Benfica striker who thrives against English sides to be recalled for Spurs tie

Reports in Portugal claim Oscar Cardozo will start against Tottenham Hotspur after recent injuries have seen him feature only minimally.

Oscar Cardozo has an impressive record against English teams, scoring against every such side he has faced.

The Benfica striker has netted one against Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United, and two against both Liverpool and Everton in the past.

And now he will reportedly be given the chance to add to that tally when the Portuguese side face Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday.

Benfica may be flying high in the Primeira Liga, but striker Cardozo has sat out much of the campaign with a back injury.

When fit and firing, the Paraguayan netted five league goals in just seven matches at the start of the campaign. But the 30-year-old sat out 10 of the next 13 league matches – accruing just 28 minutes of league football since the start of November.

However, he now appears to be over his injury problems, and Portuguese newspaper A Bola reports that Cardozo is set to be given a starting-berth against Tottenham on Thursday.

On form, the Benfica man is one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe, as his outstanding hat-trick against Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Cup back in November proved.

So if he does indeed get a start at White Hart Lane later this week, Spurs will need to keep a very close eye on him to prevent him adding them to the list of English sides whose defence he has breached.

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