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UEL: Antwerp vs Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur resumed their Europa League campaign on Thursday night with a match against Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Both teams started life in Group J by scoring maximum points, beating LASK Linz and Ludogorets Razgrad.

Leko is unlikely to make major changes to the roster that overtook Beerschot over the weekend. Former Manchester United and Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet should be on the three-man plan, while Aurelio Buta could play at full-back. Antwerp has had a similar streak, scoring 6 wins and one draw from their last 7 matches. While coach Ivan Leko's students all scored at least two goals in each encounter, they were unable to keep a clean sheet in all cases. That hasn't stopped Antwerp from sitting at the top of the domestic standings, but conceding 14 goals in 10 league games will only give Spurs an incentive to strike on Thursday night. Remarkable. 

Bale and Vinicius will almost certainly start in attack for Spurs, most likely with the participation of Erik Lamela. Among the players who started the match against Burnley on Monday night, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko may be the only players to keep their place on the team. Although Dele Alli is not part of the 18-man squad at Turf Moor, the England international is still qualified to be among the replacements. Needing to win three qualifying matches to reach the group stage, Spurs have had a busy start to their first season under Jose Mourinho. However, that hasn't stopped the Portuguese coach from offering a strong starting lineup in this tournament, with the arrival of Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius recently. Although they are still waiting for regular Premier League opportunities, The pair made an impact in their first game against LASK Linz last Thursday, highlighting the depth of strength that Mourinho currently has with the North London side. Mourinho will want Spurs to extend his unbeaten record in all competitions to 11 matches. 




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