Tottenham have a mountain to climb going into their second leg Europa League tie against Benfica this evening at the Estadio da Luz.

The north London side stumbled to a 3-1 defeat against the Portuguese outfit which puts them on the brink of exiting the competition at the last 16 stage.

Spurs travel to Lisbon with a host of injuries and suspensions that will hinder them further; they're without a recognised centre-back whatsoever meaning Sandro will likely step in at the back, perhaps alongside one of the eight youngsters manager Tim Sherwood has taken with him to patch up his squad.

Kyle Walker is also unavailable while main striker Emmanuel Adebayor didn't travel - meaning the much-maligned Roberto Soldado will likely start up top.

The game will see Sherwood resume his on-going battle with opposition manager Jorge Jesus -the pair aren't on the best of terms after the Benfica boss seemed to mock Sherwood during the game at White Hart Lane. The Spurs boss later accused Jesus of 'lacking class'.

Benfica haven't lost at home in any competition since August last year, and go into the game on the back of a 4-2 win, while Tottenham must bounce back from a 1-0 defeat against rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham predicted line-up: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Naughton, Danny Rose, Sandro, Milos Veljkovic, Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado

Predicted score: Benfica 2-0 Tottenham

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