Tottenham Hotspur - Fiorentina Preview: Spurs hoping to avoid second cup exit in a week

Tottenham Hotspur take on Fiorentina in the 2nd leg of the last 32 in the Europa league.

Tottenham Hotspur - Fiorentina Preview: Spurs hoping to avoid second cup exit in a week
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Tottenham Hotspur take on Fiorentina in the second leg of their Europa League tie, hoping to avoid another cup exit with the score locked at 1-1.

Pressure to deliver

Spurs have a fair bit of pressure on them going into this match, having been knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday. The performance against Crystal Palace was not a terrible one at White Hart Lane, but they lost the match 1-0 and exited the competition at the last 16 stage thanks to a Martin Kelly goal.

Another issue that came out of the FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace was the fact Harry Kane broke his nose, meaning for the first time this season he won't be named in a matchday squad. This is perhaps the one criticism that could be put on Mauricio Pochettino this season, in that he didn't sign a striker in the January window.

Spurs will be hoping to at least match what they've done in the last two seasons of the Europa League, which is to make it past the first knockout round and into the last 16. The North London outfit will be considered as a favourite in this tournament due to their league position, so there is pressure on them.

Fiorentina are a very capable team, which they showed in the first leg by recovering from an early goal to keep themselves level on aggregate at 1-1. The reverse fixture in Italy was the sixth game of a current seven match unbeaten stretch for Paulo Sousa's team, who lie third in Serie A; a good enough position for them to be in the Champions League next season.

Lamela has impressed under Pochettino. | Image credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Lamela has impressed under Pochettino. | Image credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Team news

There is mixed reports for Spurs with Moussa Dembele set to be out in the short-term, along with Kane, as he came off against Palace because of a groin injury.

However Pochettino is boosted by the return of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after a shoulder injury and Erik Lamela from illness.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

Stats

Fiorentina haven't lost to an English team in five European games now, with three of those coming against Spurs.

Tottenham have lost just one of their last 20 games at White Hart Lane in Europe, scoring 50 and conceding 17 in this period.

Fiorentina themselves have only lost one out of 16 Europa League away games.