Crunch time in Uefa Cup

LONDON - The muddy waters of the Uefa Cup will become a little clearer today when a clutch of British clubs can book their places in the knockout phase.

LONDON - The muddy waters of the Uefa Cup will become a little clearer today when a clutch of British clubs can book their places in the knockout phase.

With the top three teams from the eight groups going through to join the Champions League dropouts to form the last 32, victories for Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers will guarantee progress.

All four have won their two opening group matches, in stark contrast to patchy domestic form.

Tottenham, Uefa Cup winners in 1972 and 1984, travel to Bayer Leverkusen who drew their only match against Club Bruges.

The trip will be a special one for Tottenham's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov as he faces the club for whom he scored 69 goals in 154 league games.

Berbatov, like Spurs, has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, though he excelled in the 3-1 victory over Bruges in the last round of Group B fixtures, scoring twice and setting up another.

The striker played no part in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Sunday as manager Martin Jol shuffled his strikers. - Reuters

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