Tottenham Hotspur will once again line-up against Fiorentina for the second year in row under similar circumstances after drawing the first leg 1-1.
Both teams go into this match backed up by strong domestic form and set the stage for an exciting encounter at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.
For the Spurs, they will be keen to get their revenge after being knocked out by the Fiorentina after the 2-0 win in the return leg at Florence.
Tottenham vs Fiorentina : Form Comparison
Last Five League Matches
Tottenham qualified as winners from a group including Anderlecht, Monaco and Qarabag after bagging 4 wins and a draw. The Spurs have won all of their home matches and lost to Anderlecht away from home on October 2015.
Fiorentina was drawn into a group including Basel, Lech Poznan and Belenenses and qualified by finishing second in the group behind Basel. The have remained unbeaten away from home in the group stages, by winning two and a draw against Basel.
In the English Premier League, Tottehman are currently second with 51 points, 2 behind league leaders Leicester City. The Spurs are on an excellent run of form and have lost only once in their last 10 league matches, the defeat came against Leicester City at home by a 1-0 scoreline. While playing at home, the Spurs have lost twice in a span of 5 matches.
Fiorentina are third in Italian Serie A, 6 points behind leaders Juventus and 5 behind second placed Napoli. They will go into the match as unbeaten in 6 matches. But their away form is not that great at the moment, with just 2 wins in 8 matches, 4 of them ended in a draw and 2 in defeats.
Tottenham vs Fiorentina : Head-to-Head Stats
Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham (18-02-2016)
Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham (26-02-2015)
Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina (19-02-2015)
This is second year in a row that Tottenham and Fiorentina are meeting in the round of 32 of Europa League. The last years tie saw the Serie A side knocking out Spurs by virtue of a 2-0 win at their home after drawing the first leg in England 1-1.
Tottenham haven’t lost to Italian sides while playing at home in their 6 European meetings, while Fiorentina have lost twice in 5 meetings with English sides in European competitions.
Tottenham Hotspur : Team News
Tottenham will miss their number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris due to a shoulder injury, while the likes of Carroll, Njié and Vertonghen are sidelined due to their respective injuries.
There is more headache for tinkerman Mauricio Pochettino as Dembele is a doubt and Lamela could miss out due to illness.
Tottenham Hotspur : Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Vorm – Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose – Mason, Dier – Eriksen, Alli, Son – Kane.
Fiorentina : Team News
French defender Yohan Benalouane will miss the trip with Fiorentina to London due to a thigh injury. Other than this, head-coach Paulo Sousa has a full fit squad at his disposal for this crucial tie against Tottenham.
Fiorentina : Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Tatarusanu – Tomovic, Rodríguez, Astori, Alonso – Bernardeschi, Borja Valero, Tino Costa, Blaszczykowski – Ilicic – Zarate
Tottenham vs Fiorentina : Prediction
I personally back Spurs to go on and win this tie pretty comfortably if Pochettino decide to field a full strength squad. The overall form of Tottenham Hotspurs has been terrific since the start of this year and they are a hard working young unit.
Fiorentina is poor on the road, despite their unbeaten record in group stages of the competition. And they must need a win or a draw with 2 or more goals scored. A 0-0 win will see Tottenham through to the next round on away goal rule.
My Prediction is Tottenham to win this 2-0.
Tottenham vs Fiorentina : Statistical Prediction
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