Tottenham Hotspur vs Anderlecht 11/05/2015 UEFA Europa League Preview & Predictions
Anderlecht vs Tottenham Hotspur
Thursday 5th November 2015 15:05(ET)
The Line: Tottenham Hotspur 3/4 Draw 3/1 Anderlecht 4/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport; Fox Sport
Tottenham come into this game needing a win to take control of their own destiny in this Europa League group, having taken the lead in Belgium in the last round of fixtures Tottenham then were terrible for the last seventy minutes and Anderlecht deservedly won the game. Tottenham though have come to life in the last few weeks winning their last two scoring eight goals and conceding two. Christian Erikson, Harry Kane, Dembele, Lamela and Alli have been in fine form of late and while Kane may be rested for this thursday fixture I think Pochettino will start most of his first team to try to get a win here and qualify for the knockout stages. Tottenham should be looking at the Europa League as a realistic chance of getting into the Champions League as the winners take a place in the competition. Tottenham have a solid team and they will look to get at Anderlecht through their strong running midfield.
Anderlecht were excellent in the second half against Tottenham in the game two weeks ago and with Okaka , Defour and Ezekiel up front this is a team that can cause problems for Tottenham. Okaka in particular was excellent in the first game, created lots of problems at the back for Tottenham and scored the winner with twenty to go. If Anderlecht are to get anything from this game Defour and Okaka will be central to their hopes. This is a good anderlecht team sitting second in the Belgian Premier League and have only lost two of their twenty competitive games this season.
I'm going to take both teams to score here as I think both teams have plenty of attacking talent but are definitely deficient defensively. This should be an entertaining game though and if Pochettino starts Kane I would be interested to see if he can carry his recent goal scoring form into Europe.