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Tottenham Hotspur resume their Europa League campaign on Thursday night with a match against Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Both teams began their lives in Group J by scoring maximum points, beating LASK Linz and Ludogorets Razgrad, in turn.
Let’s watch the match on BT Sport 2 at 5:55 PM, Thu 29 Oct
Leko is unlikely to make major changes to the squad that overcame Beerschot at the weekend. Former Manchester United and Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet should be in the three-man squad, while Aurelio Buta could play at full-back. Antwerp have achieved a similar streak, scoring six wins and a draw from their last seven matches. While Ivan Leko’s students all scored at least two goals in each of those encounters, they were unable to keep a clean sheet under any circumstances. That didn’t stop Antwerp from sitting at the top of the domestic table, but conceding 14 goals in 10 league games would only give Spurs motivation to attack on Thursday night. top of the leaderboards.
Bale and Vinicius will almost certainly be on the attacking line for Spurs, most likely joined by Erik Lamela. Of the players who started the game against Burnley on Monday night, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko may be the only players to retain their place in the team. Although Dele Alli did not feature in the 18-man squad at Turf Moor, the England international was still able to feature among his replacements. Needing to win three qualifying matches to reach the group stage, Spurs made a busy start to their first season under Jose Mourinho.
However, that did not prevent the Portuguese manager from making a strong starting line-up in this tournament, with the recent arrivals of Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius. While they are still waiting for regular Premier League opportunities, the pair made an impact in their first game against LASK Linz last Thursday, highlighting the depth strength that Mourinho currently has at the North London club. Mourinho will desperately want Spurs to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games.
The 3-0 win over LASK was the clearest evidence of the strength of the away team in this group. That form has helped the confidence of the away team to be much stronger and stronger. Even if the home team are in their best form, Tottenham Hotspur can still cause them a lot of difficulties. So, the elites say a win for the away team is predictable.
Antwerp (3-4-3): Butez – De Laet, Seck, Pius – Jukleroed, Haroun, Hongla, Buta – De Pauw, Mbokani, Refaelov
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart – Toby Alderweireld, Matt Doherty, Benjamin Davies, Eric Dier – Moussa Sissoko, Lucas Moura – Pierre Emil Hojbjerg, Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son – Erik Lamela