White Hart Lane, London
Thursday, 27th November, 20:05 GMT
Tottenham host Partizan Belgrade at the White Hart Lane in a bid to seal qualification to the Europa League knockout stage with a victory.
Tottenham Hotspurs will book themselves a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League should they beat Partizan Belgrade at home. Spurs are level on points with Besiktas at the top of Group D.
Partizan Belgrade have a rather tough task at hand as they will want to replicate their performance of matchday 1 when they managed to hold Tottenham to a 0-0 draw. However, it will not be easy for the Serbian side to contain Tottenham at the White Hart Lane.
Tottenham go into this game with one eye on the knockout stage qualification and the other on Sunday’s upcoming Premier League game against Everton. A win will assure their qualification with a match in hand and that is what Pochettino’s men will aim for. Spurs come into this game on the back of away success against Hull City at the weekend which saw them move to the 10th spot in the Premier League table level on points with Everton and Arsenal and only 2 points behind 4th placed Manchester United.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue missed Sunday’s win at Hull and remain sidelined along with Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose. Federico Fazio is suspended for the game and Kyle Walker is still a few weeks away despite having returned to first-team training after abdominal surgery. The positive news is that Algerian midfielder Bentaleb is back from an ankle injury and is available for selection for the Group C game.
Probable line-up (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Dier, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Davies; Paulinho, Stambouli; Lennon, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane;
Partizan Belgrade have nothing to play for as they have already been eliminated from the tournament. The Serbian side’s only point so far came in a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in their opening match. Since then, they have lost three European games in a row, killing their chance of progressing to the knockout stage. Partizan will only play for glory and will try to at least hold Tottenham to a draw. However, away from home, a draw will be a very good result for Partizan.
Probable line-up (4-2-3-1): Lukac; B. Ilic, Cirkovic, Stankovic, Volkov; S. Ilic, Markovic; Grbic, Ninkovic, Lazovic; Skuletic;
Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 Partizan Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspurs are expected to win this game without many difficulties. The London based club will want to seal a place in the knockout round by winning this one and will like to move their focus to the Premier League. Spurs are expected to attack and score early and then sit back and defend for the rest of the game.