Our team to face Panathinaikos – what’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on December 6, 2012

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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try December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

looks gd to me. failing that rest vert and put gallas in

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NIC P December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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 !!

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Keiran December 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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.

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Jill December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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.

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Jurgen18 December 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Friedel
Walker Caulker Gallas Naughton

Lennon Huddlestone Carrol Falque

Dempsey

Adebayor

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Kenny December 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Siggy needs a game and so does Thudd

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Matt December 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Friedel
Walker
Caulker
Vertonghen
Naughton
Falque
Huddlestone
Carroll
Sigurdsson
Dempsey
Adebayor

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

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Graeme December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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.

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dawid December 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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

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paul December 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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

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D Doc December 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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,

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abe December 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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

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Ross December 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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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