Tottenham Hotspur head to Belgium for Thursday night’s Europa League Group J fixture. Jose Mourinho’s team are on a two-match winning streak heading into matchday 2 of the Europa League. The London club were excellent on matchday 1 of the tournament, claiming a 3-0 win versus LASK Linz.
Spurs got goals from Lucas Moura in the first half and Heung-min Son added another in the second half. In between those goals was a LASK Linz own goal. Tottenham Hotspur followed up their win with a Premier League victory versus Burnley on Monday night. It was a hard slog for the Londoners as Spurs were unable to break down the Clarets until the second half, claiming a 1-0 victory.
Royal Antwerp are on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Six of those fixtures ended in wins for the team. They will aim to make it very difficult for Tottenham Hotspur to leave Belgium with a victory. On matchday 1 in the Europa League, Antwerp came from behind against Ludogorets Razgrad. The Belgians conceded a goal just after halftime. Antwerp’s Pieter Gerkens and Lior Refaelov found the back of the net just after the hour-mark to reverse the game into the Belgians’ favour.
Can Tottenham Hotspur upend Antwerp on Thursday night or will the Belgian club register a famous win versus the Premier League club?
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Royal Antwerp are on a five-game winning streak in all competitions. Manager Ivan Leko has built a fantastic side and will fancy gaining a point at home versus Spurs. Antwerp’s last seven games in all competitions ended with both teams finding the back of the net. Those seven games also finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Royal Antwerp’s games have been high scoring to say the least. While there defence hasn’t been rock solid, they have simply outscored opponents. Their run of wins included a 3-2 success at the weekend versus Beerschot. The Great Old have tallied 23 goals in all competitions for an average of 2.09 per game. They concede an average of 1.36 goals per match in all competitions.
Since falling 1-0 to Everton on matchday 1, Tottenham Hotspur are on an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Eight of those games saw both teams score goals. There is hope that Mourinho has finally got his defence sorted out. After seeing both teams score in nine straight games, Spurs have recorded back to back wins to nil in all competitions.
Tottenham Hotspur have scored 32 goals in all competitions with 2.67 being tallied per game. The defence has allowed 13 scores against. Those back to back clean sheets could be a sign of things changing.
Antwerp vs Tottenham Team News
Mourinho could have two key players back in the team for the game on Thursday night. Forward Steve Bergwijn and full-back Serge Aurier are both working their way back to full fitness. The duo is suffering from knocks, respectively. Mourinho could hold the pair of the game with a home fixture versus Brighton on the fixture list for this weekend.
The manager is likely to pick a strong side. He is taking the Europa League very seriously, especially with Premier League teams having recent success in the tournament. In 2016, Mourinho led Manchester United to the Europa League trophy. Three seasons later, Chelsea lifted the trophy in an all-English final. Three of the last five Europa League finals featured at least one English side.
Antwerp’s leading scoring heading into the match is Dieumerci Mbokani. Now 34, Mbokani spent time with Norwich City, Hull City, Monaco and Wolfsburg. He has been at several clubs during his career before landing at Royal Antwerp in 2018. He has four goals in 10 appearances this season. Refeaelov is Royal Antwerp’s dangerman. He scored on Europa League matchday 1 and has three goals this season to go along with two assists.
Antwerp vs Tottenham Prediction
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Harry Kane gets the headlines because he is an English player, but Heung-min Son is Tottenham Hotspur’s most important attacking player. The South Korean speedster goes into matchday 2 of the competition with 10 goals and four assists in nine games in all competitions. The winger is vital to everything that Spurs do. Of course, Mourinho could leave Son on the bench for Thursday night and start Gareth Bale. Son has scored four goals in his last three league games. He also tallied a goal versus LASK Linz last week in the Europa League.
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Tottenham Hotspur have far more quality in their team than Royal Antwerp possess. Although the Belgians are on a great unbeaten run in all competitions, they are playing a Spurs team in equally good form. Could this be Spurs’ year to finally win a trophy? Perhaps. There is a long way to go still. Four of Spurs’ 12 games this season saw them win both halves.
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Let the goals rain down in Antwerp. The Belgians have defensive issues and Spurs should exploit those problems. Even though Royal Antwerp have been on an unbeaten run, they have conceded goals to opponents. Eight of Antwerp’s 11 games in all competitions this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They have kept a mere one clean sheet in their games.
Seven of Spurs’ 12 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. They have the firepower to get goals and it has shown. Tottenham Hotspur have made a mockery of their Europa League opponents this term. They had to start in the qualifying rounds and all four games to this point ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
There is an argument that can be made that Tottenham Hotspur are slowing down. After winning against LASK Linz 3-0 last week in the Europa League, they only managed a 1-0 victory at Burnley thanks to Son goal. Will they sputter and splatter in Belgium?
Tottenham Hotspur should win on Thursday night with over 2.5 goals scored. Royal Antwerp will put up a fight but Spurs’ quality will rise to the top.
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Antwerp vs Tottenham Frequently Asked Questions
What are the odds on Tottenham winning vs Antwerp on Thursday in the Europa League?
Sours are the big favourites to win Thursday's match against Antwerp. Jose Mourinho's men can be backed at odds of 9/16 to get three points.A
What are the odds on Antwerp winning vs Tottenham in the Europa League?
Antwerp are the underdogs going into Thursday's Europa League match. You can back the Belgian side at odds of 5/1 to win against Spurs.A
What stadium will host Antwerp vs Tottenham in the Europa League?
Bosuilstadion is the host venue for Thursday's Europa League match between Antwerp and Tottenham.A
What time is kick-off for Antwerp vs Tottenham in the Europa League?
Antwerp vs Tottenham will kick-off at 17:55 on Thursday 29 October.A