Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Prediction: Tottenham vs Ludogorets

Verdict: Tottenham win by 3+ goals

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to build off of their stunning victory over the weekend, Tottenham will turn their attention back to Europa League duties when they host Ludogorets on Thursday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, putting on what was a Jose Mourinho masterclass over the weekend, Tottenham managed to pick up a 2-0 victory against Manchester City in North London and the mood in their camp should be at a real high. Managing to find a route to the top of the Premier League table and many now billing them as a genuine title challenger, the former Chelsea boss finds his side enjoying a four-match winning run across all competitions. Really bouncing back from their shock 1-0 defeat away at Antwerp while on European duties last month, Spurs still find their goal difference keeping them at the top of Group J. Knowing that three points on Thursday will almost put on foot in the knockout stage, it should be noted that the Lilywhites have lost just one of their previous 15 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to a 1-0 loss against Everton on the opening weekend.

Team News

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is out of the Europa League meeting with Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Defender Matt Doherty is back in training after missing the last match due to a positive COVID-19 test, but attacking midfielder Erik Lamela will sit out at least the next two games with an Achilles’ problem.

Ludogorets

As for the visitors, while Ludogorets might have managed to land what was a routine 3-0 romp against CSKA Sofia on domestic duties last time out, the Bulgarian champions are in the midst of a real European headache. Despite appearing to cruise towards yet First Division crown, Stanislav Genchev’s men have lost each of their three Group J matchups so far this year and they’re in pole position to lift the wooden spoon. With a real reputation for their glaring issues at the back in this year’s tournament, the Eagles were last seen earlier in the month when getting hit with a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Spurs on home soil. Facing what is an unenviable trip to North London in midweek, it should also be noted that Ludogorets have already shipped nine Europa League strikes.

Team News

Ludogorets, who are bottom, will be without injured forwards Higinio and Wanderson.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off out in Bulgaria earlier in the month, Tottenham picked up a 3-1 victory.
  • Including a 2-0 victory against Manchester City over the weekend, Spurs have lost just one of their last 15 matchups across all formats.
  • Ludogorets have lost each of their three Europa League contests so far this year, shipping nine goals.
  • In fact, continuing on from last season, the Bulgarian champions have managed to win just one of their last 10 Europa League appearances.
  • Tottenham have scored at least a pair of goals in each of their last five home fixtures on the bounce.

Conclusion

Likely to still be boosted by what was that eye-catching 2-0 victory against Manchester City over the weekend, Tottenham will be desperate to keep up that momentum on Thursday night. Managing to find a route to the top of the Premier League table and losing just one of their last 15 matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to the opening weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side will know that three points in midweek will be a huge step to them booking their spot in the knockout stage. Picking up a 3-1 win when they made the trip out to Bulgaria earlier in the month, we’re backing a similar home victory for Spurs in midweek.

Verdict: Tottenham win by 3+ goals

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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