Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Wolfsberger and Tottenham Hotspur, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Tottenham Hotspurin Europa League The campaign resumes on Thursday night with the first leg of the round of 16 against the Austrian Bundesliga Wolfsberger.
The match will be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest due to coronavirus restrictions, while the second leg is yet to take place in North London next week.
Jose Mourinho it will be after a response from his Tottenham players after his last setback in the form of a 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.
The Lilywhites were deservedly defeated by Premier League leaders in good form and are now six points behind the top four in what is proving to be a disappointing campaign.
However, Spurs have a final EFL Cup clash with Manchester City in April and are also among the favorites to reach the Europa League.
Mourinho’s men ended up leading Group J with 13 points out of 18 possible and now have a favorable draw in the last 32 against a team placed sixth in the Austrian first division.
Wolfsberger were runners-up in Group K, finishing ahead of CSKA Moscow and Feyenoord to reach the knockout stages of a major European competition for the first time.
This is in stark contrast to Tottenham, who are competing in the Europa League qualifiers for the tenth time alone.
Interestingly, however, Spurs have failed to win the first leg in each of the last seven qualifying matches in the competition since defeating Inter Milan 3-0 in 2013.
Without any kind of advantage at home, Ferdinand Feldhofer you will know that your team has a huge task at hand to take advantage of the reverse game.
Wolfsberger have lost two of their last five games in all competitions, both defeats taking place in the league, although they saw Admira 2-1 at the weekend.
Still, this is the best form of what Tottenham was in last month, after losing five of the last six matches. Another defeat here and the pressure will increase on Mourinho.
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Giovani Lo Celso remains absent for Tottenham due to a tendon injury, while the full-backs Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon are doubtful.
Joe Rodon also definitely will not participate, since he was not registered with Tottenham’s Europa League team.
This game took on added importance for Spurs after their last defeat at the weekend, but Mourinho is still likely to use some of his marginal players.
This will likely mean a start for Carlos Vinicius, Gareth Bale, Lucas moura and Dele Alli, the last of which has not started a game since 10 January.
As for the side of the house, Mario Leitgeb and Eliel Peretz are the only two absent due to injury in Thursday’s clash in Budapest.
Feldhofer is expected to maintain the same 4-1-3-2 system used in the group stage, with Dejan Joveljic and Dario Vizinger leading the attack.
Possible Wolfsberger initial lineup:
Kofler; Novak, Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Scherzer; Stratnig; Taferner, Liendl, Sprangler; Vizinger, Joveljic
Possible starting lineup for Tottenham Hotspur:
Hart; Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Bale, Alli, Lucas; Vinicius
Probability: Wolfsberger 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Even taking into account Tottenham’s poor form and the changes Mourinho is likely to make, the Premier League team is still the big favorite to advance in this round of 16 tie.
Mourinho has won each of the last 12 qualifiers in the UEFA Cup / Europa League and has not lost a game to be eliminated in the competition since 2002, a streak we hope to continue on Thursday.
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