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Tottenham still have work to do in Group J with LASK just three points adrift in third, but they won’t lack for confidence after a hugely satisfying week.
Man City and Ludogorets were taken down by a combed 6-0 on home turf, while they registered their fourth clean sheet on the bounce in their top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge at the weekend to retain pole position.
Jose Mourinho’s men are now W12-D4-L1 in all competitions since an opening day defeat to an in-form Everton.
Goals have been easy to come by and although Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will get the night off, neither came off the bench against Ludogorets and only the Korean was utilized as a substitute in the reverse of this fixture.
Admittedly, he did find the net, but that was just adding gloss to the comfortable 2-0 lead established inside the opening half hour.
Tottenham To Win
Tottenham have also sorted out their away form this season and aside from a surprise 1-0 defeat at Antwerp, they’ve won seven of eight unbeaten trips.
They scored at least three times on four occasions, most notably putting six past Man Utd, and with sky-high confidence we’d expect more of the same.
LASK also encountered English opposition in last season’s Europa League, but were soundly beaten by Man Utd in the knockouts.
The went down 5-0 at home in the first leg before a 2-1 defeat in a dead rubber at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielding second-string sides in both legs.
Mourinho will undoubtedly make numerous changes and trust in his reserves here, just as he’s largely done in previous matches so far.
That’s especially the case with a North London Derby to come at the weekend, while beyond that they still have to face the likes of Liverpool and Leicester this side of Christmas.
However, the squad runs a bit deeper these days and although we’d be put off backing them to win by great margins, they should get the job done.
It also helps them that LASK have a few absentees of their own, most notably joint-top scorer Marko Raguz and centre-back Petar Filipovic.
Lucas Moura To Score Anytime
Lucas Moura has scored in three of their four group stage matches so far, as well as adding one against Maccabi Haifa in the qualifiers, and with limited game time against Man City and Chelsea can expect an opportunity to impress.
He’s delivered on the continent for Spurs before and in fact, seven of his 10 goals in Europe since 2018-19 have come away from home.