Tottenham Hotspur v PAOK Salonika: Match Preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v PAOK Salonika
UEFA Europa League: Group A
White Hart Lane
Wednesday, 30th November: 20:05

Team News

Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is a major doubt after picking up a knee injury in training, so Jermain Defoe is set to deputise.

Giovani dos Santos, Niko Kranjaer, Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson are all long-term absentees.

PAOK wide-player Vierinha picked up a injury during the weekend draw with Kerkya and has not travelled to the crunch qualifier.

Redknapp demand Spurs win

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is refusing to contemplate anything less than a win against PAOK Salonika in their penultimate Europe League group game.

Anything less than a win leaves Spurs' hopes of qualifying for the last-32 hanging by a thread, and would be relying on other results going their way to qualify.

Despite Redknapp planning to rest a number of his star player, including Gareth Bale and Scott Parker, the boss said the game is of the utmost importance.

"Tomorrow is a must-win game. We are a point behind PAOK. You can see Rubin beating Shamrock, so we need to win," said Redknapp.

"We don't want to go to the last game because Rubin could rest players for the last game and they will have already qualified."

"We have a great squad and looking at tomorrow night, we'll make changes and the players who play will all be of very high-quality, in my opinion."

Tottenham's youngsters grabbed a goalless draw in Greece in the pair's last meeting in September and will be looking to grab all three during the return game in London.

PAOK manager Laszio Boloni said: "We know Tottenham very well but my players are special too. I am thinking more what we can do than what Tottenham can do to us."

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