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Panathinaikos vs Spurs: The Preview The Prediction

On Thursday evening, Tottenham are set to travel to Greece following a historic victory on Saturday afternoon which saw AVB’s men beat Manchester United 3-2 in an ever-dramatic fashion.

Top-class performances from Dembele, Sandro, Dempsey, Bale and Vertonghen might result in Villas-Boas resting a few familiar faces but keeping some traditional fan-pleasers in the squad to emphasise the manager’s wishes to make an impact in Europe.

The starting eleven should consist of new boy Hugo Lloris, who has only made one appearance in the Spurs jersey, playing against Lazio at home and keeping a clean sheet.

The back four could might see the return of Kyle Naughton, but if he is injured it wouldn’t be a shock to see youngster Adam Smith step into the side at right back. Caulker is likely to retain his position in the centre of defence with Gallas or Dawson being his partner with Vertonghen resuming his position at left-back.

The midfield would likely see Huddlestone make an appearance as with Sigurdsson and Townsend, with Bale likely to start on the left. Sandro or Dembele would resume the other holding midfield position, and Dempsey could start on the right ahead of Lennon who is showing signs of fatigue. And of course regular striker Jermain Defoe topping off the squad.

But, with Villas-Boas promising to take the competition seriously, it’s possible for the 34 year old to field an incredibly strong side, making one or two changes to the brilliant squad who won on Saturday.

Even though fatigue won’t be a problem on Thursday, it is the return fixture waiting for the team on Sunday which might call for Villas-Boas to carefully choose his squad. Tottenham are set to face Aston Villa at home on Sunday and with the team only managing one win out of three at home, Villas-Boas needs another home win under his belt to truly get the momentum going and reinforce his message of securing a Champions League qualification spot.

So with Villas-Boas having a number of choices to make before the game regarding the squad, it is hard to predict what the score will be without knowing a round-about squad list. However, as top seeds in the competition and the attacking play of Villas-Boas in away games being successful so far, Tottenham should manage to take all three points.

With Villas-Boas being unbeaten since the first day of the season in all competitions, it is clear that the AVB revolution is well under way, and as Tottenham travel to Greece for their first European away fixture under the new manager, the one time Europa League winner will make sure that he keeps his critics silent by continuing to build on his impressive form so far.

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