Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v APOEL

Tottenham Hotspur could use their dead rubber Champions League group clash with APOEL to restore some confidence to the side following a run of poor form.

UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 December 2017
Match Day 6
Kick-off: 21H45 local time
Venue: Wembley Stadium 
Referee: S. Vincic
Assistants: T. Klancnik, A. Kovacic
Fourth official: G. Kordež

Head-to-head summary: 

TEAM                  MATCHES  WIN   DRAW   LOSS

Tottenham Hotspur       1       1           0        0        
APOEL                   1       0          0         1   

Previous encounter: 

APOEL 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 26/09/17 (Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur goalscorers: H. Kane (39', 62', 67')

Players to watch: 

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may opt to rest a few players for this match, but one star man definitely starting is Dele Alli, who, on his day can destroy any team with his intelligent runs and passes into the box.

A variety of different players have scored APOEL's goals this season, with Igor de Camargo netting five in nine games, while Mickael Pote has six in 10, Roland Sallai has five in nine from midfield, and Ghayas Zahid has weighed in with four goals from 11 games played.

Team form and manager quotes: 

Tottenham have already qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League as Group H winners, ahead of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.

But their domestic form has been off in recent weeks, as after beating Dortmund in their last European encounter, Spurs have draw with West Brom, lost to Leicester and drawn with Watford, to leave them in six place on the Premier League standings.

Ahead of this clash, Pochettino told the club's official website: "We are going to rest some players, of course.

"We are going to rotate the starting 11 but Dele is going to play. He missed three Champions League games because he was banned (for our first three group matches) and he’s fresh to play.”

The manager added "Some players will have the possibility to play and show they can help the team in the future and fight to be a regular.

“We’re going to play with a strong team. It’s important that everyone takes the game seriously and it’s a good opportunity to show your condition, your quality and knock on the door saying ‘I’m here, I’m ready’ if you want to be a regular in the first team. It’s a good opportunity and we want to finish in a good way.”

APOEL will need a result against Spurs to stand a chance of qualifying for the Europa League. In fourth place in Group H, but level with Dortmund on two points, a single point could be enough if Dortmund lose at Real Madrid.

They come into this game in third place on the Cypriot First Division table, with five wins and a draw in their last six league games.

Team news: 

Erik Lamela is unavailable for Spurs as he is ineligible for UEFA competition, while Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are both sidelined.

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