Tottenham v Fiorentina: Spurs boast narrow advantage ahead of second leg - but Harry Kane is out

A look ahead to the Europa League fixture at White Hart Lane

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It’s a big game for…

Son Heung-Min: With Harry Kane out of action against Fiorentina, it is a chance for Son to prove that Spurs aren’t solely reliant on the England striker. Kane has netted 19 goals to Son’s five this season, and with the pair level with two goals apiece in the Europa League, the South Korean has the chance to exceed the 22-year-old’s tally. It’s an opportunity for Son to make the headlines and guide Spurs one step closer to the final.

Best stat…

14: Tottenham have played Italian opposition 14 times in European competition, having won and lost four times, drawing six. But they have yet to lose at home to Italian sides, with three of their four wins coming at home. 

Player to watch…

Erik Lamela: Tottenham have never beaten Fiorentina and there is no better man to end that record than the Argentine. With five goals in the Europa League so far this campaign, the 23-year-old is Spurs’ top scorer in the competition and boasts experience of their Italian opposition, from his time with AS Roma in Serie A. A vital cog in Spurs’ quests for domestic and international glory, the winger could be the difference in seeing Mauricio Pocchetino’s men through to the last 16. 

Past three-meetings…

Fiorentina 1 (Bernardeschi) Tottenham 1 (Chadli), Europa League, February 2016

Fiorentina 2 (Gomez, Salah) Tottenham 0, Europa League, February 2015

Tottenham 1 (Soldado) Fiorentina 1 (Basanta), Europa League, February 2015

Form guide… 

Tottenham: WWWWDL

Fiorentina: DWDWDW

Vital information…


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