some entertainment at White Hart Lane.

There is some good news for Spurs fans in the knowledge that both Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen are in the squad for tomorrow's game. With Jan Vertonghen definitely out tomorrow and surely a doubt for Sunday's crunch game against Liverpool, let's hope that Danny Rose comes through tomorrow's game, and can get into contention for Sunday. On that note, I think I'd rather see Zeki Fryers start at left back, and see Danny get half an hour to prove his fitness.

Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul are definitely out, as does Vlad Chiriches, but we are told that he "may also be fit" to face Liverpool. I sincerely hope that is the case, because I think he could be the best equipped of our defenders to keep tabs on Suarez.

A lot of Spurs fans would be hoping to see "The Kids" in this game, but our under-21 team has a game at Motspur Park against Fulham on Friday night, so I think we will see a stronger team than some would prefer. Brad Friedel will no doubt start, and I suspect Kyle Naughton will play at right back, with Dawson and Capoue once again in partnership at the back.

Jermain Defoe is the top scorer in this year's Group stage of the Europa League, but he is not likely to get a chance to add to his tally tomorrow, with Soldado probably stepping in. Defoe might not have hit the net on Saturday, but he showed enough good form against Sunderland to justify being first choice against iverpool, I feel.

Sandro played less than 20 minutes on Saturday, so one assumes he will start tomorrow. The rest of the team is your guess as much as mine. Eriksen will hopefully be fit enough to start.

Anzhi have played their last domestic game until March, due to their winter break. This once rich, but nor barren team has not managed a domestic match win all season so far, and they are now bottom of the league after 19 games.

The only two games Anzhi have won were at home and away against Tromso, and they were both 1-0 victories. In 12 games since we beat them 2-0 in early October, they have managed just four goals, so it would seem whichever Spurs team plays tomorrow, they have nothing to fear. With Townsend likely to start, along with Sigurdsson, I'd suggest we should win 3-0.

The match officials are from Sweden tomorrow night, and the referee is the experienced Stefan Johannesson

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