Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp: Spurs to take top spot

Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp: Spurs to take top spot

Kick-off: 2000, 10/12/2020

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Tottenham have already qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League but top spot in Group J is up for grabs when they host Royal Antwerp.

The Belgian side have a two-point advantage heading into the final match so only a win for Spurs will ensure they avoid the teams which will drop into the competition from the Champions League.

That should focus their minds so a home win and over 2.5 goals at 4/5 is our opening Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp prediction.

A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds

Tottenham are top of the Premier League but have struggled to replicate their domestic form in Europe this season.

A point was all Spurs needed against LASK last week to seal their qualification into the last 32 and while goals from Gareth Bale, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli secured progress with a game to spare, the visitors were not at their best in Austria.

LASK dominated the first half and caused problems throughout, with the away side’s back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart at fault for two of the goals.

Asked what he learnt at the Linzer Stadion, Jose Mourinho said: “Nothing new really. The fact that the Europa League group phase doesn’t motivate some of the players, I knew it.

“That some players are fundamental for us and I always need on the pitch in any circumstance, a couple of these players to give a little bit of balance to the team.

“As an example, (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg and Sonny, without them I don’t think we would have a positive result. Nothing really that I learn. The players know and I share my feelings with them, I am normally right.”

Tottenham’s Europa League games have produced plenty of entertainment at least. There have been exactly two goals in the first half in four of their five matches, which can be backed at 5/2 in the Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp odds.

A Look At Royal Antwerp’s Betting Odds

Antwerp have won four of their five games including a surprise 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in October.

Lior Refaelov’s 29th-minute strike proved decisive on that occasion and even Mourinho’s four half-time substitutions could not spark a response from his team.

Antwerp were top of the league in Belgium at the time but their form has dipped since then, winning just one of their last five domestic matches to slip to fourth in the table.

All four of their defeats this season have come on their travels, conceding 14 goals in eight games, so they look ill-equipped to sit back and try and hold out for 90 minutes.

Spurs should have the quality to make amends for their poor showing in Belgium and a 3-1 home win at 19/2 gets the nod as our final Tottenham vs Royal Antwerp prediction.

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