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Preview: Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole looks ahead to the Europa League clash between Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol and Tottenham Hotspur.

Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur can all but secure their spot in the knockout stages of the Europa League with a victory over Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.

Andre Villas-Boas's side go into the clash having defeated Anzhi Makhachkala and Tromso, while their hosts have collected two points from the same set of fixtures.

It's likely that Villas-Boas will rotate his starting lineup, which could see the likes of Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Naughton given an opportunity from the outset.

Meanwhile, the home outfit have a large contingent of Brazil-born players, including midfielder Ricardinho, who scored last time out against Tromso. They will be without former Real Betis defender Melli, though, because of a red card that he picked up in the same game.

Spurs have faced Moldovan opposition on one previous occasion, which saw them defeat FC Zimbru Chisinau 3-0 on aggregate back in 1999.

Recent form

Sheriff: WWWDWD

Tottenham: WWDWLW

Possible starting lineups

Sheriff: Tomic; Thuram, Samardzic, Paye, Metoua; Luvannor, Balima, Cadu, Moyal, Ricardinho; Isa

Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Walker; Lennon, Eriksen, Dembele, Lamela, Chadli; Defoe

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