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Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shock setback on matchday 2 in the Europa League, losing 1-0 to Royal Antwerp away. Now, Jose Mourinho’s team head to Belarus to face off with Ludogorets. The Belarussian team are bottom of Europa League Group J with zero points from six possible. Ludogorets have conceded six goals while scoring four of their own.

Ludogorets lost on matchday 1 to Royal Antwerp 2-1 before falling a second time on matchday 2 to LASK Linz, 4-3. The Belarussian team were down 4-1 at one point prior to mounting a comeback.

Spurs struggled to breakdown Royal Antwerp on matchday 2. The Belgians’ first half goal came thanks to a Spurs defensive mistake. Tottenham Hotspur go into matchday 3 in second place in Group J. They are level on points with LASK Linz with three. A win against Ludogorets and results going their way elsewhere would send Spurs to the top of Group J.

Thursday night’s game will be Tottenham Hotspur’s 15th already this season in all competitions. If they are to go into the final stages of the Europa League, they will rack up a large number of games. Mourinho has the depth to go deep into the tournament and possibly win it. However, he needs his side to play better than they did last time in the Europa League.

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Tottenham Hotspur claimed a narrow 2-1 home win at the weekend in the Premier League versus Brighton. Gareth Bale’s second-half header gave Tottenham Hotspur the win after Harry Kane’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Brighton. Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions. They have been rolling right along in all competitions and will fancy their chances of another three points in Europe.

Eight of Spurs 14 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Mourinho’s team have not been shy in the final third, except in their two losses this term to Everton and Royal Antwerp. Both games saw Spurs lose to nil.

Ludogorets have played 15 games in all competitions since beginning the campaign in August. They rebounded from their loss to LASK Linz in the Europa League last weekend with a win on the domestic front versus Levski Sofia, 1-0.

Nine of Ludogorets’ 15 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. In addition, nine of Ludogorets’ 15 games finished with both teams scoring goals. They average 2.07 goals scored per game but concede an average of 1.13 goals per match.

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Mourinho has no new injury issues heading into the game on Thursday night. The only missing player is long-term absentee Japhet Tanganga. Otherwise Mourinho has a long list of players to choose from. He could pick his strongest side available in a bid to win and move three points clear of second-placed Royal Antwerp. Of course, that depends on the Belgians’ result versu LASK Linz.

Spurs weekend win moved them up to third in the league table. The Londoners will face off with West Brom at the weekend. Their awful points total and continued poor performances mean Mourinho may play a far stronger team on Thursday night than against the Baggies on Sunday.

Heung-min Son continues to lead Spurs in goals scored with eight. His expected goal figure is just 3.09. He has been stellar for Spurs. He could give way, however, allowing Bale to play on the wing. Harry Kane has six goals in the league this season.

Ludogorets are led by goalscorer Higinio Marin. He has seven goals in all competitions. Marin scored Ludogorets only goal versus Royal Antwerp. The club’s real dangerman is Manu, who bagged a hat-trick on matchday 2 versus LASK Linz.

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Tottenham Hotspur have allowed goals to opponents in the Europa League this season. Spurs had to play in the qualifying rounds and those games witnessed goals. Three of their five games in the Europa League qualifying and group stage ended with both teams scoring goals. Ludogorets’ two group stage matches finished with both sides finding the back of the net. If Spurs make mistakes in defence like they did versus Royal Antwerp, the game could end with both teams scoring.

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Mourinho has claimed Bale will not start in the Premier League for the time being. He isn’t ready to make starts according to Mourinho, especially with the form of his teammates. Bale did start versus Royal Antwerp but did not play the full 90 minutes. He could get another Europa League start in a bid to improve his match fitness. Bale scored his first Spurs goal on at the weekend and could find the back of the net once more.

Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW

Ludogorets’ two group stage matches ended with over 2.5 goals and back-to-back losses. Tottenham Hotspur saw one of their two games in the Europa League finish with more than 2.5 goals scored. Ludogorets average 3.0 goals per Europa League match, so don’t be surprised to see Tottenham Hotspur get goals. They have conceded goals in the Europa League and could once more to Ludogorets.

Although Tottenham Hotspur should concede a goal, they are likely to grab a win in Belarus. The win could put Mourinho’s team atop the Group J table with three games to go. When the teams play in the Europa League once more in late November, Spurs will play Ludogorets once more. Back-to-back could all but seal their place in the last 32.

Spurs do have some difficult fixtures in the league upcoming. Although their game against West Brom at the weekend should be an easy win, they face Manchester City immediately after the international break. Expect a Spurs win on Thursday night as they continue to fight on three fronts for silverware.

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