Date: 22nd October 2015 at 12:38pm
Written by:

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Belgium to take on Anderlecht in their third Europa League group game.

Although Spurs go into the clash top of Group J, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gone off the boil in recent games.

Since seeing off Manchester City in style 4-1 last month, the London side have drawn their last three matches in all competition.

However, a win on matchday one against Qarabag and a fantastic point at Monaco means that they can be confident of reaching the knockout stages.

Tonight’s meeting with the Belgian side will be a repeat of the 1984 UEFA Cup Final, which saw Spurs win 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over two legs.

Pochettino is unlikely to risk Harry Kane after the striker suffered a knock in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday. This means that Clinton N’Jie, who moved to White Hart Lane in the summer, could start in attack.

Heung-Min Son (foot), Federico Fazio (hamstring) and Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) are all missing, but Ryan Mason could make a welcome return having recovered from the injury he suffered in converting Spurs’ winner at Sunderland in September.

Eric Dier is expected to come back into the starting XI having missed the Premier League meeting with Liverpool through suspension, but Nacer Chadli could be sidelined for four to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury.

Anderlecht come to White Hart Lane bottom of Group J having secured just one point from their opening two games.

The Belgians picked up a draw against Monaco in their opening fixture, but suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Qarabag last time out.

But the hosts are in good domestic form, having lost just once in 11 league games this season.

Boss Besnik Hasi, whose side sit third in the Pro League table, is likely to go with two in attack.

Nigerian Imoh Ezekie is expected to partner Italian Stefano Okaka, who’s scored six league goals this season.

Group Position: Anderlecht – 4th (1 point); Tottenham Hotspur – 1st (4 points)
Last Meeting: Anderlecht 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur, December 6, 2007
Key Men: Anderlecht – Stefano Okaka; Tottenham Hotspur – Christian Eriksen
Form: Anderlecht – DDWLDW; Tottenham Hotspur – WLWDDD
Shoot Says: Anderlecht 0-1 Tottenham

 
Brought to you by Shoot!