Spurs need a win on Thursday night to climb up to the top of the group, and this is our Tottenham Hotspur vs Antwerp Preview for this Europa League duel.
Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form & Team News
Tottenham must win to overtake Antwerp and finish as winners of UEFA Europa League Group J, but they are guaranteed to progress no matter what unfolds. The Lilywhites’ 1-0 loss in the reverse fixture marked their sole defeat across nine UEL fixtures (including qualifiers) dating back to February 2017 (W6, D2, L1). The last five wins saw them beat the -1 handicap.
Ahead of kick-off, Spurs’ UEL group stage home record is: W14, D2, L1. Nine (64.29%) of those 14 UEL group stage home victories saw both teams score and combine for over 2.5 match goals. Spurs have also won 11 (D1) of their last 12 European group stage home matches played against teams not from a top-five domestic European league.
Player to watch: Lucas Moura has scored once in each of Tottenham’s last four group stage victories, netting three of those goals before HT.
Jose Mourinho will be without Serge Aurier (knock), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (rest), and Erik Lamela (calf).
Antwerp Recent Form & Team News
Needing only a draw to finish top of Group J, Antwerp (with 12 points) have already exceeded the average tallied by clubs from Belgium across the previous five UEL campaigns (8.67 points). Including qualifiers, Antwerp have lost just one of their four prior UEL away matches (W2, D1, L1), though they last won away vs. opponents from a top-five European league in October 1975!
All of the action has typically come after the break on Antwerp’s travels in this competition, with an average of 1.75 total second-half goals – versus just 0.25 in the first half – across their four prior UEL away fixtures (if excluding extra-time). Furthermore, two of the three games won/drawn saw a second-half dismissal either way.
Hot stat: Three of Antwerp’s last four UEL victories have seen them score exactly two second-half goals.
Ivan Leko cannot count on Sander Coopman (knee), Nill De Pauw, Alexis De Sart, Bruny Nsimba (muscle), and Junior Pius.
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