Europa League: Dnipro v Tottenham match preview
A look ahead to this week’s Europa League fixture at the Dnipro Arena
Thursday 20 February 2014
This week’s Europa League round of 32 fixture will see Tottenham travel to Ukraine on Thursday when they take on FC Dnipro. Tim Sherwood’s side have been enjoying good form both domestically and abroad this season.
In the Premier League, Tottenham are once again fighting for a Champions League spot, sitting only three points behind fourth placed Liverpool. In the Europa League, Spurs progressed through the group stages in comfortable fashion, winning all six games with a goal difference of 13. Ukrainian side Dnipro were also successful in the group stages of the competition, winning all but two of their games, losing only to eventual Group E winners Fiorentina. Thursday’s game will reunite Dnipro manager Juande Ramos with his former team, for which he managed between 2007 and 2008. Ramos led Tottenham to their worst ever start in the Premier League during the 08/09 season, acquiring just two points from their opening eight games, for which he was subsequently sacked.
KICK-OFF: Thursday, 6.00pm
Jermain Defoe is the joint-top scorer in the competition so far, with five goals in four games.
Dnipro's only previous game against English opposition also resulted in a loss (excluding qualifiers), being defeated by UEFA Cup 05/06 finalists Middlesbrough away 3-0.
Spurs have been defeated just once in their last 10 away Europa League games (at Inter Milan in the last 16 last season), winning four and drawing five times.
Yevhen Konoplyanka has scored in each of his last three Europa League games for Dnipro.
Dnipro to win: 2.7
Tottenham to win: 2.62
TV: Live on ITV 4 at 6.00pm
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