While Tottenham's progress in the Premier League this season has been rocky, in Europe their march to the next stage has been smooth and serene.
Five wins from five so far and top spot in Group K already assured, Spurs will look for the final flourish when they take on beleaguered Anzhi Makhachkala at White Hart Lane this evening.
While the standard of their group isn't exactly the highest, their stats are impressive. No team has conceded fewer shots, while they have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven outings and won every single one of those games. Jermain Defoe is currently the tournament's top scorer with five goals to his name.
In truth this evening's game against Anzhi, who have also already qualified, is likely to be one of the least important Tottenham play all season with a key Premier League clash against Liverpool to come at the weekend.
Coach Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose could make their long-awaited returns from injury as subs, while Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches will all miss the game - although the latter is in line to return against Liverpool.
Spurs have included a host of youngsters in the squad for the game, and with Villas-Boas regularly making wholesale changes for Europa League games this season, expect no different this evening.
Tottenham predicted line-up: Friedel, Naughton, Fryers, Dawson, Capoue, Paulinho, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Lamela, Defoe
Predicted score: Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala
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