Spurs will confirm their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a draw tonight in Austria before a possible showdown with Royal Antwerp next week to secure top spot in Group J.
Harry Kane and Carlos Vinicius are both injured, along with Sergio Reguilon and Erik Lamela, so Jose Mourinho is light up front. Heung-min Son is not expected to be risked with Arsenal to come on Sunday, so Lucas Moura could get the nod between Dele Alli and Gareth Bale.
Royal Antwerp host the group’s whipping boys Ludogorets at the same time, meaning the lay of the land ahead of the final gameweek will be clear at full-time.
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I told you they’d started well and they’re almost ahead as Eggestein curls from range and beats Joe Hart but find the woodwork.
4 mins: The hosts have actually started pretty well here, moving the ball with a bit of intent inside the Spurs half. Jose Mourinho will be desperate for his side to avoid being caught cold, as they were on their last away trip in Europe, to Antwerp.
Five minutes to go. It looks very, very cold…
You get the sense that Gareth Bale is still finding his feet back at Spurs, which is a scary thought, really, when you think of how well they’re doing without him firing.
Ahead of the busy Christmas period, though, Mr. Mourinho will no doubt be looking for the Welshman to step up his contributions.
So, as we expected a pretty strong team names by Jose Mourinho tonight, albeit with several key protagonists not in action ahead of the north London derby.
Tottenham team news
Tottenham XI: Hart; Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele; Son, Moura, Bale
Subs: Austin, Whiteman, Winks, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Bergwijn, Aurier, Clarke, White, Scarlett
LASK team news
LASK XI: Schlager, Wiesinger, Holland, Andrade, Ranftl, Madsen, Michorl, Renner, Gruber, Eggestien, Goiginger
Subs: Gebauer, Karamoko, Reiter, Ramsebner, Potzmann, Plojer, Cheberko, Haudum
Lay of the land
A draw is enough for Spurs to qualify for the last-32 stage in February as it would give a superior head-to-head record over tonight’s opponents.
A win and a shock win for Ludogorets over Royal Antwerp at the same time would leave Spurs just needing to avoid defeat against the Belgian outfit in matchday six, otherwise it’s win or bust for top spot next week.
We’ve opted for a 2-0 win for Spurs.
Jose Mourinho will rotate his squad, but Spurs coasted to a 3-0 win with a changed line-up last time they faced LASK and it should be another victory this time around. Simple.