Following our narrow win over Huddersfield in the Premier League this weekend, we turn our attention back to Europe’s Premier Cup Competition the Europa League.
All the top teams across Europe are vying to get a place in the competition and Spurs are hoping to get a battering at Barcelona this week just so they can drop into the competition.
Our game kicks off at home this Thursday, December 13th on BT Sport 2 and is the last of our group games, and having already qualified as top of the group, Unai Emery will be using the fixture to rest his first team players ahead of the Southampton game on Sunday in the league allowing them to play some of the best casinos in the US.
Add to this the fact that Qarabag can’t qualify from the group and you have the definition of a dead rubber game.
Early team news is that Rob Holding is out for the season picking up cruciate ligament damage in last weeks 2-2 draw with Manchester United, and Danny Welbeck is also out for the season.
The game will definitely be used to continue the development of Holding’s young team mates and Emery could even use it as another test for Laurent Koscielny, especially given our impending defensive crisis with Mustafi and Sokratis suspended for Southampton on Sunday.
More team news closer to the time, but this should whet your appetite Europe League fans.