Tottenham to make amends for Brussels defeat against Anderlecht
Tottenham’s defeat by Anderlecht in Brussels two weeks ago came as a bit of a surprise. It was only the London club’s second loss this season and came about after they’d actually taken the lead, through Christian Eriksen, and had looked set to run riot until Anderlecht’s equaliser.
That setback dropped Spurs into third place in Group J, though with the same number of points as Anderlecht. Mauricio Pochettino’s team haven’t lost in the Premier League since the opening day but it’s fair to say that they haven’t really hit the heights in the Europa League so far.
Pochettino has rested players at times so that’s probably understandable but they need to raise their game to make sure they are in the hat for the knockout stages.
Tottenham have never beaten Anderlecht over 90 minutes in five previous European meetings but they are pretty good at White Hart Lane, having not lost in six previous Europa League ties.
Son Heung-min and Nabil Bentaleb are back in training with Spurs but unlikely to be risked for this tie with the North London derby looming large. Harry Kane may also be rested and Andros Townsend won’t be in the squad with rumours persisting that the England winger will be made available for transfer in January.
But the Belgians have won four and drawn one of their last five matches in all competitions so are in good form. However, they will be without defender Ivan Obradovic and star midfielder Dennis Praet at White Hart Lane, though Andy Najar could return having missed the reverse fixture in Brussels.
Spurs tore Anderlecht apart in the opening stages at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock but seemed to take their foot of the gas. When they recovered their composure, they should have forced at least a draw and have the pace to exploit the Belgian side’s high back-line on home soil.
A home win in our Full Time Result betting is 7/10. Spurs have proved fast starters in recent games so may be worth a bet to be winning in our First 10 Min Result market at 5/1. Tottenham/Tottenham in our Half Time/Full Time betting is 7/5 with Mousa Dembele at 7/2 to continue his scoring run in our Anytime Goalscorer odds.
The match kicks off at 8.05pm on Thursday, November 5th at White Hart Lane
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