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Tottenham vs Wolfsberger: Predictions
Tottenham cruised to a 4-1 lead in the first leg meeting against the Austrian side last Thursday on a night when Gareth Bale shone and earned himself a goal as the Welshman showed glimpses of his former self. Jose Mourinho chose against starting their top scorer in the Europa League, Carlos Vinicius, however, Spurs showed no sign of missing the Brazillian striker after taking a 3-0 lead into half-time.
Wolfsberger struggled against the Premier League side on Thursday but got back to winning ways in the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday with an impressive 2-1 win over fourth-placed SK Sturm Graz. A second-half penalty offered the Austrian side a small window back into the tie but Vinicius’ late goal provided Spurs with a great opportunity to progress.
Jose Mourinho tasted his first ever defeat to David Moyes on the weekend as the Lilywhites lost 2-1 to their London rivals West Ham. The defeat means Spurs have won just three of their last 13 Premier League games which has Mourinho’s men sitting in ninth place – nine points off the top four.
One of the only positive signs in Sunday’s defeat to the Hammers was the introduction of Gareth Bale at half-time. The Welshman changed the game for the better following his introduction and his corner provided the assist for Lucas Moura’s goal. Following a slow start to his Spurs return, he is certainly showing signs of getting back to the Gareth Bale we all knew.
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Tottenham vs Wolfsberger: Match Stats
Bale scored on Thursday when the two sides met with a stunning bit of skill followed by an emphatic finish past the goalkeeper. The Welshman almost pulled Spurs level on the weekend but saw his volley cannon off the top of the crossbar. He has now netted twice in the Europa League this season but his recent performances suggest he will now begin to add more goals and assists to his tally.
A clumsy penalty awarded against Moussa Sissoko denied Spurs a clean sheet, but the gulf in class between the two sides was enormous. Despite Tottenham’s recent struggles, Mourinho’s men dominated the game and will be expected to do so again on Wednesday in emphatic style following their disappointing defeat on the weekend.
18 February 2021 – Wolfsberger 1-4 Tottenham – Europa League
This was the first meeting between the two sides and Spurs put the Austrian side to the sword early on as they raced to a 3-0 lead before the half. Despite an early goal for the hosts in the first half, Spurs shut the door on a comeback and added another goal to their aggregate score.