Tottenham will go into tonight's game looking to grab a win in front of their own fans, in order to take them to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Back-to-back losses have put Tim Sherwood's seemingly secure position under threat with new names being linked to the vacant manager's position on a daily basis.

Progress to the last-16 followed by a win against relegation candidate Cardiff should ease some of the pressure on Tottenham. First though, Spurs will have to defeat FC Dnipro.

The Ukrainian side arrive in London with a slender 1-0 lead from a week ago thanks to a penalty from Yevhen Konoplyanka. The winger caused Spurs problems in first leg and will be Dnipro's main man in the second. keeping him quiet will be key to Tottenham's chances.

However, what will be more of a concern to Sherwood will be the current form of misfiring striker Roberto Soldado. With a glaring miss in Ukraine and little to offer against Norwich, the striker is yet to fully hit his stride.

And with Defoe injured on what was supposed to be his last game for the club, Soldado and Adebayor will have to come good for the home side.

Former Spurs boss Juande Ramos will be all too familiar with the pressures of managing the North London side. Now in at Dnipro, Ramos will be looking to dump his old side out of the competition tonight.

Dnipro are likely to be tight and keep their back four deep to avoid being exposed by the pace of Lennon or Walker. They'll look to break quickly through the likes of Konoplyanka and snatch a vital away goal that could put Tottenham out of the competition.


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