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Tottenham Hotspur are back in Europa League action tonight as they head to Austria knowing that anything but a loss will lead them to the knockout stages.
José Mourinho’s men are currently second in Group J by three points, so a win against LASK Linz in third place tonight will see them pass.
What is your prediction for tonight’s match?
Last time around, Spurs drew 0-0 with local rivals Chelsea and beat Ludogorets 4-0, meaning they are now unbeaten in six games and have only lost once in 17 games in all competitions.
The ‘Special One’ is left with some injury issues to deal with, so what kind of team will we see in the lineup at Stadion der Stadt Linz? This is what we are predicting …
Mourinho is short for forwards for the trip to Austria, in fact Harry Kane and Carlos Vinicius are not expected to appear while Heung-min Son could rest.
The Spurs are also without Toby Alderweireld through injury, while Sergio Reguilon could also be absent with a problem. Joe Rodon is not eligible for selection in this competition.
It means that we can see a defense with a lot of withdrawals.
Come in comes £ 45 million central defender Davinson Sánchez, who has not participated in any of his last five Premier League matches, to accompany Japhet Tanganga, as did the couple against Ludogorets.
While Matt Doherty replaces Serge Aurier on the right with Ben Davies the natural alternative to the marauding Spaniard.
It may also be Moussa Sissoko’s turn to start midweek after Tanguy Ndombele’s presence against the Bulgarians and Chelsea, and he could sit alongside Harry Winks at the base of a three-man midfield.
#thfc Mourinho says that Lamela, Kane, Vinicius and Reguilon are injured. “All injured. Lamela is an injury of 3 weeks, a month. I do not think he has chances for the weekend. Harry, Vinicius and Sergio are possibilities for the weekend.
– Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 2, 2020
We got to see Dele Alli play a role once again, slightly ahead of his English compatriot with Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura taking the places on the flank.
Giovani Lo Celso will have to settle for a position among the substitutes.
With the lack of strikers, Mourinho could turn to Gareth Bale for the No. 9 role, especially since he was not involved at Stamford Bridge, so he should be in a position to play most of this encounter.
There’s likely another spot on the bench for 16-year-old record breaker Dane Scarlett, while Harvey White, Dennis Cirkin and Jack Clarke will be eager for minutes in the second half.
And in other news, the £ 63.5 million rated Spurs star that ‘everyone loves’ has been Mourinho’s forgotten hero.