Tottenham Hotspur vs Ludogorets: Preview & Predictions

Tanguy Ndombele
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Tottenham Hotspur host Ludogorets on Thursday aiming to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Spurs head into the game on top of Group J, level on six points with Royal Antwerp and LASK with three games still to play.

They are currently amongst the favourites to lift the trophy, and plenty of punters will be using William Hill codes to back them to achieve the feat given their recent form.

Read on as we preview the game against Ludogorets and assess Spurs’ chances of going on to win the Europa League this season.

Alderweireld Injury is a Blow

Toby Alderweireld sustained a groin injury during Spurs’ 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and he is unlikely to feature in midweek.

The Belgian has been in fine form for Spurs in recent weeks, and manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared. 

Matt Doherty is also on the sidelines, while Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are both struggling with their respective injuries.

However, Japhet Tanganga is edging closer towards a return to action from a thigh problem and may replace Alderweireld in defence.

Spurs Keen to Hang on to Top Spot

After safely progressing through the qualifying phase, Spurs kicked-off the group stage with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over LASK.

They were then beaten 1-0 in Antwerp, before bouncing back in emphatic fashion with a stylish 3-1 win at Ludogorets on Matchday 3.

The two-time UEFA Cup winners have qualified for the round of 32 in each of their last four appearances in this competition, most recently in 2015/16 when they reached the last 16.

Their home record is W13 D2 L1 in the group stage of the Europa League, and they are strongly fancied to enhance it on Thursday.

Ludogorets Look out of Their Depth

Ludogorets won a ninth consecutive Bulgarian league title in 2019/20 to earn a place in the Champions League.

After quickly exiting that competition, they dropped into the Europa League play-offs where they progressed past Dinamo Brest.

However, they have lost all three outings in the group stage, and a defeat on Thursday would end their interest in the tournament.

Ludogorets have won just two of their last 14 away ties in the competition proper, and it is unlikely that they will improve on that record against Spurs.

Mourinho on a Mission

Mourinho has a perfect record in this competition having previously guided both Porto (2002/03) and Manchester United (2016/17) to success.

The Spurs boss enjoys winning silverware, and he has made Spurs one of the teams to watch this season, with searches for Europa League live streams peaking whenever Tottenham are due to play.

The Premier League team are unlikely to find things easy, with the likes of AC Milan, Arsenal and Napoli in with a genuine chance of lifting the trophy.

Despite this, Spurs are much-improved under Mourinho, and it would be no surprise to see the Portuguese guide them to the final.

 

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