Local club Tottenham at White Hart Lane takes Italian guests Lazio from Roma.
The main question is what aims both teams have set on the European League!
For last seasons for the teams from the top countries European League is in priority when they act middling in their national championships, neither good, nor bad. Lazio scored nine points in three games, and with Napoli and Juventus is at the top of the standings.
The new coach of Lazio Vladimir Petkovic has not a big bench, and he understands that to play all the time with one squad is simply unreal.
Tottenham team this season, with Villas-Boas is very unstable. Only in the last round, they managed to win against Reading in EPL with a score of 1:3. Tottenham have also not very long bench, plus they need to focus on powerful EPL.
Therefore, the European League can be an additional weight for both clubs.
Lazio in the last round has beat strong opponent Chievo. The victory was brought by Klose and Hernandez. So, we can expect the same squad.
Andre Villas-Boas is likely to put a similar start line-up as in the match against Reading.
Also, the Portuguese manager can put to the game Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has a knee injury, so Kyle Naughton will replace him on the left flank. Scott Parker should be back after his problems with the Achilles. But this can not happen in this match. In this case, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone will fight for a place in the midfield. Younes Kaboul will not play. He has a long-term knee injury.
So, we are waiting for an interesting and controversial match.
Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton, Dembele, Sandro, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe.
Last three games:
Reading 1 – Tottenham 3;
Tottenham 1 – Norwich City 1;
Tottenham 1 – West Bromwich Albion 1.
Lazio line-up: Marchet, Scaloni, Biava, Dias, Cavanda, Ledesma, Ederson, Cana, Hernanes, Mauri, Klose.
Last three games:
1 Chievo – Lazio 3;
Lazio 3 – Palermo 0;
Lazio 3 – ND Mura May 1.