Gylfi Sigurdsson

Norwegian club Tromso make a trip to England as they face Tottenham Hotspur for the Europa League fixture at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening.

Kick-off is set for 8:05pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be broadcast on ITV 4.


Andre Villas-Boas' men come into this game after their 2-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League. Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was the star for Spurs as his two goals, one in each half, saw the north London club seal three points, bouncing back after their 1-0 defeat at Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Spurs qualified for the group stages of the second tier of European football after defeating Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate. The first leg away from home saw AVB's men find the back of the net on five occasions while the return leg at home ended with a 3-0 win.

The White Hart Lane club invested heavily in their squad over the summer. They have spent over £100m in the transfer market, while allowing Gareth Bale to complete his £85.3m world record move to Real Madrid.

Saliou Ciss

Meanwhile, the visitors enter this game after a 1-0 win over Rosenborg in the domestic competition. Midfielder Magnus Andersen's goal was the difference between the two clubs as his strike sealed all three points for Agnar Christensen's side.

The Norwegian club finished fourth in the league last season, and progressed to the Europa League group stages via the qualifiers. Tromso lost their qualifying play-off 3-2 on aggregate to Besiktas, but the Turkish club's disqualification helped them to seal their place in Group K, along with Spurs, Anzhi Makhachkala and Sheriff Tiraspol.

What The Managers Say

Ander Villas-Boas: "After this game we have not only the Sunday game but the Tuesday game, which I found as an incredible surprise. How can a game be scheduled immediately after two days? It's putting the players' careers at risk. The second day of recovery is the most dangerous for a player to pick up an injury. If this is not taken into account I think it's bad."

Agnar Christensen: "If we manage to hang together as a team, as we did away to Besiktas, we will get opportunities. We have analysed Tottenham and know for example, that we can create chances if we get in behind their defenders. It is important not to make unnecessary fouls, so we have to be focused when we win the ball."

Team Form

Tottenham Hotspur:

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
    • Last Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Norwich City


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L L W
    • Last Result: Tromso 1-0 Rosenborg

Team News

Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur

    • Injured: Aaron Lennon (foot), Etienne Capoue (ankle), Nacer Chadli (knock), Emmanuel Adebayor (personal reasons)
    • Doubtful: N/A
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Friedel; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Sandro, Dembele; Lamela, Holtby, Sigurdsson; Defoe


    • Injured: Hans Norybe (nose)
    • Doubtful: Ruben Kristiansen (illness), Jaroslaw Fojut (illness), Magnus Andersen (ankle)
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Sahlman; Fojut, Koppinen, Norbye, Ciss; Bendiksen, Drage, Andersen, Johansen; Moldskred, Ondrasek