Jack Beresford looks over Spurs’ Europa League record to bring you five key statistics ahead of tonight’s crunch game at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham may head into tonight’s north London clash as firm favourites for victory but as Celtic have already demonstrated in the Champions League, you cannot take anything for granted in football.
While several youngsters will be expected to play a part tonight, Spurs should nevertheless be wary ahead of what is promising to be a goal-heavy European encounter.
Here are five of the stats that matter ahead of kick-off.
Goals galore could be in store
Tottenham have proven entertaining in their Thursday night Europa League endeavours at White Hart Lane over the years, with three or more goals scored in each of their last 11 outings at home in the competition. Their last goalless encounter at home came on September 20th 2012 against Lazio.
Good things come in threes
Spurs have also made a habit of scoring three goals when they have won at home in the competition, with seven of their last 12 victories at White Hart Lane in the Europa League featuring a trio of goals for the hosts – including a 3-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi as this stage last season.
One love for Limassol
The Cypriot side opened the scoring in the first leg and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them score at the Lane – each of the last four visitors to the ground in the Europa League have, while seven of the last ten teams to find the net in north London in this competition have scored exactly one goal.
Some truly continental opposition
Significant investment in the team has given AEL Limassol’s squad a surprising global feel to rival that of any Premier League side. The side that started against Spurs last week featured just two Cypriots while the squad contained players from 11 different countries, including three Brazilians.
Harry can Kane it
With Soldado set to miss out through injury and Adebayor unlikely to feature for the entire game, tonight’s clash is a great chance for Harry Kane to pick up where he left off with another goal. The 21-year-old netted in three consecutive Premier League games last term and was on the scoresheet in Cyprus – don’t be surprised to see him among the goals here.