Although Tottenham have had an up-and-down start to the season in the English Premier League, they have been nothing short of dominant in the Europa League. They will look to continue this run against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday.
Spurs enter the final group stage match having already clinched a berth in the knockout stage thanks to five wins in as many matches, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-1. Meanwhile, Anzhi have been impressive as well with their eight points enough to clinch second place in Group K.
Still, there is a lot of pride on the line for each of these clubs, and a win could provide either side with plenty of momentum heading into the Round of 32.
Here is a look at what to expect on Europa League Matchday 6.
When: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3:05 p.m. ET; 8:05 p.m. GMT
Where: White Hart Lane, London
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: ESPN3
Odds (via SkyBet): Tottenham (2-9), Anzhi Makhachkala (11-1), Draw (5-1)
Top Storyline: What Kind of Line-up Will Tottenham Utilize?
Not only have Tottenham already clinched first place in the group, but the upcoming slate of matches will require the top players to be completely in form.
In the next two weeks Spurs will face Liverpool and Southampton in EPL matches, plus a quarter-final match against West Ham United in the Capital One Cup. They will need to save their stars for these battles while putting out a second unit against Anzhi.
Of course, this does not mean there will be no talent on the pitch. Young players like Erik Lamela, Christian Erikson and others can use this match as an opportunity to get valuable experience against a quality opponent.
This could end up helping Tottenham gain more depth for future EPL matches later in the season.
Prediction: Tottenham 1, Anzhi Makhachkala 0
Even without high-profile players like Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Andros Townsend, Tottenham still have enough talent to beat almost anyone else in this competition.
The defence has been solid all year and Anzhi will not have enough scoring chances to keep up, with stars like Willian and Samuel Eto'o long gone from their roster.
Although the Russian squad have a strong defence in their own right, Spurs should be able to get at least one goal across to secure a win in this competitive match.
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