Tottenham vs. Dnipro: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Michael Wade@michaelwade_Analyst IIIFebruary 27, 2014

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood must stop the rot at the club quickly.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood must stop the rot at the club quickly.Scott Heppell/Associated Press

Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood will be desperate to return to winning ways after suffering back-to-back defeats in the past week.

A defeat against Dnipro in the Europa League last week can be turned around, but the 1-0 loss to struggling Norwich is a cause for concern, as is Spurs' failure to score in two consecutive games.

In some ways Sherwood may be happy to exit the Europa League and concentrate on finishing fourth in the Premier League in order to qualify for the Champions League and give him the best chance of earning the manager's job at White Hart Lane on a long-term basis.

Tottenham vs. Dnipro: Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info
FixtureDateTimeLive Stream InfoTV Info
Tottenham vs. DniproThursday, Feb. 278 p.m. GMT, 3 p.m. ETITV.comITV
ITV.com

Jermain Defoe will not be involved against Dnipro and has played his last game for the club.
Jermain Defoe will not be involved against Dnipro and has played his last game for the club.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

 

Preview

Jermain Defoe, who was set to play his last game for Tottenham before leaving for Toronto, is injured and will not be available against Dnipro, as reported by BBC Sport.

Given Tottenham's failure to score in the last two games, and the continued poor form of Roberto Soldado, the club need someone to step up and share the responsibility in front of goal with the club's top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor.

James Maw of FourFourTwo magazine believes time is running out for Soldado to prove himself:

Meanwhile, Matt Law of the Telegraph also reports that Brazilian midfielder Sandro could return to the team:

As reported by ITV, Sherwood has made it clear that he wants to remain in the tournament:

I wouldn't use it as an excuse but the facts are our record isn't fantastic after games in Europe.

But we want to progress in this competition, it means a lot to us. We are not blessed with trophies recently.

It's a long competition. On quality you have to say the Champions League is hardest, but on endurance you have to say it's the Europa League. It is sapping.

 

But to do this Spurs will have to do a lot better than the lacklustre performance they put in against Dnipro in the first-leg.

Yevhen Konoplyanka, a transfer target for Tottenham in January, per Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph, scored the only goal of that game to give former Spurs boss Juande Ramos a vital advantage.

They could come to White Hart Lane prepared to defend their advantage with numbers and play on the counter-attack in order to frustrate Tottenham.

This means creativity will be key for Spurs, but as the lowest scorers in the Premier League's top seven teams, per BBC Sport, it isn't something they have in abundance.

 

Yevhen Konoplyanka scored against Spurs in the first-leg.
Yevhen Konoplyanka scored against Spurs in the first-leg.Sergei Kozin/Associated Press

Prediction

Tottenham have the quality to win the tie and progress, but Dnipro have already shown they should not be underestimated and must be given respect.

Soldado will once again be a key player for Spurs, who need to become more of a threat in front of goal.

If Tottenham are to progress they will find it tough to make up the gap on Liverpool in the Premier League and challenge for a European trophy and Sherwood may have to prioritise one over the other.

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