Spurs versus Gent: (match preview)
Spurs return to European competition this evening when they face Belgian side K.A.A Gent, in the UEFA Europa league round of 32. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are approaching a critical stage in their season with two cup games in four days, Pochettino has to decide whether he’ll put out a side capable to win silverware, with both the UEFA Europa league and FA cup being competitions that Spurs have a good chance of realistically winning. Spurs’ trip to Belgium comes on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the league, and Pochettino will be wanting to see his side make an instant impact when they face Gent later today. ‘De Buffalos’ will provide a stern opposition and despite the gulf in class, Pochettino will be anxious for his team to get out of the blocks fast against a fine side. Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s side made the last 16 of last seasons UEFA champions league, and currently sit in eight position in the Belgian pro league but Gent have a very good home record and they have only lost three times at the Ghelamco arena, in their last 20 matches. I believe that Pochettino will field a strong side tonight, as he’ll be looking to make a statement and with the return leg at Wembley just a week away, Spurs will hoping to record a convincing away victory to ease some of the pressure off the return leg. I honestly believe we’ll be on form tonight, if Pochettino decides to play the cream of the crop, e.g. Kane, Alli and Eriksen, then I can foresee a comfortable and important victory. We must not underestimate Gent, players such as Moses Simon and Juan Perbet will all pose a threat and we must be on our game from the start. Tonight’s match against Gent and Sunday’s FA cup match against Fulham, are a critical period with in our season. Let’s hope after tonight we’ll be one step closer to the glory us fans so desperately crave. COYS
My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs.
One to watch: Gent’s Malian striker Kalifa Coulibaly.