AVB: Big opportunity for Spurs
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas believes his team have a great opportunity to close in on the knockout stages of the Europa League with victory over Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.
A win for the north London club on Thursday would make it three successes in as many games in Group K and open a clear lead at the top of the table.
And Spurs' progress to the next phase would be assured if Anzhi Makhachkala draw with Tromso in the night's other game.
The Tottenham manager told the club's website: "We have a big opportunity to get to nine points and maybe qualify at such an early stage.
"That motivation is key for us and is a big opportunity."
As for their opponents, Sheriff have secured the Moldovan title 11 times in 13 years and Villas-Boas added: "The conditions here are great.
"They are influenced by the Brazilians they have: Six Brazilians, very creative players and particularly in midfield.
"They are a counter attacking team which break quickly so we have to be aware.
"But we also must keep to our own principles and stay solid in defence."