Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Preview

February 22, 2017 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountUEFA Europa League Last 32 2nd Leg action Thursday night comes from White Hart Lane and features Tottenham Hotspur versus KAA Gent.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:05pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Preview, UEFA Europa League, Last 32 2nd Leg, 23rd February 2017

Tottenham Hotspur head into this game having had a good season on the domestic front, but their manager will be a little disappointed at having not progressed through to the knock out stages of the champions league and even more so that his side struggled to a 1-0 defeat way in the 1st leg match away against little known KAA Gent.

Now with home advantage and only one goal to overturn, many people will expect this Spurs side to progress through to the next round of the tournament, especially after their comfortable victory over the weekend in the FA Cup, but the defence does have to be a lot better than what we have seen in recent weeks.

KAA Gent will have been over the moon to have secured the victory in the 1st leg last week and confidence will be high in the squad as they prepare to take on Spurs at their famous White Hart Lane stadium on Thursday night.

The visitors have already pulled off a shock victory against Tottenham last week and will be quitely confident that they can do it again or at least secure a score draw that would take them through to the last 16 of this tournament.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News :

Harry Kane should lead the line for Spurs at Wembley, fresh from scoring a hat-trick in the win over Fulham, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are also expected to start.

Jan Vertonghen is expected to be in the heart of defence having come through 90 minutes at Craven Cottage, while Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele should come in for Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks. Danny Rose is still unavailable with injury, as it Erik Lamela.

KAA Gent Team News :

The visitors will probably be unchanged from the team that beat Spurs 1-0 over in Belgium as they have no fresh injuries or suspensions to contend with.

Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Head to Head Statistics:

This match on Thursday night will become just the second ever time that these two clubs have met each other and as we can see in our head to head statistics table below, the advantage is with the Belgium side KAA Gent after their 1-0 victory last week.

23/02/17 UEL Tottenham Hotspur – KAA Gent – : –
16/02/17 UEL KAA Gent – Tottenham Hotspur 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

Only 1 goal scored last week in the only other ever game played between the two clubs and that provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of exactly 1.00.

However, with Tottenham Hotspur now with home advantage and coming off the back of a very fine win in the FA Cup away against Fulham, I do expect this game to see at least a few goals scored on Thursday night and as such the betting market Over 2.5 Goals looks a good pick here.

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Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Tottenham Hotspur: D W L L W

KAA Gent: W D L W D

KAA Gent have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to secure two wins, two drawns and one defeat during their last five matches played, compared to Tottenham Hotspur who have won two, drawn one and lost two of their previous five matches played.

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Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Match Betting Odds Market

Tottenham Hotspur are the clear odds on favourites to win this game on Thursday night with a currnet best price available of just 3/10 with Ladbrokes – Receive £50 Free Bets when Registering a New Account, and this does seem a little on the short side considering they were beaten over in Belgium last week.

The Draw is currently a best price of 9/2 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account and does look the value play here, as I can definitely see KAA Gent playing with plenty of people behind the ball and if they did manage to score a goal in this match, then Spurs will find it increasingly difficult to break them down.

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Tottenham Hotspur v KAA Gent Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

A very interesting game this and one that could go either way on the night depending on which side starts the match better.

Tottenham Hotspur have a 1-0 defecit to turn around and it will be extremely important for them to try and score a goal as early as possible in this 2nd leg, as the longer KAA Gent hold the lead on aggregate, the more players they will continue to put behind the ball the longer this game goes on and that could see Spurs caught on the counter attack, concede another goal and knocked out of the Europa League.

However, from the performance I saw from Spurs against Fulham over the weekend, I do fully expect them to score before half time and then this will force KAA Gent to try and score a goal and with gaps exposed at the back for the Spurs wingers to exploit, I would expect Tottenham Hotspur to go on and win this game by at least a couple of goals margin.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Tottenham Hotspur to Win Both Halves as if Spurs score an early goal, I really can’t see any way back in this tie for KAA Gent and although they may continue to keep players behind the ball in an attempt to force extra time and penalties, I can’t see this working and Spurs should prove too strong.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip for this game will be for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to Score the 1st Goal of the Game as his confidence will be on cloud 9 at the moment after his stunning hatrick at the weekend in the FA Cup win over Fulham.

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