⚽️ Match: Lokomotiv Plovdiv – Tottenham Hotspur
⚽️ Competition: Europa League – Qualification
🗓 Date: 17.09.2020
Predictions for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier in Bulgaria. Can Spurs avoid an embarrassing upset against Bulgarian minnows Plovdiv?
- Lokomotiv Plovdiv has never qualified for the group stage of the Europa League.
- Lokomotiv Plovdiv was beaten by Bolton the last time they face English opponents in 2005.
- Tottenham have never lost a Europa League qualification match.
Tottenham with a point to prove
With the criticism following their limp performance and defeat to Everton in the opening round of the Premier League still ringing in their ears and manager Jose Mourinho on the warpath, Spurs have demons to exorcise in their Europa League qualification tussle with Lokomotiv Plovdiv this week.
The Bulgarians have never made it to the competition’s group stages on their limited continental adventures since 2005, and against a Tottenham side sprinkled with plenty of stardust and top-quality players, Plovdiv is expected to struggle.
Tottenham have a point to prove this week, and with Mourinho keen for his troops to get the job done in Bulgaria as quickly as possible, the Premier League giants are expected to come out of the blocks quickly.
Lokomotiv hasn’t played English opposition since their two-legged defeat to Bolton in the UEL 15 years ago, and with Spurs likely to dominate from the off on Thursday against their vastly inferior opponents, the Tottenham half time/full-time market looks a generous price in the limited markets available, while our correct score prediction tips the Londoners to run out 3-0 winners.