Wednesday night sees Spurs first home game in the European Cup (or that competitionâ€™s nearest current equivalent) since 1962. Thanks to the first half hour against Young Boys last Tuesday evening it also means weâ€™re going to witness a â€˜must winâ€™ match a lot sooner than we hoped for.
After being run ragged by a combination of speed and plastic in the former Wankdorf last week we recovered enough to nick two goals and thus bring back to life a tie that appeared more dead and buried than Crouchyâ€™s hopes of opening his Christmas presents with Abby this year.
Despite the fact that Gareth Bale is our only regular goal scorer at the moment Iâ€™d suggest itâ€™s in defence where this tie will be won and lost. We have enough about us to score at least once, especially given the likely White Hot Lane atmosphere, but can we keep them out on the break? Theyâ€™ll be confident of nicking a goal if we give them any space and rightly so judging by the way they regularly showed Dawson and co a clean pair of astroturf soles last time out. Charlie Corluka is our man most likely to exhibit bursts of Gareth Barry like acceleration so thereâ€™s a chance that Redknappâ€™s fondness for Kaboul may see him given an outing in the Croatianâ€™s place. Dawson and King should be reunited in the middle.
Up front and in midfield, a lot depends on the injury situation. With Defoe, Keane, Pav back weâ€™ll have options enough to be confident, but something extra from Lennon, Kranjcar, big Tom et al wouldnâ€™t go amiss.
Sandroâ€™s just won the Copa Libertadores and Gallas has been signed for his CL experience amongst other qualities. Levyâ€™s pen might be poised above a chequebook ready to bring in others to help but whether he actually signs his name or slings his biro away unused probably depends on Wednesday nightâ€™s result.
The sub-editors will be rubbing their hands in anticipation at the potential headlines should we cock it up. If we play anywhere near our best & donâ€™t freeze theyâ€™ll be sadly disappointed.
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