Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Top position in Group J will be at stake when Tottenham and Antwerp face each other in London in the last group game. Spurs dropped two points in a 3-3 draw with LASK a week ago, but they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Tottenham did well to beat Arsenal in the North London derby at the weekend, and they are surely capable of defeating Antwerp at home ground and secure top position in the standings.
Erik Lamela is sidelined with injury, while Harry Kane returns to contention after he was rested in the 3-3 draw with LASK. Antwerp outplayed Ludogorets in their previous group game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Spurs, who are enjoying a very successful season. The likes of Coopman, Pius, Nsimba, and De Pauw are injured for the visitors, while Haroun returns from a domestic ban.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.