|OPPONENTS||Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia)|
|COMPETITION||Europa League Group|
|DATE||Thursday 3rd October 2013|
|VENUE||Saturn Stadium, Ramenskoye, Moscow|
With Spurs having endured a long journey to Russia and with a home
game against West Ham United no Sunday, a job well done will be on
their minds to try and rest some of the regulars who may start this
Europa League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.
Having seen off a physical Tromso side at the Lane, a win or a draw in Moscow will be most welcome and will help Spurs rest some players for future group games. With a strong line-up possible, with the likes of Holtby, Defoe, Adebayor, Lamela, Chadli, Chiriches, Sandro, Fryers and Friedel options for AVB to select against an Anzhi side shorn of seven top players, who all joined Moscow Dynamo in the transfer window (with two going to Chelsea and some more to Lokomtiv Moscow), as the club owner downsizes his investment in the team and the size of the squad. With former Manchester United coach Rene Meuleunsteen having been dismissed after eight games, they are on their second manager this season already and there may be some problems over changing styles from the passing patterns the Dutchman would have instilled in them.
This has left the team light of quality players, but with a slight home advantage (they are not playing at home, but in Moscow), you would still expect them to put in a decent performance, while Spurs will be looking to emulate their showing against Dinamo Tbilisi in the qualifying round.
With fringe players willing to show why they should be in the first team more often, I take Tottenham to win and put themselves in a strong position in the group.
|PREDICTION||Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia) 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs are still missing Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (foot), but may have Emmanuel Adebayor back in the squad after his return to first team training.
MAKHACHKALA TEAM NEWS :
Striker Lacina Traore will be missing from the Anzhi side with a shoulder injury. Alexandru Epureanu (knee) and Ilya Maksimov are also likely to be out of the game.
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Makhachkala (Russia) 0 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Europa League Group K
Thursday 3rd October 2013 Kick off 17:00
Saturn Stadium, Moscow
|Crowd : 5,000||Weather : Cold, cloudy|
|Referee : Bulent Yildarim (Turkey)||Assistant Referees : Serkan Gencerler; Ekrem Kan (Turkey)|
|Fourth Official : Kemal Yilmaz (Turkey)||Additional Assistants : Baris Simsek; Mustafa Ilker Coskun (Turkey)|
|Spurs kicked off the first half.|
|Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia) :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
1 Yevgeny POMAZAN
Benoit ANGBWA ( 3 Ali GADZHIBEKOV 78)
EWERTON Almeida Santos
Serder SERDEROV (
2 Andrey YESCHENKO 56)
|Manager : Gadzhi Gadzhiev||Manager : Andre Villas-Boas|
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If Spurs were a long way from home, then a 1,000 miles from Dagestan didn't exactly make this a home match for Anzhi Makhachkala, who los tout to Spurs 0-2 in this Europa League Group K meeting.
With a much changed side from the Chelsea game, with another London derby against West Ham due on Sunday, Spurs looked like a team that was strong enough to win this match against an Anzhi side that had been shorn of its world superstars by the owner's insistence in cutting back his funding of the club to the bone. With Chiriches, Fryers, Chadli, Lamela and Lewis Holtby starting, there was a presence of fringe players, but strong ones at that.
Spurs held the ball for the first 90 seconds without Anzhi getting a touch, with their first being a block in their own penalty area from Kyle Walker's cross. When Anzhi did get the ball, they looked to hit Spurs on the break and a dodgy offside stopped one early attack, with Lloris pulling out of a challenge that he might have had to make had play gone on.
While Anzhi made strides
forward, they failed to get behind the back four and Vlad Chiriches
had to show a bit of skill to get out of a position on the edge of
his own box with two opponents around him. It took until the 14th
minute, when Sandro hit a shot from outside the box, that Tottenham
got one on target, with Defoe shooting wide left from the right of
the D a minute before.
A good performance, which ensured a comfortable win in the end. One more win and Spurs are virtually through to the knock out stages, which will allow AVB an opportunity to give our youngsters a go in the remaining matches to rest the stars for the Premier League and the latter parts of this competition.
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|Other scores during this round :|
|Tromso (NOR)||1||FC Sheriff (MOL)||1||Thursday|
|Swansea City||1||St. Gallen (SWI)||0||Thursday|
|Wigan Atheltic||3||NK Maribor (SLV)||1||Thursday|
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Position before match :
Position after match : 1st
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