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The mood has changed for Tottenham as their attack has found its groove and they’ve now struck four times in three of their last four appearances, all of which they won.
It wasn’t long ago that their top-four hopes appeared all but dead, but Liverpool’s continued implosion and some good results have propelled them back into contention.
With a North London derby up next after this fixture, Jose Mourinho will no doubt ring the changes here in order to rest the likes of Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, though he’ll have a strong bench to call upon just in case things don’t go to plan.
Still, Mourinho has taken this tournament seriously in the past and has actually won the Europa League on both occasions when participating (Porto in 2002/03 and Man Utd in 2016/17).
He also has a near fully fit squad to draw upon. Joe Rodon wasn’t registered in their Europa League squad, but Giovani Lo Celso is the only confirmed absentee through injury, while Serge Aurier is unlikely to be risked having picked up a knock.
Carlos Vinicius To Score Anytime
In the opposite dugout, Zoran Mamic is only without Iranian defender Sadegh Moharrami, so the team news shouldn’t play a vital role here.
However, with Tottenham set to shuffle their forward line in particular, Carlos Vinicius looks certain to start here and has produced the goods in this tournament.
The 25-year-old is yet to score in the league, albeit from limited opportunities, but he has six goals from his last four appearances in this tournament as he scored at least once in each.
Tottenham To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
Dinamo Zagreb are currently enjoying an eight-game winning streak, though aside from a pair of encounters with their Last 32 opponents Krasnodar, these have all been domestic encounters with teams they’d largely be expected to overcome. Still, with seven clean sheets over this period, they have solid foundations to work with.
The Croatian outfit have also registered six clean sheets from eight appearances in the Europa League this season from the group stage onwards.
However, Tottenham are a step up on the opposition they’ve faced so far, having only encountered Feyenoord, Wolfsberger, CSKA Moscow and Krasnodar.
They failed to register a clean sheet in the qualifiers versus CFR Cluj, Ferencvaros and Flora Tallinn, while they conceded at least twice in five of six Champions League group stage matches last term when taking on Man City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta.
Zagreb have lost nine of their last 10 against English opposition, a record stretching back to 1999, as nine of these games also saw at least three goals.
The home win and over 2.5 goals appears a likely outcome here, with that bet landing in eight of Tottenham’s 11 appearances in Europe this term.