Ukrainian Premier League side Dnipro are on their way to White Hart Lane and Juande Ramos’ men will be looking to defend their 1-0 lead from the first leg. It’s a classically uncomfortable European scoreline with Spurs desperately needing to avoid an away goal.
Obviously we need to score but will have to be much tighter at the back and on a decent surface, alleged transfer target Yevhen Konoplyanka could prove to be a real threat.
Will it work in our favour that Dnipro have been out of action since December when the UPL took its lengthy winter break?
A 3-0 scoreline would be perfect and that’s exactly the reverse suffered by Dnipro when they last played in the league, way back on the first of December. Ramos’ men travelled to eighth placed Zorya and were expected to return with a comfortable three points that would keep the pressure on Shakhtar at the top of the table.
Dnipro did go down to ten men when Evgeniy Cheberyachko received a second yellow on 81 minutes but by that stage the visitors were already 2-0 down. The loss left them in fourth, six points off the leaders.
Since then there has been no action other than friendlies and last week’s first leg. Admittedly, the break didn’t seem to trouble the Ukrainians last Thursday but will lack of real time match play aid our cause?