Wolfsberger AC VS Tottenham Hotspur, away wins

Match Time:2/19/2021 01:55 Friday  (GMT+8)

UEFA Europa League --  Wolfsberger AC   VS   Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League campaign resumes on Thursday evening with the first leg of their last-32 tie against Austrian Bundesliga side Wolfsberger.

The match will be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest due to coronavirus restrictions, while the second leg is still due to go ahead in North London next week.

 

Match preview

Jose Mourinho will be after a response from his Tottenham players on the back of their latest setback in the form of a 3-0 loss against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Lilywhites were deservedly beaten by the in-form Premier League leaders and are now six points adrift of the top four in what is turning out to be a disappointing campaign.

However, Spurs have an EFL Cup final showdown with Manchester City to look forward to in April and are also among the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League.

Mourinho's men finished top of Group J with 13 points from a possible 18 and now have a favourable last-32 tie against a side positioned sixth in the Austrian top flight.

Wolfsberger were runners-up in Group K, finishing above CSKA Moscow and Feyenoord to reach the knockout stages of a major European competition for the first time ever.

That is in stark contrast to Tottenham, who are competing in the Europa League knockout stages for a 10th time alone.

Interestingly, however, Spurs have failed to win the first leg in each of their last seven knockout matches in the competition since beating Inter Milan 3-0 in 2013.

Without any sort of home advantage, Ferdinand Feldhofer will know that his side have a huge task on their hands to take an advantage into the reverse fixture.

Wolfsberger have lost two of their last five matches in all competitions, with both of those defeats coming in the league, though they did see off Admira 2-1 at the weekend.

Still, that is better form than Tottenham have been in over the past month, having lost five of their last six matches. Another defeat here and the pressure will mount on Mourinho.

 

Wolfsberger Europa League form: DWLLWW

Wolfsberger form (all competitions): DLWWLW

Tottenham Hotspur Europa League form: WLWWDW

Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): LLLWLL

 

Team News

Giovani Lo Celso is still missing for Tottenham with a hamstring injury, while full-backs Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon are doubtful.

Joe Rodon will also definitely play no part as he was not registered in Tottenham's Europa League squad.

This game has taken on added importance for Spurs following their latest defeat at the weekend, but Mourinho is still likely to use a number of his fringe players.

That will likely mean starts for Carlos Vinicius, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli, the latter of whom has not started a game since January 10.

As for the home side, Mario Leitgeb and Eliel Peretz are their only two known injury absentees for Thursday's clash in Budapest.

Feldhofer is expected to stick with the same 4-1-3-2 system used in the group phase, with Dejan Joveljic and Dario Vizinger leading the attack.

 

Wolfsberger possible starting lineup:

Kofler; Novak, Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Scherzer; Stratnig; Taferner, Liendl, Sprangler; Vizinger, Joveljic

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:

Hart; Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Bale, Alli, Lucas; Vinicius

 

Wolfsberger 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Wolfsberger AC VS Tottenham Hotspur, away wins

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