Preview: Basel vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Preview: Basel vs. Tottenham Hotspur
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the Europa League quarter-final second leg between Basel and Tottenham Hotspur.

Before the first leg at White Hart Lane last week, it's doubtful that Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas would have viewed a 2-2 draw as a good result for his side.

However, having trailed 2-0, goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson kept Spurs in contention ahead of Thursday's meeting in Switzerland.

On paper, hosting Basel are the favourites to progress. They have won their last four Europa League matches St Jakob-Park without conceding a goal, while Spurs are without a win away from home in the competition in five attempts.

What's more, the Premier League side are also likely to be without their talisman Gareth Bale, as well as Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe.

Meanwhile, the home side may recall the experienced Alexander Frei to lead their attack.

Recent form

Basel: WLWWDD

Spurs: WWLLWD

Possible starting lineups

Basel: Sommer; Steinhofer, Voser, Dragovic, Schar; Stocker, Serey, F. Frei, El Nenny; Streller, A. Frei

Spurs: Friedel; Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Gallas, Walker; Dempsey, Parker, Holtby, Livermore, Sigurdsson; Adebayor

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas prior to kick-off against West Ham on February 25, 2013
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