Saturday, November 28, 2020

Prediction: Antwerp vs Tottenham

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 28 Oct 2020

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Prediction: Tottenham win

Best Odds: 13/25

Bookmaker: 888sport

The UEFA Europa League is back in our lives this week and fans are buckling up for an incredibly busy schedule between now and Christmas. There are clubs across the continent that will be scratching and clawing to try and qualify for the knockout stage of this great competition and they’ll be doing so in a pretty short period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the impending clash between Antwerp and Tottenham Hotspur.

Antwerp

After 10 games, Antwerp currently reside at the top of Belgium’s top flight with just two losses to their name – and when you add that on to their winning start in the Europa League, you’ve got a club that is going to be brimming with confidence. They’ve been able to build a strong playing style that will set them up well against some of the bigger sides they’ll come up against in this competition, and the first big test of that will come when they host Tottenham tomorrow night.

Team News

There are a handful of injury problems for Antwerp to concern themselves with as Matheus, Buta, Coopman and de Sart have all been ruled out of this game.

Tottenham

When you consider the fact that Tottenham were playing in the UEFA Champions League final last year, it makes sense that some of their fans are disappointed to be playing in the Europa this season. Still, if they’re going to get back to the top table, they need to put in the work – and winning the Europa League could be the perfect way to cap their resurgence. In order to do so, however, they must first find the sort of cohesion that’s been lacking in recent months.

Team News

Rodon is ineligible to play here whereas Tanganga has been ruled out through injury. The other two concerns right now for Spurs are Aurier and Bergwijn, but either way, the expectation is that there will be some degree of rotation in Belgium.

Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham beat LASK 3-0 in their Group J opener whereas Antwerp beat Ludogorets 2-1.
  • Antwerp have won five and drawn one of their last six games.
  • Tottenham have won four and drawn two of their last six games.
  • Antwerp have scored 17 goals and conceded eight in their last six games.
  • Tottenham have scored 21 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.

Conclusion

With 38 goals between them across their last six games each, it’s safe to say fans are expecting big things from Antwerp and Tottenham. Alas, while the Belgian side may be able to put up a fight, it does feel as if the pieces are starting to fall into place for Spurs under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. This probably isn’t going to be some blow-out game and we’re expecting Tottenham to struggle at times, but in the end, they’ll edge out the win and secure all three points.

Prediction: Tottenham win

Best Odds: 13/25

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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