Tottenham vs Basel Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 4, 2013; Time: 7:05 PM UTC;
Venue: White Hart Lane — London.
The Spurs continue Europa League title race. Andre Villas-Boas’ team faces the Swiss club in the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.
Tottenham stands 3rd in the Premier League with 57 points form 31 games. The Spurs have 2 points lead over Chelsea, but they have played a game more than the Blues. Also, they are in a very close fight for the Champions League spots with 5th-placed Arsenal. Their present form has seen 3 losses and 2 wins from last five games. Last five home matches the Spurs have finished with 4 straight wins and 1 defeat. In the Europa League, Tottenham have passed through Lyon and Inter Milan in the previous rounds. Dembele scored a late goal against Lyon and Adebayor scored surviving goal in extra-time against Inter. A 4-1 defeat to Inter ended their 10-game unbeaten run in Europe.
Basel stands at the top of Swiss Super League table with 52 points from 25 games, having 3 points advantage over 2nd-placed Grasshopper. Their present form has seen 4 wins and 1 loss. Last five away games Basel have finished with 1 draw, 1 defeat and 3 wins. The Swiss league leaders beat Dnipro and Zenit in the previous rounds of the Europa League.
Tottenham have a fully-fit squad to chose from. Only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is injured. He is still recovering from a knee injury. But Brad Friedel plays in goal in the Europa League this season. Andre Villas-Boas could count on Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon, cause both have returned from injuries. Jermain Defoe has scored 4 goals in the Europa League this season, so he will play instead of Emmanuel Adebayor. Sandro and Younes Kaboul remains long-term injured.
Basel have no fresh injury worries. Marco Streller, Fabian Frei and ex-Liverpool def Philipp Degen all are expected in the starting line.
Tottenham line-up: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Gallas, Vertonghen, Livermore, Parker, Lennon, Dembele, Bale, Defoe.
Last three matches:
Swansea 1 – Tottenham 2;
Tottenham 0 – Fulham 1;
FC Internazionale 4 – Tottenham 1.
Basel line-up: Sommer, Park, Degen, Dragovic, Schar, Die, Stocker, Frei, Diaz, Streller, Gharbiyya.
Last three matches:
FC Luzern 0 – Basel 4;
Basel 1 – FC Thun 0;
Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 – Basel 0.