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Posted on 14 September 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton looks ahead to our UEFA Cup entrance away to Slavia Prague this evening...

Chris Hughton looks ahead to our UEFA Cup entrance away to Slavia Prague this evening...

IT WILL BE a special moment for the Club, players and maybe even more so the supporters when we step out for our UEFA Cup return against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

They were always memorable evenings for us in the past and we are fortunate in that we have always drawn a big support for our European games. I can see us doing exactly the same in our games at White Hart Lane and we so much want to progress through to the group stage.

Given the choice, I would have chosen to play the away leg first. There are some advantages to playing at home first if you can get a good lead and put pressure on the opposition for the second leg. But, if you asked most people in the game, they would say it is best to play the home leg second.

It will be a tough game against Slavia, who are a side used to operating at the top end of their league and qualifying for European competition. They've got a consistent side who play to a high level and both sides will be looking forward to this game with a great degree of anticipation.

A name fans will be familiar with from the Slavia side is that of Martin Latka, the centre half who was at Birmingham last season and he plays alongside a good player called Marek Suchy.

They were a very offensive side on the day myself and Martin went to see them, one capable of scoring goals. Stanislav Vlcek up front is an experienced player and full of running - probably the biggest threat in the game we saw. On the flank, Dusan Svento has a very good left foot and is almost like an old fashioned winger with the ability to also tuck in.

The manager's son Lukas Jarolim is a very effective player who was on most of the free-kicks and corners. These players are the mainstay of the team and we can expect a difficult game over there in front of a passionate crowd.