Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(18) 8 Goals 5 (16)
(11) 6 Assists 6 (9)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.8 (7)
29.8 Average Age 27.9
180.6 Average Height (cm) 181.8
(1) 0.9 Shots pg 1.3 (1.4)
(52%) 53% Aerial Duel Success 66% (56%)
(1) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.9)
(1.7) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Sandro Out 6.88
Younes Kaboul Out N/A
Jermain Defoe Out 6.82
Tom Huddlestone Out 7.16
Player Reason Status Rating
Lisandro López Doubtful 6.95

Team News

  • Spurs are still without Kaboul, Sandro and Defoe, while Huddlestone also misses out, but with no game at the weekend Andre Villas-Boas has the freedom to choose any of his fit players without having to worry about whether they will be ok to play in a few days time.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor could start up front for the first time since the QPR game at the beginning of January, having missed the last few weeks at the AFCON.
  • Hugo Lloris won't face his former club, with AVB confirming that Brad Friedel will start between the sticks, while there could be changes at the back with Gallas and Vertonghen coming in.
  • Dejan Lovren was suspended from domestic duties last weekend and will therefore be fresh to come back into the starting XI at White Hart Lane.
  • Lisandro Lopez missed the defeat to Lille with a calf injury and could miss out here.
  • Steed Malbranque has only made 2 starts in the Europa League this season but may be given the nod here, and thus given the chance to play against his former club.

Prediction

  • Hugo Lloris and Steed Malbranque face their former employees here in one of the ties of the round in the Europa League last 32. Spurs are in fine form domestically, 4th in the Premier League, and the fact they have no game this weekend may provide an advantage in that they don't have to worry about resting anyone.
  • Lyon, 2nd in the French top flight, have gone off the boil somewhat, winning only 3 of their last 9 games in all competitions, including going out of the cup to third tier Epinal not long ago.
  • The recent form of Gareth Bale has been enough to carry Spurs to positive results in recent weeks, and while their players found it hard to reach top gear in the group stages, the prospect of facing Lyon should be enough to motivate the players and fans alike.
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