Spurs’ European adventure far from over
Tottenham Hotspur can bounce back from their recent Europa League disappointments on Thursday
November 4th, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur opened their Europa League campaign in excellent fashion with a win over Qarabag, however they have since stumbled with a draw against Monaco and defeat to Anderlecht. Clearly their push for a knockout place has been dented severely, although there is still much to play for an a win over Anderlecht on Thursday evening could lift Pochettino’s side back into the mix.
Spurs took a lead in their last European outing in Belgium thanks to a Christian Eriksen goal after just four minutes, however Anderlecht stormed back with strikes from Guillame Gillet and Stefano Okaka. The Spurs manager was understandably less than impressed with his team’s ‘lack of focus’, saying:
“I’m very disappointed. With the way we lost focus in the game you always pay because it changes the dynamic of the match. We need to learn about that. We are very upset about the result and very disappointed but we need to take the positive things, we need to learn to kill the games off and play at 200 per cent every game. When you lose your focus you will pay on the pitch.”
Pochettino made changes to his starting line-up in that match with Dele Alli and Harry Kane dropped, however both made appearances after the break as the manager attempted to give the side a boost and they will be starting Thursday’s return match with the home side desperate to grab the three points.
Kane will be expected to play a pivotal role in a Spurs win, given that he appears to have rediscovered his goal-scoring form. Following an excellent record last season, the current campaign has been somewhat disappointing for him with just one goal from his first nine games. He will nevertheless head into this clash with renewed confidence following his hat-trick against Bournemouth and goal against Villa, therefore we’ll be backing him at 6/5 with Bet365 to score at some point on Thursday evening.
Perhaps the stand-out bet is a Spurs win with both teams scoring at 11/4 with Bet365. Pochettino’s men have been prolific scorers of late and they should get the goals needed for the three points at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening. Nevertheless, we expect the visitors to also get onto the scoresheet, given that the Spurs defence aren’t enjoying many clean sheets this season with just two in their last ten outings.
BETTING TIP – Spurs win, both teams to score – Bet365 11/4