Spurs get a welcome respite from their Premier League woes with a Europa League return against Austrian club Wolfsberger tonight
Four-in-five top-flight losses saw Spurs drop to ninth place and pressure build on Jose Mourinho Nothing less than a win tonight would raise more questions
This is Wolfsberger’s first-ever European knockout fixture and the Austrians hope to maintain Spurs’ record by not winning any of their last seven first legs in European competition
However, their task became more difficult when their ‘home’ stage was moved from their Worthersee Stadion to Puskas Arena in Budapest due to coronavirus travel restrictions
Even so, Mourinho shouldn’t take any chances and will field a strong squad to face the lowest-ranked team in the competition.
The Austrians have gotten into the habit of hitting over their weight for some time, but it’s probably one fight too many
Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez all started last week’s two losses to Everton and Manchester City, and could therefore sit against the Austrian minnows
With Sergio Reguilon still not ready to come back from a hamstring injury, Japhet Tanganga could provide cover for Davies at left-back after an encouraging display from the right side of the defense against City
Gareth Bale’s brilliant Etihad stadium cameo should be enough to earn him a rare start, while Dele Alli is also pushing for inclusion after substitute appearances in the last two games
Harry Kane will be needed in Sunday’s crucial League game against West Ham, but he’s likely to start, with Carlos Vinicius and young forward Dane Scarlett to be among the subs
Young defenders Dennis Cirkin, a left-back, and Marcel Laviniar, as well as midfielder Jamie Bowden, have also made the move Joe Rodon is ineligible, while Giovani Lo Celso stays on the sidelines with hamstring injury
Live streaming: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the BT Sport website or app
Welcome to Evening Standard’s live coverage of the Europa League clash between Wolfsberger and Tottenham
Kick-off is 555pm GMT at Puskas Arena Dan Kilpatrick will cover the game for us
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