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Tottenham Hotspur v Maccabi Haifa – UEFA Europa League play-off – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Thursday, October 1 (8pm) – Preview
Jose Mourinho will again rotate his Tottenham Hotspur squad as they look to negotiable the third of four games in eight days.
Mourinho previously spoke about the importance of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League play-off tie with Maccabi Haifa, suggesting ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie that his side would struggle to challenge for silverware on all fronts, taking into account their hectic schedule.
Nevertheless, despite prioritising European football, a Spurs side, with nine changes from their previous Premier League outing, dispatched Chelsea via a penalty shoot out as momentum continues to build at a steady rate in N17.
Harry Kane is expected return to the starting line-up against last seasons Israeli Premier League runners-up, as should Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez and Lucas Moura, who all occupied places on the bench against the Blues.
Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks should also feature from the start after sitting out completely. Joe Hart played in Tottenham’s last Europa League tie with Shkendija. The former England stopper could come in with Hugo Lloris rested ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Old Trafford.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Maccabi Haifa