Tottenham Hotspur will look to build on their already massive lead in Europa League Group K on Thursday when they host Sheriff Tiraspol at White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas' squad squashed the Moldovan champions at Sheriff Stadium in Tiraspol two weeks ago on the strength of a pair of goals from Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe. As a result, Spurs will be a heavy favorite in Thursday's rematch.
Tottenham have won all three of their group matches thus far, outscoring their opponents 7-0 over that time. With nine points to their name and a five-point advantage over second-place Anzhi Makhachkala midway through group play, Tottenham can secure a berth in the knockout stage with a win this week.
Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Thursday's Europa League clash.
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Start Time: 3:05 p.m. ET, 8:05 p.m. GMT
Where: White Hart Lane, London
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Top Storyline: Villas-Boas Defending Himself, Club Following Lloris Decision
With Tottenham expected to cruise on Thursday, much of the conversation surrounding the match will center on Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas and his decision to leave goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in Sunday's Premier League match with Everton after suffering a head injury.
Lloris was knocked unconscious by Toffees forward Romelu Lukaku and remained in between the posts after receiving treatment and testing from the club's medical staff. In the wake of criticism, Villas-Boas has responded in support of the decision, per ESPNFC.com:
I have registered the fact that a couple of people have taken this opportunity to find the chance to get themselves publicised who have no experience in the pitch whatever in these type of situations.
And I find it extremely disappointing that two people - a great doctor and a great physio, who saved the life of Muamba were heavily put into question by lots of incompetent people, with absolutely no experience on the pitch, no experience in the action, no experience in the moment.
That is extremely serious and disappointing.
A decision on Lloris' status for Thursday's match with Sheriff was expected Wednesday. Even if the Frenchman can't suit up, Spurs figure to be in good hands against an overmatched foe.
Aside from Tottenham, the remaining three clubs in Group K have lacked firepower thus far. While Spurs have tallied seven goals through three matches, the other three clubs have combined to score just three.
While Tottenham boast dangerous scorers like Defoe and Roberto Soldado, who have combined to score eight goals in Europa League play this season, Sheriff have no one to spark them in a challenging matchup behind enemy lines.
Consequently, you can expect Spurs to roll to another easy victory on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur 3, Sheriff Tiraspol 0
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