Monday 11 December 2017

FC Twente v Tottenham Key battles

Peter Wisgerhof v Peter Crouch

Wisgerhof lost his personal battle with Crouch when the sides met in September. The defender was harshly adjudged to have fouled the striker for the first of three controversial penalties Twente conceded at White Hart Lane, while also failing to prevent him setting up Rafael van der Vaart's opening goal with a trademark knockdown. Crouch continues to thrive in the Champions League, while struggling domestically, with six of his seven goals this season coming in the competition.

Theo Janssen v Aaron Lennon

Janssen has continued to make Twente tick as they look to retain the Dutch championship they won for the first time last season. A big-game player, he scored both their goals in Saturday's win over De Graafschap which ensured they stayed joint top of the table. Lennon has been completely overshadowed by Gareth Bale on the opposite wing for much of the season but he was electrifying in Spurs' previous Champions League win over Werder Bremen and league victory against Liverpool.

Marc Janko v William Gallas

The goalscoring burden at Twente has fallen on Janko following an injury to fellow forward Bryan Ruiz. The Austrian is his side's top scorer with eight and will be motivated by revenge after claiming he was deliberately elbowed by Tom Huddlestone in the reverse fixture. Gallas has become Tottenham's leader on the pitch in every sense since being awarded the captaincy, helping them keep only their third clean sheet of the season against Bremen.

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