Europa League: Tottenham vs AEL Limassol match preview

A look ahead to Thursday evening’s Europa League play-off second leg at White Hart Lane

Tottenham will look to secure their place in the group stages on Thursday when they welcome AEL Limassol for the return leg of this Europa League qualifier.

Spurs were always heavy favourites to progress but an upset was on the cards when AEL took an early lead last week. Mauricio Pochettino’s men didn’t panic, though, and managed to turn the tie in their favour thanks to goals from Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane. They weren’t just goals; they were away goals and should make this match a case of simply getting across the line.

Erik Lamela was instrumental in that first leg victory, setting up both goals and was equally dazzling at the weekend as Spurs put four past QPR. The Argentine may have finally found his form after a shaky start to life at White Hart Lane and may now be deemed too important to be risked for this clash. Pochettino made seven changes ahead of the first leg and is likely to do the same here, affording further opportunities to the likes of Soldado and Kane.

Spurs have reached the group stages in each of the last three seasons and don’t look like spoiling that record now. The groundwork was laid in Cyprus and they should be even more dominant on home soil.

Read more: Spurs handed cup-shock warning
Tottenham sign Fazio

KICK-OFF: Thursday, 7.45pm

Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring Tottenham's equaliser in Cyprus Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring Tottenham's equaliser in Cyprus  

PAST MEETINGS…

Last week’s first leg was the sides’ first competitive meeting. The only other time they have faced each other was in a friendly all the way back in 1968 when Spurs ran out 7-1 winners.

STATS…

Spurs have lost just one of their last eight European away fixtures.

AEL have made it through to the group stages of the Europa League once before (2012-13)

Tottenham have faced Cypriot opposition once before in European competition, beating Anorthosis Famagusta 6-1 at White Hart Lane before drawing 1-1 away.

Spurs have won every game this season.

ODDS…

Tottenham to win: 1.17

AEL to win: 18

Draw: 6.4

TV:

Live on ITV4 at 7.30pm

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable