Tottenham continue their Europa Conference League group stage campaign with a home clash with NS Mura tonight.
Victory over the Slovenian minnows this evening will do little to improve the mood but anything shy of a convincing win would certainly be of no help ahead of the Premier League meeting with Aston Villa on Sunday.
In the context of this competition, Spurs could do with the three points having drawn 2-2 away to Ligue 1 side Rennes in their opening group stage fixture earlier this month.
Mura are, on paper, the weakest side in the group and sit bottom of the group after losing their opener to Dutch outfit Vitesse.
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We should have all the confirmed team news in the next 15 minutes or so…
Standard Sport prediction
Tottenham will make several changes for this game against vastly inferior opposition, though judging by their recent Premier League performances, that’s no bad thing.
It’s a bit of a no-win situation for Nuno in many ways. Spurs will get no credit for beating a team that few of their fans will have even heard of before this season, while if they don’t triumph then the criticism will be severe.
They should have enough to produce an emphatic win, though it’s in the top-flight where they must get back on track. And fast.
Here’s how we think Tottenham could lineup…
Spurs (probable 4-3-3) XI: Gollini; Doherty, Rodon, Romero, Davies; Winks, Skipp, Lo Celso; Lucas, Gil, Scarlett.
Tottenham team news
Spurs remain without Steven Bergwijn (ankle) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) for the visit of Mura.
“Nothing has changed,” Nuno told Spurs TV on Wednesday.
“Sess and Stevie will not join the group. The rest of the squad is available. We will also bring in some Under-23s to help us, and we go for the game.”
The hosts will make changes ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa, with the likes of fringe players Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies and Harry Winks all hoping for minutes.
Young Dane Scarlett could deputise for Harry Kane up front, while Pierluigi Gollini looks to be Spurs’ no1 goalkeeper in this competition.
“We have to make decisions,” Nuno said. “Without telling you too much there are some changes because they are required. And regarding Thursday and Sunday it’s the best way. I will not go further than that, I’m sorry.”
How to watch
TV channel: Tonight’s contest will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 7:45pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
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We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of an 8pm kick-off…