Asteras Tripolis (Greece)
|DATE||Thursday 6th November 2014|
|VENUE||Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium|
We know from the home group match against Asteras, that they are
capable of scoring ... albeit against Harry Kane in goal, but they
were in good scoring positions in the early stages of the game and
could have caused some discomfort if they had their shooting boots
This must be borne in mind when Spurs approach this match, as a win would virtually guarantee a passage through to the knock-out stages, with maybe just another two points from the final two games enough to help Tottenham progress.
With a win over Aston Villa, Spurs will have been boosted by the result, if not the performance. However, the way they played against Asteras in the first game indicates that they could run out winners again, with the full team firing on all cylinders. Asteras will be a different proposition at home and with a partisan crowd behind them, Spurs will need to silence them and then turn the tables by getting them to turn on their own team.
There are some good player sin the Greek team, but Spurs should have enough to over come them again and they will need to show some urgency in their play, otherwise they might get caught cold by the home side, who have nothing to lose. The difference in Tottenham's game on Sunday when they played like that was noticeable.
Changes within the side will
mean another set of team-mates for the players to become accustomed
to, but this shoul,d nt be beyond them, so I predict a win to follow
on from Sunday's success.
|PREDICTION||Asteras Tripolis 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be without Hugo Lloris (suspended), Kyle Walker (hip) and Nabil Bentaleb (ankle), while Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Naughton are rested.
|ASTERAS TRIPOLIS TEAM NEWS :|
available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard
in these countries on these stations ...
Tripolis 1 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Europa League Group C
Thursday 6th November 2014 Kick off 18:00 (UK time)
Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium
Jeronimo (p) 90m 21s
Townsend (p) 36m 16s
Kane 42m 32s
Sankare (foul on Townsend) 36
Mason (Fazio foul on Gianniotas) 85
|Crowd : ,||Weather : Warm|
|Referee : Javier Estrada (SPA)||Assistant Referees : José Miranda; Javier Rodriguez (SPA)|
|Fourth Official : Angel Nevado Rodriguez (SPA)||Additional Assistants : Fernando Teixeira; Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (SPA)|
|UEFA Referee observer : Miroslav Liba (CZE)|
|Asteras kicked off in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
|Asteras Tripolis :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Juan MUNAFO (70
Giannis GIANNIOTAS 81)
7 Pabli MAZZA
18 Harry KANE ( 8 PAULINHO 77)
|Manager : Staikos Vergetis||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : ΛOTTO||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
As ever for Europa League matches, Mauricio rung the changes and did so again during the game, but the Spurs team were good enough to withstand a late charge by Asteras and survive the sending off of Federico Fazio to win 2-1 and stay join top, putting some daylight between them and our Greek opponents in third place.
A warm evening saw Michel Vorm make a rare appearance in place of the suspended Hugo Lloris, while Harry Kane took his place in attack, when many fans may have preferred him to be leading the line on Sunday against Stoke City. With a number of players remaining in England it was not a surprise that it was a mix and match side again, lead by Jan Vertonghen.
The side were lazily stroking
the ball about, sometimes getting caught on or knocked off the ball
easily. There were few shooting chances for Spurs, as they tried to
thread their way through the Greek defence. It was 21 minutes before
a shot on target came for Tottenham, with Lamela striking it well
from 25 yards, but straight into the midriff of the keeper. Either
side of that, Vertonghen and Lamela fired shots high into the
netting behind the Asteras goal.
Asteras Tripolis were named after the three star police force the town provided around the time the club were formed.
The tunnel at Asteras'
ground has a sign replicating Liverpool's which states "This is the
Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium" in Greek. Even so, it must
work, as they are yet to lose a home game in three seasons in Europe.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this round :|
|Apollon Limassol (CYP)||0||Borussia Moenchengladbach (GER)||2||Thursday|
|FC Zurich (SWI)||3||Villarreal (SPA)||2||Thursday|
|HJK Helsinki (ICE)||2||Torino (ITA)||1||Thursday|
|FC Kobenhavn (DEN)||0||Club Brugge (BEL)||4||Thursday|
|Besiktas (TUR)||2||Partizan Belgrade (SER)||1||Thursday|
|Astra (ROM)||1||Glasgow Celtic||1||Thursday|
|Dinamo Belgrade (SER)||1||Red Bull Salzburg (AUS)||5||Thursday|
|Panathinaikos (GRE)||2||PSV Eindhoven (HOL)||3||Thursday|
|Dinamo Moscow (RUS)||1||Estoril (POR)||0||Thursday|
|Qarabag (AZE)||1||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)||2||Thursday|
|St. Etienne (FRA)||1||Internazionale (ITA)||1||Thursday|
|Feyenoord (HOL)||2||HNK Rijeka (CRO)||0||Thursday|
|Standard Liege (BEL)||3||Sevilla (SPA)||1||Thursday|
|Wolfsburg (GER)||5||Krasnodar (RUS)||1||Thursday|
|Napoli (ITA)||3||Young Boys Bern (SWI)||0||Thursday|
|Sparta Prague (CZE)||4||Slovan Bratislava (SLK)||0||Thursday|
|Dinamo Kiev (UKR)||2||Aalborg (DEN)||0||Thursday|
|Rio Ave (POR)||2||Steaua Bucaresti (ROM)||2||Thursday|
|Fiorentina (ITA)||1||PAOK (GRE)||1||Thursday|
|Guingamp (FRA)||2||Dinamo Minsk (BLR)||0||Thursday|
|Lokeren (BEL)||1||Trabsonspor (TUR)||1||Thursday|
|Legia Warsaw (POL)||2||Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)||1||Thursday|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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