Tottentam Hotspur travel to Sheriff Tiraspol in the third group game of the Europa League on Thursday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-Off is set for 6pm BST. Live coverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD.
This is the first time that Sheriff will face English opposition and the Moldovan Champions will be looking to stamp their authority on the tie, where they will go in as stark underdogs. The minnows in this group have found the net only once in their last two games and will face a challenge greater than anything they have faced thus far against the mighty Spurs who are among the most defensively astute sides in the Premier League. However, their manager, Veaceslav Rusnac believes that his side will go all out for a win as they have nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fixture.
Tottenham will be looking to maintain their 100% record in the Europa League, having seen off competition from Tromso and Anzhi Makhachkala in the previous two games. A win here will more or less guarantee a place in the knockouts as Andre Villas-Boas looks to extend his European legacy with Tottenham, having won this competition previously with Porto. Tottenham have started the season well, currently fifth in the league with 16 points, three points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Meanwhile Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to get his first start of the season after returning into full training. Aaron Lennon is also expected to start after recovering from a leg injury. England's new found hero, Andros Townsend is expected to be rested for the game.
What the Managers Say
Veaceslav Rusnac: "We are looking forward towards this match. Everyone is looking forward to the game, including our players, coaching staff and management. We understand that they are a team of a high European level and we understand that they are favourites not only in our group but in the whole tournament. Nevertheless, we are going to fight tomorrow. We prepared very seriously for this game."
Andre Villas-Boas: "They are influenced by the Brazilians they have: Six Brazilians, very creative players and particularly in midfield. They are a counter attacking team which break quickly so we have to be aware. But we also must keep to our own principles and stay solid in defence."
- Last Five(European competitions, most recent first): D D W D L
- Last Result: Tromso 1-1 Sheriff
- Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W L W D W
- Last Result: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham
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