Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After surving Lokomotiv Plovdiv in round 2, Tottenham will be aiming to roll over Shkendija when the two teams face each other at Ecolog Arena on Thursday evening. Shkendija set up a meeting with the star-studded Premier League side by beating the likes of Sumqayit (2-0) and Botosani (1-0), but there are unlikely to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the Europa League qualifiers.
Considering that experienced midfielder Armend Alimi is sidelined through suspension, we do not believe that home win should be considered. Spurs, on the other hand, came from behind to beat nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but Jose Mourinho’s troops need to improve their game if they are to play an important role in the Europa League this term. Harry Kane has already found his goal-scoring touch, and seeing that the Premier League side will not afford any complacency this time out, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Heung-min Son):
Over the years Son Heung-Min has established himself as one of the best Asian footballers. Son is a Tottenham Hotspur first-team regular and he played a very important role in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, scoring 12 goals, while making 37 appearances in the process.
The South Korean footballer, who is well known for his speed and a very powerful shot, was born in Chuncheo on 8 July 1992 and he began his youth career at FC Seoul. In 2008 he moved to Hamburger SV, but he made his senior debut for the Bundesliga club two years later. In 2013 he signed a deal with fellow German side Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 21 goals in 62 appearances in the Bundesliga for the BayArena outfit.
In 2015 he signed a five-year contract with Spurs for a fee of £22 million. Son Heung-min made his South Korea debut in a friendly against Syria in 2010.
Highlighted Team (Tottenham):
Tottenham Hotspur are a professional football club based in North London. Spurs host their rivals at White Hart Lane and the capacity of the stadium is 36,284. Tottenham won the Premier League (First Division) trophy in 1950/1951 and 1960/1961 and despite producing terrific displays in the 2015/2016 campaign Mauro Pochettino’s team eventually finished the season in third place in the standings.
Tottenham’s bitter rivals are Arsenal, but Chelsea and West Ham United are regarded as the team’s fierce opponents as well. Spurs have won eight FA Cup trophies, with the team also lifting the 1962/1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup title.
Tottenham Hotspur hammered Atletico Madrid in the final of the competition back then (5-1). The likes of David Ginola, Sol Campbell, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Lineker, Luka Modric, Robbie Keane and Gareth Bale are star players that used to play for the White Hart Lane outfit in the past. The colour of Tottenham Hotspur’s home kit is white.