Game : NEC Nijmegen ( Ned) vs Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Competition : UEFA Cup Group D
Venue : De Goffert Stadium, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date : Thursday, 27 November 2008
Kick off : 18.00 GMT
Buoyed after their 4-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb on Matchday 2, Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Netherlands to take on NEC Nijmegen in a Group D UEFA Cup tie.
Spurs beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 on Sunday to move out of the relegation zone. Aaron Lennon ran rings around Blackburn’s defence, and the young winger could start on Thursday. Harry Redknapp has some defensive worries though. Skipper Ledley King’s persistent knee problem keeps him out of this game. Paul Stalteri was not in the original roster submitted, and a scan on Alan Hutton’s foot has resulted in him not travelling with the team. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka are cup tied, while Luka Modric is out with a groin injury.
Tottenham Hotspur – Last five games- oldest first ( Tottenham scorers in brackets)
Tottenham 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb ( Darren Bent*3, Tom Huddlestone)
Man City 1-2 Tottenham ( Darren Bent*2)
Tottenham 4-2 Liverpool- Carling Cup ( Roman Pavlyuchenko*2, Fraizer Campbell*2)
Fulham 2-1 Tottenham ( Fraizer Campbell)
Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn ( Roman Pavyuchenko)
Tottenham Hotspur – Last five away games- all competitions
NEC lost to Dinamo Zagreb 3-2 on Matchday 1, and a loss here could mean the end of their Cup aspirations. Mario Breen’s men drew 1-1 against Breda in the Eredivisie recently. Breen was part of the Feyenoord team that lost to Tottenham in a second round cup tie two and a half decades ago.
NEC performance last five games – all competitions ( NEC Scorers indicated in brackets)
NEC 2-2 Groningen (Peter Wisgerhof ,Youssef El Akchaoui)
Sparta 0-2 NEC ( Saidi Ntibazonkiza,Youssef El Akchaoui)
NEC 1-0 PSV Eindhoven ( Peter Wisgerhof )
Roda JC 3-0 NEC
NAC 1-1 NEC ( Lasse Schöne )
NAC performance at home – last five games- all competitions
In five European games at De Goffert, NEC Nijmegen have only managed to secure one win. Going by Spurs’ recent form, I’ll expect them to take NEC out, even without their best defenders. Spurs 2-0 NEC, with goals from Bent and Campbell.
At 12Bet, 2-0 to Spurs are at odds of 8/1. Bent and Campbell to score are also quoted favourably.