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Antwerp vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Europa League match thread & how to watch

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A win on Thursday would put Spurs atop Group J.

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Tottenham Hotspur v LASK: Group J - UEFA Europa League Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur moved up to fifth in the Premier League after Monday’s win against Burnley and now have won two in a row (with two clean sheets!), extending the unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions. The heavy dose of fixtures continues on Thursday as Spurs travel to Belgium to face Antwerp in the second week of Europa League Group Stage matches.

The two sides sit tied at the top of Group J after Tottenham’s 3-0 win over LASK and Antwerp’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Ludogorets. The Belgian side fell in the Europa League playoffs last year but finished fourth in the league and were able to progress to the Group Stage this season with a decent shot at moving on to the knockout portion of the competition.

Last week’s win over LASK was fairly comfortable for Spurs, with a couple early goals providing a nice cushion before Heung-Min Son sealed it late. Jose Mourinho went with a rotated side, and this is likely to be the case again after playing just three days prior. Tottenham are heavy favorites to win the group, and it should not be too hard to grab another three points, even on the road.

Fans will undoubtedly be focused on the quality of the performance, though, and not just the end result. While the team has shown an ability to put forth plenty of goals, doing so consistently against weaker competition is still a work in progress. Even more important is being able to defend well, which Spurs have shown over the past two matches since collapsing against West Ham. Making it three in a row is certainly in reach and should be the expectation on Thursday.

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How to Watch

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 1:55 p.m. ET, 5:55 p.m. BT
Location: Bosuilstadion, Antwerp, Belgium
TV: Unimas (USA - Spanish), BT Sport 2 (UK)
Streaming: CBS All Access (USA), BT Sport Extra (UK)

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