A number of players have been ruled out of this match and Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson are the latest names to join long term victims Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul.

“Michael is making good progress, although it’s early days,” said Andre Villas-Boas. “Ideally, he will be in contention for the Swansea game.

“We have to be a little more cautious with Gareth and wait and see, but hopefully he’s not that bad. We might see him available for the Stoke game.”

Signs are that Brad Friedel will start in goal and at the opposite end of the pitch, AVB has to decide whether to partner Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, as opposed to opting for a lone striker.

Some shuffling may have to be done in defence and Kyle Walker may well come back in with Kyle Naughton switching to the left. In the centre, Caulker, Vertonghen and Gallas are the only fit centre halves so who will sit out?

Moving into midfield and the names in contention include Sandro, Carroll, Lennon, Livermore, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend and Dempsey amongst others.

It’s a tough one to call – Spurs need the draw to progress and that should be straightforward but there’s a tough away match at Goodison on Sunday.

Here’s our predicted starting XI but what’s your view?

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  1. love that team ! gt defence , yep i would go for that @the start , if it doesnt work , change the midfield later , weve got to win this one tonight !!

  2. Versus Panathinaikos: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson; Adebayor, Dempsey.

    Versus Everton: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Sandro; Lennon, Adebayor, Dempsey; Defoe.

  3. No way do I think we need to risk so many key players. GK Friedel. Walker and Naughton as full backs. Huddlestone and the fittest of Vertonghen and Caulker at centre back. Falque, Livermore, Carroll and Gylfi in midfield with Ade and Dempsey upfront. It’s all about Sunday. Unfortunately I think your team will be nearer what AVB plays. We can not risk more defensive injuries, I would have recalled Adam Smith and played him.

  4. Friedel
    Walker
    Caulker
    Vertonghen
    Naughton
    Falque
    Huddlestone
    Carroll
    Sigurdsson
    Dempsey
    Adebayor

    Lennon, Sandro and Defoe definitely need resting ahead of Everton.

  5. Definitely agree with Matt.

    Wouldn´t risk Walker. Sandro, Lennon and Defoe need a rest, maybe even Dempsey and Dembele as Sunday is more important.

    Play 4.2.3.1 with

    Friedal

    Naughton
    Gallas
    Caulker
    Vertonghen

    Livermore
    Huddlestone

    Falque
    Carroll
    Siggy

    Adebayor

    More than good enough to win.

  6. We need to play Defoe and Adebayor together,if it goes well they can play together at Everton aswell, I think we need them both to get a result at Everton without Bale.
    Against Panathinaikos:
    ……………….Friedel
    Walker. Caulker Vertonghen Naughton
    Falque. Huddlestone Carrol Siggursson
    …………..Adebayor Defoe

    Against Everton:
    ……………….Lloris
    Walker Caulker Gallas Vertonghen
    Lennon Dembele Sandro Dempsey
    …………Adebayor Defoe

    COYS

  7. Team will be

    Lloris,
    Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen
    Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey
    Ade,
    Defoe,

    I think AVB will go for it with a strong 11 and change things up IF we steam into a comfortable lead

  8. Lloris walker gallas caulker naughton, siggurdson huddlestone livermore pritchard townsend, ADE subs friedal verthongen Lennon dembele Carroll dempsey Defoe,
    V Everton lloris walker caulker verthongen naughton, lennon sandro Carroll Dembele, ADE Defoe,

  9. Sandro needs a rest. Maybe Lennon and Vert too. Not sure how well Dembele’s hip needs to be managed too. I reckon we can make changes and still win.
    Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Naugton, Sigg, Dempsey, Carroll, Thudd, Livermore and Adebayor

  10. I’d put out a strong team in both. We clearly need to win both. Play Ade and Defoe tonight and rest dembele tonight. Other than that a good performance and win tonight will give us great confidence for Sunday. Tonight I’d have.
    Friedel
    Walker
    Caulker
    Gallas
    Verthongen
    Azza
    Tom
    Carroll
    Dempsey
    Ade
    Defoe

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