The Nuno Espirito Santo era at Tottenham Hotspur got off to a fantastic start on Sunday as the north London club defeated reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 at home.
Now, Spurs turn their attention to the Europa Conference League, a tournament many supporters will look at with disdain for a club that considers itself one of the top in Europe. However, Spurs should look at the Europa Conference League as a chance to claim silverware on the continent.
Pacos de Ferreira vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview
First up for Santo’s Spurs are Portugal’s Pacos de Ferreira. Jorge Simao’s team finished fifth in the Primeira Liga last season to qualify for Europe. Unlike Tottenham Hotspur, Pacos de Ferreira entered the Europa Conference League at the third qualifying round.
After a 4-0 win at home against Northern Ireland’s Larne, Pacos de Ferreira lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture away. Simao’s team still progressed in spite of the loss thanks to a 4-1 aggregate win. This is a massive tie for Pacos de Ferreira, who are an unknown to many football supporters outside of Portugal.
Pacos de Ferreira vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Odds
Pacos de Ferreira are one of Portugal’s more historic teams outside of the big three of Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, and FC Porto. They qualified for Europe for the first time in 2007 and are in their fifth campaign in European football competition.
Just once have Pacos de Ferreira made the group stage of a European tournament. That qualification came during the 2013-14 Europa League. It was also the last time Pacos de Ferreira played in Europe.
The Portuguese club are at bookies’ best betting odds of 11/2 to win at home against Spurs on Thursday night. They are underdogs going into the game. Simao will be worried that the team has suffered back-to-back losses going into the game. After the 1-0 loss to Larne in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round, Pacos de Ferreira fell 3-0 at the weekend to league rival Boavista.
Santo took Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Europa League quarterfinals in 2019-20. He has experience in Europe and it should benefit Spurs on Thursday night. This will be Tottenham Hotspur’s second game of the season, Pacos de Ferreira have already played five times in all competitions. Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a Tottenham Hotspur win at full-time are at ½.
Pacos de Ferreira vs Tottenham Hotspur Team News
Santo is likely to rotate the team heavily following Sunday’s fantastic home win against Manchester City. With speculation swirling that Harry Kane wants to join Manchester City, Santo left the striker out of the squad on Sunday. Kane has been named in the travelling squad to face Pacos de Ferreira. Playing Kane would give him the chance to get fit after returning to the team late and preseason over.
The new Tottenham Hotspur manager included all first-team players for the squad for Thursday night’s match with the except of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier. There has been speculation that the club are ready to sell both players.
Ryan Sessegnon is nearing a return from injury, but may not be fit to play the first leg in Portugal. The full-back starred for Fulham in the Championship just a few seasons ago, but couldn’t crack Jose Mourinho’s squad. After a solid season on loan at Germany’s Hoffenheim, Sessegnon could be a part of Santo’s plans this term.
Simao’s team were thrashed 3-0 by Boavista at the weekend. By the 70-minute mark, the manager had already made four substitutions with an eye on Thursday’s game. Denilson is the Pacos de Ferreira dangerman. He has three goals in four matches in all competitions.
Pacos de Ferreira vs Tottenham Hotspur H2H
Pacos de Ferreira and Tottenham Hotspur have never played a competitive match. Both managers could deploy strong squads. Why? Pacos de Ferreira will see this as a chance to take a major European scalp and to make a tournament they will fancy their chances in.
Santo could use the match as a way to provide fitness to key players such as Kane, Giovani Lo Celso, and Bryan Gil. Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini could also start following their transfers to the club in the offseason.
Pacos de Ferreira vs Tottenham Hotspur Predictions
Both teams to score: NO @10/11 - BET NOW
Pacos de Ferreira were smashed 3-0 at the weekend by Boavista. Against a far stronger defensive team, our betting tips prediction is for both teams not to score as Spurs strangle the Portuguese team’s chances. Santo’s philosophy is to defend first, but he won’t park the bus like Jose Mourinho did. Pacos de Ferreira’s last four matches all ended with both teams not scoring. They have lost their last two games to nil in all competitions.
Harry Kane to score anytime @5/6 - BET NOW
There is no guarantee that Harry Kane will play against Pacos de Ferreira. There is still the possibility that Kane will leave the club for Manchester City. Thursday night’s game is a great opportunity for Santo to play Kane to get the striker fitness and to put the tie away in the first leg. Kane scored 33 goals and tallied 17 assists in 49 games in all competitions last season. Our betting tips prediction is for a Kane goal if he plays.
Under 2.5 goals scored @11/10 - BET NOW
In spite of the firepower in the Tottenham Hotspur squad, the team should put in a professional performance to get the win as s Pacos de Ferreira keep the scoreline from getting out of hand. Tottenham Hotspur should win away from home in Portugal with Pacos de Ferreira providing some resistance.
Although little was expected from Tottenham Hotspur this season, they have a fantastic, underrated manager leading the team. Spurs now have winnable league and cup games in the build-up for a match with Chelsea on September 19. Our betting tips prediction is a Tottenham Hotspur win with under 2.5 goals as they take a step toward the Europa Conference League group stage.