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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Olympique Lyonnais: Preview and TV schedule

Tottenham will face an extremely tough Round of 32 tie against Olympique Lyonnais, who currently sit second in Ligue 1

Clive Mason

There's no question that Tottenham have been handed one of the toughest draws on the Europa League Round of 32. Lyon are currently second in Ligue 1 though they're play hasn't been the best the last couple matches. It'll be an excellent test for Spurs and Andre Villas-Boas said as much in the media, making the point that this should be a good test of how ready Spurs are to compete at the next level.

It's generally believed that Lyon boss Remi Garde will tinker with his lineup in an attempt to get his team going again. Yoann Gourcuff, who is having a miserable time of it this season, could get a chance to prove he deserves to be a regular member of the starting XI for Garde.

Villas-Boas is extremely thin up front with only one healthy striker in Emmanuel Adebayor. If anything happens to him, AVB may have to start improvising a bit. There will be one major lineup change for Spurs as Brad Friedel will start in goal over regular first choice Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham injuries and suspensions

Out: Jermain Defoe (ankle), Sandro (knee), Younes Kaboul (knee). In doubt: None.

Lyon injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In Doubt: None.

Jermain Defoe and Younes Kaboul are both a couple weeks away from being fit, while Sandro is out for the season with a knee injury.

Match Date/Time: 8 p.m. local, 3 p.m. ET

Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England

TV: FOX Soccer (U.S.), ITV 1 (U.K.)

Online: FOX Soccer 2 Go (U.S.)