Ludogorets vs Spurs: Aiming to Get Europa League Campaign Back on Track
There shouldn’t be too many alarms following our 1-0 loss in Antwerp last week but manager Jose Mourinho will be eager to get points back on the board in the race for the Europa League title. Tottenham are favourites for the trophy but we played like rank outsiders in Belgium at times and a positive result is needed in Bulgaria on Thursday evening.
In another 5.55pm kick off, Ludogorets Razgrad are the opposition so let’s take a look at the prospects for this group fixture.
Jose was clearly furious with the team’s display in Antwerp but, as the club reached second place in the Premier League on Sunday, can he afford to risk too many of his regular first choice XI?
As for confirmed injuries and suspensions, all we know is that Japhet Tanganga continues to miss out with no date listed for his return from a thigh problem. Otherwise, there are no issues and Mourinho will have a full squad to select from.
Spurs go into the game as red hot favourites with current best odds of 41/100 with Novibet. Victory for hosts Ludogorets is priced out at 7/1 with BetFred while the draw completes the result market at a top price of 41/10 with VBet.
The Bulgarians sit at the bottom of Group J having lost to both LASK Linz and Royal Antwerp in their opening two fixtures. Those defeats came by just one goal on both occasions and they did put three past the Austrians last time out. Ludogorets are also on top of the elite division in Bulgaria but clearly we should be justifying those odds on Thursday evening.
First goalscorer betting can always be tricky when we’re trying to second guess the manager’s team selection. Will Jose keep faith with Carlos Vinicius who was one of many to be hauled off or will Harry Kane lead the line in Bulgaria?
The odds setters have predictably installed Kane as favourite to open the scoring and you can currently claim the England captain at best odds of 13/5 with BetFred and Betway. Vinicius is next on the list at a top price of 17/5 with Unibet and 888Sport while Son Heung-Min and Gareth Bale can both be backed at a best of 9/2 with VBet.
Steven Bergwijn continues Spurs’ dominance of the first goalscorer betting at best odds of 6/1 with BetFred while Dele Alli is on offer at a top price of 13/2 with Betway. Lucas Moura is also listed at 13/2, this time with Unibet, while Erik Lamela rounds off for now at a top price of 9/1 with GentingBet.
Finally, we come to the first representative from Ludogorets: Claudiu Keseru is also available at 9/1 with GentingBet and 888Sport and the Romanian has three goals in his first six league games this season. Punters may also want to take a look at Elvis Manu who is quoted at a best of 16/1 with VBet.
Spurs have conceded in a number of Europa League games from the qualifying round through to last week’s tie in Belgium. Both Teams to Score is a regular on our betslip and it’s available at reasonable best odds this week of 13/15 with SportNation and RedZone.
The Total Goals betting may also hold some value with the odds setters expecting a quiet evening for the home side. Taking a bet Over the 2.5 line will currently return a best of 57/100 with Novibet while a push to Over 3.5 will extend to a top price of 29/20 with Unibet and 888Sport.
Correct Score betting rounds off this preview and we could look for a positive, if narrow 2-1 away win at 31/4 with RedZone and SportNation. Meanwhile, a repeat of last week’s 1-0 loss would currently return a tempting if unthinkable 22/1 with VBet.
Who are They?
Founded in 1945, Ludogorets are one of the most successful sides in the Bulgarian top flight. That success has been relatively recent, however, with their first elite level league title coming at the end of the 2011/12 season. Since then, Ludogorets have won the first professional league in every consecutive campaign, up to and including the most recent edition in 2019/20.
They’ve also added Bulgarian Cups and Super Cups to record domestic doubles and trebles on occasions so it’s fair to say that they are the most dangerous side in Bulgaria right now.
We’ve seen that Claudiu Keseru carries the shortest odds of any Ludogorets player in the individual goalscorer betting and he’s certainly been prolific in his time with the Eagles. The much travelled Romanian international has over a hundred goals for his current employers and is averaging better than a goal a game.
We also mentioned Elvis Manu who is a new signing: The Dutch born striker scored all three goals in Ludogorets’ 3-4 defeat to LASK Linz and he’s claimed five goals in his first eight matches for his new club.
Having known very little about Ludogorets before writing this preview, there are uncomfortable comparisons between themselves and Antwerp as we’ve been working through. They are strong domestically and are in reasonable form overall. The Eagles may be bottom of the group but they’ve come close to snatching a draw in those opening two matches against Antwerp and Linz so they could be dangerous on Thursday.
We promised some different markets last time but it’s tough to find value among our old favourites. Lucas Moura has given us some decent profits in the anytime scorer markets and he has that better striking ratio in Europe so we’ll go back to the Brazilian.
Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 goals would be strong options if the game goes to form and they are both reasonably priced as we go into kick off. Of course, a 1-0 win would suffice as would a clean bill of health as the club looks ahead to a resumption of its league campaign on Sunday away to West Brom.
- Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 21/10 with 888Sport
- Both Teams to Score at 13/15 with SportNation
- Over 3.5 Goals at 29/20 with Unibet