Tottenham will hope for a big win at Tromsø, although they have already qualified for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Andre-Villas Boas' men suffered a damaging 6-0 loss at Manchester City on Sunday and as a result find themselves down in ninth place in the Premier League - they can take comfort in the fact they are four points from second and two from fourth, however.

The London club have failed to score in their last three league games - receiving just one point in the process - and a very disappointed Villas-Boas said his players should be "ashamed" by their performance at City.

Tottenham have had no such problems in the Europa League, though, having sailed through Group K with a 100 per cent record so far, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.

In their last European outing, Jermain Defoe grabbed a goal from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win against Sheriff Tiraspol to become Tottenham’s leading scorer in European competition, and the striker will most likely get another opportunity to start in Norway on Thursday and continue his form in the competition.

Defender Jan Vertonghen calmed down rumours of unrest at White Hart Lane following the defeat at City, and the trip to Tromsø will provide an opportunity to build up their confidence again on the back of two losses.

It's crucial they win the match, not for any positional gain in their group, but for the morale boost the players will receive as a result.

Defoe is just one of several players who will be looking to compete for the big match with Manchester United on Sunday at White Hart Lane, with the likes of midfield duo Moussa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson also hoping for a start, after seeing their first-team places taken from them in recent matches.

Even though Norwegian side Tromsø have no chance of reaching the round of 32 as they have only secured one point from their first four games, coach Steinar Nilsen is remaining positive. He says he expects the clash against Tottenham to be a memorable occasion and expects his side to raise their game despite having nothing to gain.

"What I am most concerned about is that we will be able to identify our own games and our own strengths. I am actually very confident that we will manage to create chances," he told reporters.

"The question is whether we can convert chances into goals and if we act cool enough defensively oriented.

"I think it will be a fun game and I think it will be a learning experience. We have measured ourselves against a team that has speed and skills at the very highest international level."

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