Tottenham travel to Milan for the second leg of a Round of 16 UEFA Europa League tie against Internazionale. Spurs will look to seal passage to the next round on the back of a commanding 3-0 win in the first leg.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 6pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD.
Inter Milan have been unimpressive this season and are going through their worst spell in the Serie A, having won only three of the last 12 games. In addition, they lost at the weekend - beaten 1-0 at home by Bologna - which is unlikely to gain Andrea Stramaccioni any help from the fans when Andre Villas-Boas and his men come to town.
The one piece of good news for Inter is Gareth Bale will not be playing. The 23-year-old Welsh international scored a hat-trick the last time these sides played in the Giuseppe Meazza but a yellow card, for diving, from the first leg means he is suspended for this tie. Even so, Inter face an uphill task if they want to remain in European competition this season.
Domestically, Inter are fifth and with a 15-point gap to leaders Juventus, any thoughts of a Serie A title have long since evapourated. Like Arsenal in the Premier League and even their visitors for Thursday evening, Inter's major goal will be to qualify for the Champions League next season. And to do so, they will have to displace city rivals AC Milan from third place.
Meanwhile, Spurs are in wonderful form, even if a 12-match unbeaten run came to an end on the weekend. AVB was beaten 3-2 by Liverpool, at Anfield. The ex-Chelsea boss will not have been too disappointed though. His club are still in pole position to finish third in the league; Spurs are two points ahead of the Blues in the race for a top four finish, although the west London outfit do have a game in hand. Local rivals Arsenal are a full seven points behind, although they too have a game in hand.
The Liverpool defeat will worry AVB for one reason - poor defending. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, a summer signing, was at fault for Stewart Downing's goal and Cameroon left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto conceded a soft penalty with barely minutes to go, to give the Reds all three points.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W D W
- Last Match: Inter Milan 0 - 1 Bologna
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W D
- Last Match: Liverpool 3 - 2 Tottenham
Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic will return to the starting line-up for this match. The Slovenian international sat out the weekend defeat to serve a suspension. The Nerazzurri will rely on inspirational captain Javier Zanetti, who made his 600th appearance for the club against Bologna and the ageless 39-year-old will start at right-back again.
Expect Stramaccioni to recall former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano, after his usual disciplinary problems, to the first team. The Italian international will be expected to link with Rodrigo Palacio as Inter hunt for goals.
Probable Line-Up: Handanovic; Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira; Gargano, Cambiasso; Benassi, Cassano, Guarin; Palacio
AVB will, as mentioned, be without Bale. Apart from that there is good news. Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) may be ready to play. Expect American goalkeeper Brad Friedel to replace Lloris for this match, much as the latter played second fiddle in the first half of the season.
Probable Line-Up: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Parker, Holtby; Sigurdsson; Defoe
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