Due to unusual circumstances all across the globe, European qualifications for UEFA club competitions are still taking place. Tottenham continue their Europa League journey with a trip to Macedonia where they will take on Shkendija in the third qualifying round of the competition.
Football Today – UEFA Europa League Qualification
Shkendija vs Tottenham
Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Kick-Off: 19:00 UK time
Venue: Ecolog Arena, Tetovo
Tottenham’s journey to the group stages began in the second qualifying round away in Bulgaria. Jose Mourinho’s side was on a brink of elimination with less than 20 minutes to go when Lokomotiv Plovdiv took a lead in 71st minute. However, a red card for Georgi Minchev changed Tottenham’s fortunes on the night, with late goals from Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele sending Spurs through to the next round.
In contrast, the Macedonian side started the 2020/21 Europa League campaign in the first qualifying round. Their first opponents on the route to the Europa League group stages were the Azerbaijan side Sumqayit. Two second-half goals booked Shkendija the place in the second qualifying round where they faced the Romanian team FC Botosani. An early goal from Besart Ibraimi was enough to secure a tough away win for the Macedonians.
Recent form – Shkendija
The Macedonian side has been in hot form since post-lockdown and is currently on a 12-match unbeaten run (9 wins and 3 draws). Shkendija have scored at least one goal in the least 12 matches, averaging 1.7 goals per game. The Macedonians have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 matches.
Shkendija are yet to concede in the Europa League qualification, having prevented the opposition from scoring in the first two rounds. Besart Ibraimi is Shkendija’s top scorer with two goals in two matches.
Recent form – Tottenham
The North London side started their 2020/21 Premier League campaign with a defeat away to Everton. Nevertheless, Mourinho’s side has bounced back after a disappointing opening weekend with an impressive 5-2 thrashing of Southampton.
Despite losing on the opening day of the new Premier League season, Spurs have been in good form having won 10 of their last 15 matches, averaging 1.9 goals per game. However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last four matches and were first concede in four of the last five.
Watch Europa League Football Live on TV and Free Live Stream in UK
The free of charge live stream of UEFA Europa League third-round qualification match between Shkendija and Tottenham will be available here.
The live TV coverage will be available on Premier Sports 1 channel.
Shkendija vs Tottenham – previous meetings
The two teams have never met before meaning this will be their first official match-up.
Shkendija vs Tottenham – team news and predicted line-ups
Shkendija have no major injury concerns ahead of this match and are likely to field the strongest possible team. The midfielder Armend Alimi will be the only absentee for Shkendija after picking up a red card in the previous round.
Shkendija possible XI (4-2-3-1): Zahov, Murati, Krivak, Bejtulai, Pavic, Dita, Ramadani, Ahmedi, Totre, Doriev, Ibraimi.
Tottenham will be without three players for this match with Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Japhet Tanganda all side-lined with injuries.
Tottenham possible XI (4-2-1-3): Lloris, Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Son, Bergwijn, Kane.
Gareth Bale is back at Tottenham
Last Saturday, Tottenham announced the re-signing of the Welsh forward from Real Madrid on a season-long loan. Bale spent six remarkable seasons at the old White Hart Lane scoring 56 goals and assisting 58 times in 203 appearances for his boyhood club.
Spurs fans are desperate to see their talisman to put on a famous club shirt; however, the game against Shkendija will come a little bit too early for the Welshman as a former Real Madrid man is still recovering from a knee injury. Bale is expected to return to action in mid-October.
Football match predictions
Shkendija 0-2 Tottenham