The news ahead of this first leg is generally good with reports that both Moussa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor could be fit for tonight’s game.
Meanwhile, head coach Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone along with long term injury victims Sandro and Younes Kaboul.
“Moussa is okay,” said AVB. “Ade still has a chance of being involved, so hopefully both will be available. Clint and Tom won’t be able to make it, Sandro and Younes are also still out.”
With Jermain Defoe returning as a second half substitute on Sunday, it seems more likely that JD will lead the line even if Ade is fit. Behind the front man, Bale and Lennon could be joined by either Gylfi Sigurdsson or Lewis Holtby with Parker and Dembele seem set to resume in defensive midfield.
The defence is so hard to guess with AVB shuffling the pack so often but assume Brad Friedel will start behind the back four.
The boss will want to pick as a strong a side as possible, even though we have an important league game at Anfield on Sunday. Here’s our starting XI but what’s your opinion?