Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Twente Preview

Tottenham Hotspur face FC Twente in their first ever Champions League game at White Hart Lane this Wednesday evening with the north Londoners struggling for consistency. Twente, formerly managed by Middlesbrough and England boss Steve McClaren until he moved to Wolfsburg, will come into the game with confidence. Spurs, having roared into a 2-0 lead away at Werder Bremen in the opening group fixture, struggled to maintain the standard of their first half performance and ended up with a 2-2 draw. Since then they have overcome Wolves 3-1, been dumped out of the Carling Cup by rivals Arsenal and lost to bottom of the Premier League West Ham United on Saturday. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is sure to be relishing his first test of action in the top European competition, having previously led Portsmouth into the Europa League (formerly Uefa Cup) back in 2008. If nothing else, Redknapp’s side are sure to provide plenty of entertainment in this season’s Champions League. However, they are without several key players, with Jermain Defoe ruled out following surgery, and defenders Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate also the victim of persistent long-term injuries. The creative and goalscoring duties will fall to Redknapp’s new Dutch signing Rafael Van Der Vaart. The £8m signing from Spanish giants Real Madrid is 17/2 with bookmaker Victor Chandler to score the first goal of the game. Tottenham Hotspur v FC Twente is live on Sky Sports 2 with kick-off at 7.45pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change

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