Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Tottenham, Thursday. Venue: Lokomotiv Stadium, Plovdiv
After Sunday’s game, we go into this Europa league match with trepidation. This is not going to be a straight forward game, and Locomotiv are going all out to win it.
The question on many Spurs fans minds, was the game against Everton a bad omen for the rest of the season. I am hoping it was just a blip and a victory tomorrow night will give us a renewed confidence, which we need badly.
If it was not for this bloody virus, I would be going out there with the team. But it is not to be.
We face a relentless calendar, while also having to manage the ailments of players who may also represent their national teams a further six times this year.
As you probably all know, Mourinho has criticised the fitness of players publicly, which I am sure will give our opponents confidence. But then again it might make our players more determined to crack a few skulls (not literally, of course, heavens above!).
As for Locomotiv, they sit sixth in their top league, and their manager Bruno Akrapovic will feel that this match gives his side an edge over us. Our opponents have won four of their last five games in all competitions. Their only loss was to Ludgorets Razgrad.
Kane will play in Bulgaria on Thursday and then against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
We could face two midweek games next week. We are due to face Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and if we beat Plovdiv, we face another trip to Europe on Thursday. And do not forget we face Southampton this Sunday. We need to show some mettle.
My prediction for tomorrow; 4-1.