Tottenham host Belgian side KAA Gent in the second leg of the Europa League. After falling short away in Belgium, we go to Wembley looking to conquer a one-goal deficit. Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to progress to the next round of the tournament, after elaborating many times this is a competition on his mind. Obviously, winning the tournament will give us that prestigious Champions League spot, if we fail to reach the top four come the end of the season.
Tottenham are still without Danny Rose after his knock against Sunderland, with ligament damage in his knee. Ben Davies will look to replace the England international and prove his worth to Pochettino, showing he’s worthy of a starting role within the squad. In addition, Erik Lamela still seems to be recovering from his hip injury, which has sidelined the Argentine for the majority of the season. Mauricio added in his previous press conference that Lamela is making progress and is now working on the field, while his recovery will continue to be monitored.
Gent will welcome the presence of top goal scorer Kalifa Coulibaly, as the striker only featured in twenty minutes of action in the first leg. We will expect a more defensive approach as the away side look to protect their one goal margin.
Tottenham- Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son; Kane
KAA Gent- Kalnic; Gigot, Mitrovic, Asare; Foket, Neto, Millicevic, Esiti, Saief; Kubo, Coulibaly
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 KAA Gent
It won’t be the prettiest, but I think the lads will get the win. Gent will set up defensive and look to compact the midfield, not allowing the likes of Eriksen and Alli space to operate. With the threat of Walker down the right-hand flank, I’m confident we’ll get the opener, then will have the momentum swinging in our favour to go on and win the match comfortably. We need to put the Wembley aspect beside us and give 100%, because if we play like we did in the first leg (or UCL) it will be a walk in the park for the Belgians.