International - Europa League Qualification

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  • Date: 17/09/2020
  • Time: 17:00
  • Venue: Lokomotiv Stadium
  • Referee: Harm Osmers
Europa League Betting Tips: Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Tottenham

Date published: 9/17/2020 1:17:20 PM

Europa League Betting Tips: Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur begin a gruelling set of Europa League qualifiers on Thursday evening with a trip to face Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

The hosts didn’t have an especially strong campaign in Bulgaria last year, finishing fifth in the Bulgarian top flight’s ‘Championship Round’ come the end of the season, but have made it into this competition by winning the Bulgarian cup - having beaten CSKA Sofia on penalties after a goalless draw in the final back in early July. 


Bruno Akrapović’s men have had a mixed start to the new season, winning three out of five matches, losing the other two, and come into this fixture off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Bulgarian giants Ludogorets on Saturday, having squandered a one-goal lead going into the final half-hour. 


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho celebrated getting Tottenham into this competition on the final day of the last Premier League season, but the three rounds of qualifiers to get into the competition proper, as well as the early League Cup rounds - give him a real selection headache alongside the return of the Premier League, with the potential of nine matches in just over three weeks. 


Having been beaten at home in their season opener, 1-0 to Everton, the pressure is already on - but the Portuguese is expected to prioritise the league campaign and name much-changed, second-string XIs for these early qualifiers, with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in line to be rested.


Still, Tottenham are strong favourites with the bookmakers here. Betfair Sportsbook back them at just 2/9 to get the win they need to progress, with the hosts a massive 19/2 to cause a major upset. 


Given the uncertainty over personnel, we recommend taking advantage of Paddy Power’s Power Price promotion here, with boosted odds of a Tottenham win with both teams to score at odds of 9/5.


*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change


Best Bet


Tottenham to win and both teams to score - 9/5 (Paddy Power)

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  • Europa League Qualification
  • Round 2
  • Lokomotiv Stadium
  • Harm Osmers
  • 17 Sep, 17:00


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    Burnley 1 - 1 Sheffield United - Match Report

    Date published: 9/17/2020 9:04:45 PM

    Burnley 1 - 1 Sheffield United - Match Report

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson injury mars Burnley shoot-out victory

    Nick Pope was the shoot-out hero as Burnley progressed into the Carabao Cup third round – although a 5-4 victory over Sheffield United on penalties following a 1-1 draw was soured by an injury to Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

    After David McGoldrick’s early strike was cancelled out by Matej Vydra midway through the second half, Pope got down low to save Oli McBurnie’s spot-kick and Burnley were clinical in netting all five of their efforts.

    While they booked a third-round date against Millwall, a Burnley side already low on numbers had a setback as Gudmundsson was stretchered off the field following a nasty first-half challenge from Jack Robinson.

    Gudmondsson was restricted to 13 appearances last season because of hamstring and calf concerns and he could be set for another stint on the sidelines, while the issue overshadowed James Tarkowski’s omission due to a toe injury.

    Tarkowski has been the subject of three failed bids from West Ham, with Leicester also allegedly interested, but Dyche took no risks with his centre-half ahead of their first Premier League fixture against the Foxes on Sunday.

    Debutant Jimmy Dunne took the place of Tarkowski, while only Oliver Norwood retained his place from the Sheffield United side that opened their top-flight campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday.

    Max Lowe was one of four summer signings who started and he marked his Sheffield United bow with a fine, low cross that was turned in by a stretching McGoldrick as Burnley were caught cold in the fourth minute.

    The home side were dealt another blow on the quarter hour as Gudmundsson was stretchered off in some distress after being caught high on the leg by Robinson following through from his clearance.

    Burnley had plenty of possession and looked threatening when the ball was whipped into the area, but it was Pope who was pressed into action, punching away to stop Phil Jagielka heading in Norwood’s free-kick.

    An offside flag spared the blushes of Wes Foderingham after he hauled down Vydra in the area, while the post next came to the rescue of the visiting goalkeeper shortly after half-time as Robbie Brady fluffed his lines.

    But there was no denying Burnley in the 67th minute as Ashley Westwood’s cross was cleverly chested by Jay Rodriguez into the path of Vydra, who lifted over Foderingham.

    The leveller seemed to bring the Blades back to life as McBurnie shot into the side netting and the substitute instinctively turned Lowe’s scuffed strike goalwards, with Pope reflexively keeping out.

    Pope then provided the standout moment in the shoot-out, where Chris Wood, Vydra, Josh Brownhill, Erik Pieters and Brady all found the back of the net as Burnley claimed only their second win in this competition since 2014.

    Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1 - 2 Tottenham - Match Report

    Date published: 9/18/2020 1:12:43 PM

    Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1 - 2 Tottenham - Match Report

    Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele bail out Tottenham against Lokomotiv Plovdiv

    Tottenham survived a Europa League scare as they needed two goals in the final 10 minutes to beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 in the second qualifying round.

    Spurs named a strong team in Bulgaria but were facing an embarrassing loss when Georgi Mindev put the hosts ahead in the 71st minute.

    But Jose Mourinho’s men saved face with an impressive comeback as a Harry Kane penalty, after an incident which saw two Plovdiv players sent off, and Tanguy Ndombele’s 85th-minute winner sent them through.

    They will now face Macedonian outfit Shkendija in next Thursday’s third qualifying round.

    Spurs will hope that Gareth Bale will not have been watching ahead of his proposed return to the club as they laboured against a much weaker team.

    It could have been a much easier evening had Son Heung-min done better inside the opening 10 minutes as he shot at the legs of Martin Lukovs after being played in by Giovani Lo Celso.

    Steven Bergwijn rattled the crossbar soon after from the edge of the area and then the Dutchman should have won a penalty after being clearly tripped, but the referee chose not to give it.

    Spurs continued to press and Kane and Ben Davies had further opportunities, but Mourinho’s men could not find a breakthrough.

    They had their best chance eight minutes after the restart when Davies teed up Son, but he clipped over from six yards when it seemed easier to hit the target.

    Mourinho’s men then had the rug pulled out from under their feet as they conceded from a set-play.

    A corner was flicked on to the back post where Minchev ran in to slam past Hugo Lloris.

    That spurred the Premier League team into action and they levelled nine minutes later as Davies’ header was handled on the line by Dinis Costa who was sent off, with team-mate Birsent Karagaren following for a second yellow card after strong protests.

    Kane made no mistake from the spot, firing high into the net to open his account for the season.

    Five minutes later, there was a huge sigh of relief as Ndombele was on hand to convert Lucas Moura’s pass after Spurs had got in down the right.