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Spurs face stern test to keep European quest alive. After a late Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser spared his side’s blushes at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas will look to up the ante as his injury-blighted squad travel to Switzerland.

Basel vs Tottenham
When: April 11, 2013 8:05 PM BST
Where: St. Jakob-Park — Basel
Referee:‬ Olegário Manuel Benquerenca‎
Odds: 2.88 | 2.40 | 3.25 – Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200
Tip: Basel 1 – 1 Tottenham

After being punished for their complacency at White Hart Lane, Tottenham are in need of a stellar showing to seal victory on their travels for the first time in six outings.

And with William Gallas (calf), Aaron Lennon (knee) and talisman Gareth Bale (ankle) all becoming fresh additions to the Spurs treatment table after last week’s encounter, Andre Villas-Boas will be forced into a number of changes to the starting line-up.

With Jermaine Defoe aggravating an ongoing pelvic injury, Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to lead the line on Thursday, whilst Kyle Naughton is expected to make way for Kyle Walker as the bustling right-back returns from suspension.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to be handed a start after his late equaliser against Everton, alongside Michael Dawson who is expected to fill in for the injured Gallas and Brad Friedel will once again come in for Hugo Lloris.

Basel were little short of a revelation in the first leg, with Marco Strellar, Valentin Stocker and Mohamad Salah all asking a number of questions of the Tottenham rearguard.

The tricky trio are all expected to start Thursday’s clash and may be joined by the experienced Alexander Frei if coach Murat Yakin elects to field two strikers on home turf.

Park Joo-Ho and Marcelo Diaz are both back in contention after returning from suspension, whilst the now-fit Cabral could claim a place in the starting eleven after his second half-cameo at White Hart Lane.

Philipp Degen has also recovered from injury, but is unlikely to displace Mohamed Salah in the starting eleven after the Egyptian’s sterling performance in the first leg.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

BASEL: Sommer, Steinhofer, Voser, Dragovic, Schar, Salah, Cabral, F Frei, Stocker, Strellar, A Frei

TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson, Parker, Dembele, Holtby, Dempsey, Adebayor

Prediction: Despite being the heavy favourites to progress going into the first leg, the pendulum of expectation has most certainly swung in favour of the Swiss champions for the second. And despite no longer having the advantage of being a relatively unknown quantity to Villas-Boas\’ men, Basel have an impressive home record to fall back on at a ground that has witnessed victories against Bayern Munich and Manchester United within the last 12 months.

With Spurs battling to secure their main priority of achieving a top-four finish after some disappointing Premier League results, their depleted squad travel to St Jakob-Park as the favourites to come away empty-handed.

Tip: Basel 1 – 1 Tottenham

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