Match Preview – Partizan Belgrade (H)

Tottenham take on Partizan Belgrade this week in a difficult encounter at White Hart Lane. Spurs have been tasked with a difficult Europa League group this season, as opposed to last campaign which saw them unbeaten and conceding but one goal.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Televised: ITV 4

Kick-Off: 8:05pm

Last time out

Despite battling hard for the majority of the game, Spurs could only manage a goal-less draw in Belgrade. Harry Kane provided the majority of chances for Spurs, with only a couple of clashes against the crossbar to note. The hostile atmosphere in Belgrade was well worth a mention, given that the same contingent will be descending upon North London tomorrow.

Statistics (via BBC Sport)

Against Partizan last time out, nine Spurs players attempted more first-half passes than the Partizan player with the most – Nikola Drincic (18). Partizan had failed to win a match in their last Europa League campaign in 2012/13, drawing three and losing three, before the last fixture. Tottenham had 64% possession against Partizan in the last fixture, but failed to hit any of their 7 shots on target. Spurs committed a staggering 15 fouls against the Serbians, but only Andros Townsend and Ben Davies saw bookings.

Team News

Kyle Walker has returned to training this week, but he will not be able to play on Thursday. Nabil Bentaleb also returned to training, with the Evening Standard under the impression he will return against Partizan. Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul were injured for the weekend victory at Hull, and remain out for this week. Pochettino confirmed that Rose, Capoue, Townsend and Chadli will all miss the game through injury also.

Predictions

Starting XI – Vorm, Naughton, Dier, Chiriches, Davies, Stambouli, Paulinho, Lennon, Lamela, Kane, Soldado

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Partizan Belgrade

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