Basel vs Tottenham Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 11, 2013; Time: 8:05 PM BST;
Venue: St. Jakob-Park — Basel.
The Spurs need to pass through hard test to keep their European hopes alive. After a late equaliser at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas need a win to progress into the next stage.
The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw. Swiss team took the lead after Valentin Stocker goal. Then, Fabien Frei doubled their lead. Tottenham managed to score a goal back before the half time thanks to Adebayor and then levelled with a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Basel stands first in the Swiss Supr League table with 53 points from 26 games. They are 1 point ahead of 2nd-placed Grasshopper. Their present form has seen 1 loss, 2 wins and 2 draws from last five games. Last five home matches the Swiss champions have finished with 1 draw and 4 wins. Basel have dropped points in a 1-1 away draw with St Gallen at the weekend. But, Basel have won their last 4 home Europa League fixtures without conceding a goal. Basel have eliminated Dnipro and Zenit from the Europa League knock-out stages.
Tottenham goes 4th in the EPL league table with 58 points from 32 games. The Spurs are equal on points with 3rd-placed Chelsea and are 2 points above 5th-plcaed Arsenal. Arsenal and Chelsea have a game in hand, so Arsenal could leapfrog them if they win their game. Their present from has seen 2 defeats, 1 win and 2 draws from last five games. Their last five away fixtures the Spurs have finished with 1 draw, 2 losses and 2 wins. Tottenham played a 2-2 draw with Everton at the weekend. Tottenham eliminated Lyon and Inter from Europa League final stages.
Tottenham will play without injured William Gallas, Aaron Lennon and vital player Gareth Bale. So, Andre Villas-Boas will be forced to make some changes in the starting line. Jermaine Defoe is out due to injury, so Emmanuel Adebayor will lead the line. Kyle Naughton could give way to Kyle Walker as returns from suspension. Gylfi Sigurdsson could start from the first minutes alongside Michael Dawson. Brad Friedel will once again replace Hugo Lloriis.
Head coach Murat Yakin could play with two forwards. So Basel could play with Marco Strellar, Valentin Stocker, Mohamad Salah and Alexander Frei upfront. Park Joo-Ho and Marcelo Diaz are back from suspensions. Cabral could take his place in the starting eleven too. Philipp Degen has also recovered from injury, but Mohamed Salah is expected in the starting line.
Basel line-up: Sommer, Steinhofer, Voser, Dragovic, Schar, Salah, Cabral, F Frei, Stocker, Strellar, A Frei.
Last three matches:
Sankt Gallen 1 – Basel 1;
Tottenham 2 – Basel 2;
FC Luzern 0 – Basel 4.
Tottenham line-up: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson, Parker, Dembele, Holtby, Dempsey, Adebayor.
Last three matches:
Tottenham 2 – Everton 2;
Tottenham 2 – Basel;
Swansea City 1 – Tottenham 2.