Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur (Match preview):
Venue:Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)
Date:Thursday 18th February 18:00pm
Live coverage:BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Live Streaming.
Our high flying lads face familiar opposition in the Europa league round of 32 tie against Fiorentina,having faced them at the same stage last season. However, we are the polar opposite this time round and to a lesser degree so are La viola. Last years memories were not fond ones, but this time around the Serie A club will no doubt be feeling perturbed, with us winning our last seven games in a row and becoming huge title contenders we are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Pochettino is likely to rotate the squad with a cluster of players expected to be rested, yet Pochettino also stressed the importance of this match and the tournament in general but with Crystal Palace on Sunday in the FA Cup,expect there to be a few key players rested.Paulo Sousa’s men posses a broad group of talent and the Italian giants will undoubtedly be another huge test for our players, La viola sit in third position in a highly competitive Serie A and hold the second-best home record in the league this season. The inform Nikola Kalinić formerly of Blackburn Rovers has been on very good form this current season netting on numerous occasions and will provide a tough test for our defenders.An away goal is vital to take home with us for the second leg at the lane,and after the Man City result on Sunday Pochettino and the players have us all believing that anything is capable and the lads for certain will not be fazed.
One to watch:Nikola Kalinić
Team news:Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njié again remain sidelined,whilst Lloris has not travelled because of a shoulder injury which could also rule him out of Sunday’s cup tie, Vorm will deputise.The full back positions again could be rotated with Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier likely to start,also Harry Kane may be replaced with Son up front as could key centre back Toby Alderweireld’s place in the starting eleven with Dier dropping back to central defence.Ryan Mason could also return to action in the midfield after having recovered from his injury.
My predicted starting 11: (4-2-3-1) Lloris,Davies,Wimmer,Dier,Trippier,Mason,Bentaleb,Chadli,Eriksen,Lamela,Son.
Score prediction:2-1 Spurs with goals from Chadli and Onomah.