Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Maribor team news update and Dembele return

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Spurs face Slovenian side Maribor in the Europa League at White Hart Lane searching for their first win in the competition. After three successive draws, three points would put them in a strong position in the group, but anything less will really place them under pressure heading into their final two games away to Lazio and at home to Panathaniakos.

Hugo Lloris is expected to get the nod to start in goal, continuing his run of games in the competition. However problems are in midfield with Moussa Dembele and Sandro, although Jake Livermore is available. Emmanuel Adebayor will be hoping for a game up front against a side who have never beaten English opposition.

However there is some promising news regarding the fitness of Belgian midfielder Dembele. The 25-year-old has been told he does not require surgery on a long-standing hip complaint and could return as promptly as the derby with Arsenal in 10 days time, a huge boost for the club.

Tottenham will again line-up against Maribor striker Robert Beric, who is reported to be being lined up by Aston Villa. The forward is valued at £2.5 million and will see the game at White Hart Lane as an opportunity to make a name for himself.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored last time out against the Slovenians, has called for the team to relieve the pressure on themselves by bagging an early goal. The club's home form has been problematic this year with the fans turning on them after their defeat to Wigan, with them winning just one of their last five games at the stadium.

Tottenham have rejected claims their support is anti-semitic, after the club were criticised by the Society of Black Lawyers. The SBL reported Mark Clattenberg to the police, and they have threatened to do the same to Spurs fans if chanting does not cease by November 20. Spurs have hit back at the misguided SBL, outlining the club's position on the issue.

Benoit Assou Ekotto caused a needless furore when he jovially wished his followers on Twitter a good morning at work, even if they hate their boss. This was quickly construed by media as relating to some kind of breakdown between he and AVB, so he quickly put the record straight on the matter.

Ian Holloway has begun trying to wade off interest in Wilfried Zaha, wanted by Spurs, by hiking up his price tag. Similar to how he described his former prized asset Thomas Ince as better than Theo Walcott, he has been hyping up the youngster claiming he has 'never seen a player like him'. Holloway is keen Palace hike up his reputation and price, so that it puts off any suitors in January, or they receive a mega-offer.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is already looking ahead to the North London Derby in 10 days time, and says he is fully focused on leading the Gunners to victory against Spurs, which will be his next game due to his suspension this weekend.

And finally, Tottenham's youngsters produced a sensational result tonight, winning 4-1 away to Barcelona in the Next Gen Series. Shaq Coulthirst bagged a hattrick, with Alex Pritchard adding the other. You can read the match report here.

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