Tottenham Hotspur v Tromso IL : Match Preview

19 September 2013 04:38

Tottenham kick off their Europa League Group K campaign tonight with a home clash with Norwegian side Tromso.

Andre Villas-Boas' side reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season will be looking to improve on that this term, despite losing Gareth Bale to Real Madrid this summer.

However, Spurs have started thei Premier League season well with three wins from four games, but Villas-Boas is expected to make a number of changes to his side for the Europa League.

Wingers Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli are both ruled out through injury, while midfielder Etienne Capoue is sidelined with an ankle problem.

Jermain Defoe could be in line for a rare start, but Emmanuel Adebayor is not in the first-team plans of Villas-Boas and continues to train with the development squad.

Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches could also make his debut Tottenham after winning his work permit.

Tromso only reached the group stages of the Europa League after Besiktas - who beat them in qualifying - were kicked out of the competition for their part in match-fixing scandal in Turkey.

Defender Hans Norybe is set to miss out for the Norwegians after suffering a broken nose in last weekend's win over Rosenborg.

Tromso coach Agnar Christensen is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Magnus Andersen as he battles with an ankle injury, while Ruben Kristiansen and Jaroslaw Fojut should be fit to play after recovering from illness.

Tottenham Predicted Starting XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel

Defense: Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose

Defensive Midfield: Sandro, Lewis Holtby

Attacking Midfield: Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Townsend

Forward: Jermain Defoe

Source: DSG