Tottenham Hotspur travel to take on Portuguese league leaders Benfica at the Stadium of Light on Thursday night for the second leg of their Uefa Europa League round-of-16 clash in Lisbon, trailing 3-1 from the first encounter at White Hart Lane last week, and this is the starting XI we believe that head coach Tim Sherwood will go with …
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GK: Brad Friedel
The veteran former United States international gets the nod after first-choice Hugo Lloris did not travel with the rest of the north London club’s squad to Lisbon, and you get the feeling that the shot stopper may be in for a busy evening.
RB: Kyle Naughton
The young Englishman is set to shift over from the left-back role which he was employed in against the Portuguese giants in the first leg to the other side of his team’s back four on Thursday to accommodate for the return of Danny Rose.
Due to a plethora of untimely injuries at the back suffered by the visitors, under-pressure boss Sherwood is being forced to utilise the Brazilian in an unfamiliar centre-back role, which could make for some tricky moments at the Stadium of Light.
CB: Zeki Fryers
Equally concerning as far as Tottenham fans are concerned is the prospect of seeing the young left back operating as a central defender against Benfica’s experienced frontmen, although needs must.
LB: Danny Rose
The Englishman, who has been forced to endure an injury-ravaged campaign so far, is set to return on Thursday against the Portuguese to take up his normal role on the left-hand side of the Spurs defence, while also looking to provide some width in attack for the north Londoners down their left flank.