Ludogorets v Tottenham
Thursday 05 November, 17:55
Live on BT Sport 2
Ludogorets struggling to replicate home dominance
In the final decade, Ludogorets have utterly dominated Bulgarian soccer. They received their first league title in 2012 and have received eight titles since. However, they have not been in a position to translate that success into optimistic leads to continental competitors.
Ludogorets acquired so far as the final 16 in 2014, and so they have reached the final 32 on three different events, however they’re struggling this time period. They misplaced 2-1 at dwelling to Antwerp and have been overwhelmed 4-3 at LASK in a loopy sport. The Bulgarians have been 4-1 down, however got here roaring again, solely to fall simply brief. Elvis Manu’s hat-trick was finally in useless.
The Huvepharma Arena is hardly a fortress. Ludogorets have misplaced three of their final 4 UEL dwelling matches, and within the Champions League qualifiers this season they misplaced 1-0 at dwelling to Midtjylland.
Stung Spurs eager to make amends
Tottenham’s show of their 1-0 defeat at Antwerp was a actual shock to the system. It might have been a heavier defeat, because the Belgian aspect shone. Spurs did not benefit from the large-open areas within the first half, and after the hosts shut up store, they lacked the guile to open the sport up. While Jose Mourinho’s “sad man on a bus” image precipitated a lot of mirth on social media, his irritation on the show was real.
Spurs have since bounced again within the Premier League, beating Brighton 2-1 in an entertaining sport. Gareth Bale was saved on the fringes by Antwerp, however he nodded within the winner towards the Seagulls, and that would show to be an vital second in his and Tottenham’s season.
Mourinho will need a vastly improved show, however he’s nonetheless possible to area a crew shorn of stars like Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, with a Sunday lunchtime journey to West Brom uppermost in his thoughts. Expect gamers like Dele Alli and Carlos Vinicius to get one other probability to impress.
Spurs to get the win they want
Tottenham have been surprisingly poor in Antwerp, however I do not count on a repeat right here. Ludogorets are used to profitable in Bulgaria, however their dwelling type in Europe is not precisely intimidating, and so they have misplaced each of their UEL video games.
I feel Mourinho could have his gamers fired up right here, and I’d advocate backing them -1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 2.0421/20.
Goals possible as Spurs chase win
Tottenham’s video games is that this competitors have typically been fairly entertaining, and even of their 1-0 loss in Belgium there ought to have been extra objectives (Dieumerci Mbokani missed from a yard out). Four of Spurs’ 5 UEL video games have featured greater than three objectives, so I can see why Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 1/2 on the Sportsbook. You might double up a Spurs win and Over 2.5 Goals at 1.814/5 on the Same Game Multi.
Bale to strike once more?
It’d be a shock not to see Gareth Bale begin once more right here, and he’s 5/4 to find the net, whereas the busy Carlos Vinicius is 5/6 to rating. If Bale begins, again him at 5/4.
For Ludogorets, the in-type Elvis Manu in 4/1 to rating at any time.