Having secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, Jose Mourinho will be looking to register the second of what will hopefully be three huge wins this week.
Maccabi Haifa are the visitors to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight and the winners will progress through to the group stage of the Europa League.
Winning both their previous qualifiers away from home against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Shkendija, home advantage will hopefully play into Spurs’ favour and see them progress.
Here we take a look at some of the major talking points ahead of the tie.
Win at all costs
Tottenham’s victories in the Europa League so far have not been easy on the eye.
Mourinho’s side have dominated proceedings in both games but unfortunately needed late goals to qualify on each occasion having failed to make their possession count.
This is going to be their hardest test yet in the qualifiers and it really is win at all costs or there will be no European football for the team for the remainder of the season.
Spurs will go into the match full of confidence following Tuesday night’s win over Chelsea and all will be hoping that they can put this game to bed rather early tonight as they look to seal their place in the group stage.
Mourinho’s team selection
The boss is once again going to have to make a host of changes for tonight’s game due to the quick turnaround.
Thankfully he has a big squad at his disposal and a number of players will be fresh having either played a bit of Tuesday’s match or none of it at all.
Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks missed out on the squad completely against Chelsea and should come straight back in, while Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies should do likewise having been unused substitutes against their London rivals.
Harry Kane is another who should be relatively fresh having come on for the final 20 minutes against Chelsea.
However, it appears there will be no Eric Dier or Erik Lamela this evening after Mourinho claimed in his post-match press conference that they couldn’t play having played the full game on Tuesday.
Does Dele start?
Another major talking point going into the Maccabi Haifa fixture is whether or not Dele Alli features in the European clash.
The attacking midfielder’s absence from the squad has been a major talking point in recent weeks and it has only intensified speculation over his future ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Alli did play last Thursday in the win over Shkendija but was hooked on the hour mark after a frustrating evening for the ex-MK Dons man.
The quick turnaround from Tuesday’s game means a number of players need a breather ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford and that may work in his favour.
If not, speculation over a potential exit is only going to continue over the next few days.
Manchester United team hint
The Europa League qualifiers have so far highlighted that there are no easy games and that you still need to put out a very good team to progress.
Mourinho’s selection against Maccabi Haifa is going to be very interesting given the Lilywhites played 48 hours earlier, but one thing you can guarantee is that it will be a strong XI he fields.
However, his choice tonight may hint at the team he will field on Sunday against former club Manchester United.
Dier and Lamela could well be in the side at Old Trafford as they are not due to play tonight, while the likes of Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko may also be given a rest and the come back in at the weekend.
While priority is obviously on qualifying tonight against their Israeli opponents, the boss may just have one eye on their next Premier League game.