Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolfsberger

Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolfsberger 

Tottenham Hotspur face Austrian side Wolfsberger on Wednesday evening with one foot already in the Europa League last 16.

Spurs ran out 4-1 winners in last week’s first leg and will now be looking to see through the job in a stress-free manner on home soil.
Jose Mourinho has a strong love affair with the Europa League and its UEFA Cup predecessor, and it is a competition he may well be left to rely on to salvage his side’s season.

Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by London rivals West Ham United on Sunday to leave them nine points off the top four in the Premier League – a surely insurmountable gap at this stage.

Winning a cup of any sort would make this a successful campaign for Mourinho, though, and he still has two chances to achieve that aim.

The Lilywhites have an EFL Cup final showdown with Manchester City to look forward to in April, while continental success is also a realistic prospect.

The last 16 of the Europa League is now in sight after goals from Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius helped Spurs to a comfortable win last week.

Wolfsberger, competing in their first major European knockout tie, must now create some history if they are to advance through.

No team in UEFA Cup/ Europa League history has ever overturned a three-goal deficit from the first leg at home during the knockout stages.
Ferdinand Feldhofer’s side finished above Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow to reach the last 32 but, positioned fifth in the Austrian Bundesliga, the gulf between themselves and Tottenham told last week.

Tottenham also boast a good record on home soil in Europe, winning each of their last four matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League and Europa League, scoring 16 times and conceding twice.

Tottenham Hotspur Europa League form: LWWDWW
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): LWLLWL

Wolfsberger Europa League form: WLLWWL
Wolfsberger form (all competitions): WWLWLW

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