Tottenham face a lengthy mid-week outing to Bulgaria on Thursday night time the place they’re going to attain up towards Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the one-leg Europa League second qualifying spherical.
Jose Mourinho’s men were thrust into early motion on the continent due to their sixth-placed Premier League have in 2019/20, forcing them actual into a packed early season agenda.
Spurs received criticism from many following their lacklustre existing on the weekend, but the initiating of the contemporary European marketing campaign provides them a gamble to build in a more hopeful performance for the season forward.
When Is Kick Off? Thursday 17 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 17: 00 (BST)
The place Is it Played? Lokomotiv Stadium
TV Channel/Are residing Trip? Premier Sports actions 2
Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso neglected out on the Everton match after he failed a gradual fitness take a look at (thigh injury) and he remains a doubt for this one.
Japhet Tanganga is the handiest assured absentee from Mourinho’s squad, having picked up a thigh injury, but the Portuguese boss would be tempted to leisure key gamers similar to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Spurs face a tricky take a look at away at Southampton honest three days after their outing east, which might possibly perchance perchance permit for some fringe gamers to invent up their game time.
One of different folks who will possible be hopeful of taking advantage of the busy agenda is goalkeeper Joe Hart. The 33-365 days-customary frail England world joined the north London side on a free transfer in the summertime and can also very effectively be having a gaze to have his aggressive debut.
Lokomotiv Plovdiv: Almeida; Vitanov, Salinas, Pugliese, Tsvetanov; Iliev, Karagaren, Ilic, Petrovic; Masoero, Lukov
Tottenham: Hart; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Sessegnon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko; Moura, Bergwijn, Lamela
Plovdiv are already five video games into their home league marketing campaign and are for the time being sitting in fifth after picking up nine aspects from a that it is possible you’ll perchance perchance perchance possibly also factor in 15. They misplaced 3-1 away at early straggle-setters Ludogorets on the weekend but they’ve a 100% fable at home to this level in the original marketing campaign, with two wins from two.
Tottenham grasp far fewer minutes beneath their belt, with Sunday’s uninspiring loss on the hands of Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees their handiest aggressive fixture of 2020/21 to this level. Summer season signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg persevered a sophisticated debut on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and can also very effectively be aiming to build in a more assured existing in what would be his first appearance in a European competitors.
Right here is how both teams grasp fared of their closing five matches.
Whereas this is early away outing to Bulgaria is ready as unwelcome because it will get, it does supply Spurs a gamble to neglect all about Everton and take a look at out some of their fringe stars.
The likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn (and more) all grasp aspects to point out to Mourinho and this might possibly be the correct setting to birth out doing so.
Plovdiv, even supposing a solid outfit on home soil, grasp by no come made it previous the qualifying rounds of the Europa League – falling to Strasbourg closing 365 days.
Prediction: Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0-2 Tottenham