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Unlike their English counterparts, Tottenham Hotspur are yet to ensure a place in the Europa League knockouts and would require a result on Thursday night against LASK. The Austrian side suffered a 3-0 defeat in North London but are upbeat and motivated ahead of hosting Jose Mourinho’s men at Linzer Stadion.

Spurs are currently leading the Premier League race but, at the same time, suffered a shocking defeat in Europe against Belgian minnows Royal Antwerp. Mourinho, however, has rotated his options to avoid injury woes amid fixture congestion and is likely to field a new set of names resting the ones who locked horns with Chelsea last weekend at Stamford Bridge. Their squad depth is immense across the pitch and the same would boost the gaffer to hand some breathing space to his key personnel ahead of Sunday’s North London derby.

4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup To Face LASK


Although Hugo Lloris is still the Lilywhites’ ‘number 1’ keeper, the Portuguese has handed Joe Hart a rare run of games in Europe. The former Manchester City custodian is likely to be recalled into action with Alfie Whiteman (who was brought in against Ludogorets with 10 minutes remaining) deputizing him among the substitutes.

The entire ‘back four’ is likely to be replaced with summer signing Matt Doherty and Welshman Ben Davies getting the nod down the wide ahead of Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilón respectively. Joe Rodon had a towering presence against the Blues but might make way for Davinson Sanchez and pair up with academy starlet Japhet Tanganga in order to rest the tired legs of Eric Dier in the heart of the backline.

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating goal against Ludogorets
Carlos Vinícius of Tottenham Hotspur(2R) celebrates after scoring their sides second goal with Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur(3R) during the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match between Tottenham Hotspur and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 26, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


Mourinho is blessed to have enough depth in the middle of the park and should opt for Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso as the double pivot to orchestrate the show from behind. Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg remain favourites to feature against the Gunners.

Tottenham have plenty of wide attacking options in their ranks and we might see Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura occupying the flanks versus LASK. Still struggling to regain his past glory, Dele Ali deserves another opportunity from his preferred attacking midfield slot having impressed in their previous Europa League encounter. His versatility might see him operating from a slightly deeper role allowing Lo Celso to have free runs in and around the opponents’ defensive third.


Mourinho should stick to Carlos Vinícius upfront as the lone centre-forward who fired in a couple of goals and assisted another against Ludogorets a week ago. The Brazilian, on loan from Benfica, is still settling down in the new surroundings and has served the purpose of being an able understudy to Harry Kane as of now.

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