Kick-off: 1700, 17/09/2020
Stadium: Lokomotiv Stadium
TV: Premier Sports
Talk of Gareth Bale returning to the club is dominating the headlines for Tottenham but they also have a Europa League match in Bulgaria to focus on.
It is little more than 15 months since Spurs were appearing in the Champions League final yet they now find themselves having to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.
We’re expecting a routine victory for Jose Mourinho’s men and an away win to nil at 11/10 is our opening Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Lokomotiv Plovdiv’s Betting Odds
Lokomotiv won a second successive Bulgarian Cup final in July when they held their nerve to beat CSKA Sofia on penalties after a drab goalless stalemate.
The match was more noteworthy for events in the stands where thousands of fans flouted the social distancing guidelines which had been put in place so the match could go ahead.
They featured in the Europa League last season but were knocked out in the third qualifying round after a 2-0 aggregate defeat against Strasbourg.
Their only previous meeting with an English team was in the UEFA Cup in 2005 when they lost both legs 2-1 against Bolton.
Lokomotiv won their first three league games this season but their unbeaten start ended with a 3-1 win at leaders Ludogorets on Saturday, while they beat Iskra of Montenegro 1-0 in the previous round.
Their squad looks short of quality compared to Spurs and we like the look of 27/20 for the visitors to win both halves in the Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Tottenham odds.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Spurs suffered a poor start to the season when they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Everton at the weekend.
It was an afternoon to forget for the Londoners, who were well below par and will struggle to take any positives out of the game.
That result could mean Mourinho uses this game to try and build confidence and Tottenham trained with a full squad before flying out to Bulgaria.
Giovani Lo Celso trained after he missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura were all present, although Tanguy Ndombele is not fit enough to start.
Assuming Mourinho names a strong line-up, we’re going for a 4-0 Spurs win at 21/2 as our final Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Tottenham prediction.
Ludogorets 3-1 LOKOMOTIV PLOVDIV – Birsent Karagaren
TOTTENHAM 0-1 Everton