LASK Linz v Spurs: Europa League Progression Within Reach

lask linzTottenham opened their 2020/21 Europa League campaign with a comfortable home win over Linz and Thursday sees the reverse fixture take place in Austria. A 4-0 victory over Ludogorets last time out leaves us at the top of Group J, ahead of Royal Antwerp on goal difference and a win in this next game will seal our progression to the next phase.

Spurs have come unstuck earlier in the group stages but the bookmakers are expecting a comfortable 90 minutes for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Team News

The injury doubts at the moment concern Toby Alderweireld, Matt Doherty and Erik Lamela who have all been missing since the international break. Of that trio, Toby is expected to miss another four weeks following the groin injury that he picked up against Manchester City so we’re maybe looking into the New Year before the Belgian resumes at centre back.

There’s a similar prognosis for Lamela while Doherty has been cleared following a positive Covid test. As always, we expect Jose Mourinho to make several changes from his starting XI although this is an important fixture in the context of the group. Expect, therefore, to see the likes of Dane Scarlett and Harvey White continue on the bench after both made encouraging substitute appearances against Ludogorets.

Match Odds

This is a 5.55pm kick off with live coverage via BT Sport in the UK and the markets come down heavily in favour of Tottenham. Jose Mourinho’s men start the result betting at best industry odds of 71/100 with Novibet. The draw on the night can be claimed at a top price of 57/17 with RedZone while a win for Linz rounds things off at 18/5 with BetFred.

Our loss to Antwerp shows that those prices can be upset but we have been effective in Europe and, with few injuries to consider, our back up, Europa League XI is looking strong. We should convert but if anyone wants a little extra value from Thursday’s game, it’s a case of looking at the side bets.

Side Markets

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Carlos Vinicius bagged a brace as he scored his first Tottenham goals in that 4-0 win over Ludogorets last time out. Our back up striker is likely to lead the line again and he starts at best odds of 4/1 with GentingBet to open the scoring. Harry Kane is the favourite at a top price of 3/1 with Betway but looks set to start on the bench once again.

Tottenham players dominate the early betting in this market with Son Heung-Min at 17/4 with Betway followed by Gareth Bale at 9/2 with GentingBet. Lucas Moura converted for us once again in the anytime market in our previous game with Ludogorets and the Brazilian is listed at 6/1 with Betway to open the scoring. Other options in a Spurs shirt include Steven Bergwijn at 7/1, Dele Alli at 15/2 and Giovani Lo Celso at 14/1 – all with Betway.

LASK Linz’s first representative in this market is Mamoudou Karamoko who is quoted at 17/2 with GentingBet while Andreas Gruber and Thomas Goiginger can both be found at 10/1 with Betway.

Sunday’s game against Chelsea drew another blank in terms of our favoured Both Teams to Score bet and you can take BTTS this time at best odds of 11/17 with SportNation and RedZone. That option looks a little too short in view of recent results so you may prefer to bet on the ‘no’ option at 5/4 with BetFred and Unibet.

Total Goals betting shows best odds of 8/13 with RedZone and SportNation for those that want to go Over the 2.5 line. To push that a little further and back Over 3.5, the figures climb to a top price of 8/5 with 888Sport and Unibet.

As for the Correct Score, our preference might be for a small wager on a 3-1 away which can be claimed at a best of 12/1 with SportNation and RedZone. Alternatively, those with a more pessimistic outlook can back a repeat of our 1-0 defeat in Belgium which is listed at 16/1 with 10Bet and VBet.

Based on depth of squads and current form, there shouldn’t be too many alarms and a repeat of the home fixture would do nicely.

Reverse Fixture

There were few alarms in the reverse game as strikes from Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min, either side of an Andres Andrade own goal, sealed a 3-0 win. Since then, LASK have picked up six points in Group J and, if they were to win on Thursday, they would draw level on points with Spurs and retain a chance of making it through to the knockouts.

An away win against Antwerp has been the highlight of their campaign so far while their other victory came via a 4-3 scoreline against bottom club Ludogorets. In that match, goals were shared around the team and one man who we had highlighted in our previous round up, Andreas Gruber, claimed the second on ten minutes. There is a threat in this Linz squad and there are some potent attackers at domestic level who we will have watched in the lead up to kick off.

Verdict

tottenhamThe fact that Linz won in Antwerp won’t have gone unnoticed but, even as we concede home advantage, we should have too much for the Austrians here. We should also be dominant, even with our second string Europa League starting XI but we may just see Jose play some of the EPL Premier League regulars as he looks to seal qualification for the knockouts.

We’re expecting a win but don’t want to jinx matters by confirming the tip and, in any event, Spurs’ odds are too short to be of interest. Therefore, the following two suggestions will be familiar and, while we apologise for repeating ourselves, Lucas Moura to score and Over 3.5 goals have been profitable throughout the competition so far.

Feel free to add Both Teams to Score but once again it looks too short at that odds-on figure

Best Bets

  • Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 28/15 with VBet
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 8/5 with 888Sport

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