Tottenham v Benfica Live Stream, Team News, Match Preview as Spurs look for Europa League lead at the Lane

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Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur welcome Portuguese league leaders Benfica to White Hart Lane for the first leg of their last 16 Europa league tie.


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Tottenham will head into the clash on the back of their latest drubbing form a side above them in the league as they following up heavy defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City with a 4-0 defeat away to Chelsea.

Manager Tim Sherwood will be hoping for a response from his players after accusing his expensive stars of lacking “character” against the Premier League leaders.

“The fans were magnificent (on Saturday) and the lads owe it to them and owe it to themselves (to respond),” he told the club’s official website.

“They have to take it on the chin, as we all have.”

The defeat left Tottenham four points behind Manchester City in the race for the final Champions League spot and they face a stern test of their abilities to perform at this level against last year’s runners up Benfica.

Jorge Jesus’ side are currently seven points clear at the top the Portuguese league and will head into the clash on the back of five straight wins in the league.

The club finished third in their Champions’ league group, dropping down to the Europa league due to their inferior head-to-head record with Olympiacos whom they finished level on points with.

The disappointment of not making the knockout stages of Europe’s Premier competition was quickly put to one side as they disposed of Greek side PAOK 4-0 on aggregate.

Tottenham meanwhile were equally clinical as they beat Ukrainian side Dnipro 3-2 on aggregate.

Sherwood’s side lost the first leg 1-0 and their 11 game unbeaten home record was put to the test as they went 1-0 early on but goals from Emmanuel Adebayor (2) and Christian Eriksen sealed the win.

Tottenham are sweating on the fitness of Michael Dawson with a hamstring injury sustained against Chelsea while Benfica are could have Oscar Cardoza up front after he recovered from a back injury.

Brazilian defender Jardel is likely to be missing once again for the visitors. The 27 year old has been sidelined since a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Enzo Perez against Vitoria Guimaraes at the end of February.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.