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It was the second debut for Spurs that Gareth Bale hadn’t been hoping for last time out. Indeed, his introduction at 3-0 up in the 72nd minute should have been the ideal return for the Welsh international, but a header from Fabian Balbuena and an own goal by Davinson Sanchez within 13 minutes changed that.
He did create a nice opportunity for himself following that to settle the encounter, but with his shot whistling past the right post, up stepped Manuel Lanzini for West Ham in the 94th minute to score a spectacular strike into the top corner to level the scores.
That result is certainly a fall from grace having thrashed Man Utd 6-1 prior to the international break at Old Trafford.
Nonetheless, only current Premier League leaders Everton have beaten then this term, coming on the opening weekend, as they’ve won five of their eight unbeaten outings since, knocking Chelsea out on penalties in the League Cup, and a few lapses in concentration at the back isn’t going to take away the attacking masterclass the likes of Harry Kane and Song Heung-min put on.
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LASK currently sit in fifth place in the Austrian Bundesliga having gone W2-D1-L1 from their opening four matches.
However, that sole defeat did come against Rapid Wien, who are one of the better sides in their domestic league along with Salzburg, and against those two sides the visitors haven’t had much success down the years.
Indeed, they’ve lost all their six such matches across all competitions dating back to March, conceding exactly three times and losing by at least two goals in each of the last four.
Interestingly, they also faced English club Man Utd over that period, with the Red Devils hammering them 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16 of this tournament last year, and given the form of the Lilywhites have shown going forward, we’d be surprised if they didn’t put a few past them too.
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Furthermore, both weaker sides Spurs faced in the Champions League at home last season in Red Star Belgrade and Olympiakos, saw them win 5-0 and 4-2 respectively.
It was Harry Kane that scored four of those goals, while he’s been at it again in Europe this year already in the qualifying rounds, netting in all three games with a total output of five goals. That means he’s scoring on average a goal every 65.9 minutes across all competitions this term, which reduces to just 39 in Europe alone.
In fact, it’s hardly just the fact that these easier sides have helped his output, as he averaged a goal every 75 minutes on their run to the last 16 of the Champions League last term, and with seven goals from his last three outings heading into this one, his price looks far too big for us.