Tottenham must overcome a 1-0 deficit to keep their hopes of European football alive on Thursday evening, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side hosting Pacos de Ferreira in the final round of the European Conference League qualification.
It was a disappointing and shock defeat in the first leg to the Portuguese side, with Spurs’ mix of youth and experience failing to even register a shot on target last time out.
Espirito Santo’s side bounced back against his former side as they beat Wolves to make it two wins out of two in the Premier League, and it seems that the Portuguese manager will need to name a stronger line-up this time around if they want to advance to the group stages of UEFA’s new competition.
Spurs’ new signing Cristian Romero could still feature despite a slight knee injury, whilst Heung-min Son is also a doubt (thigh).
Cameron Carter-Vickers’ ankle injury will rule him out of contention, whilst it was also confirmed by Espirito Santo that Joe Rodon will be missing from the squad tomorrow with an injury.
Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko are set to be missing with their futures still in doubt, however the future of Harry Kane has today been settled, with the player confirming on his social media that he will remain at Spurs next season.
So, what line-up will Nuno go with against the Portuguese side? And, what will the final score be? We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction, and this is what happened…
Tottenham vs Pacos de Ferreira score predicted using FIFA 21
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 21, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
And because FIFA 22 is yet to be released with updated kits and transfers, we used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update both squads with the latest transfers made as of August 25, 2021, but unfortunately, the kits are still from last season.
We predict that Tottenham could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with the line-up as follows: Gollini; Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies; Winks, Skipp, Lo Celso; Lucas, Kane, Gil.
We predict that Pacos de Ferreira could set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with the line-up as follows: Ferreira; Fonseca, Flavio, Baixinho, Antunes; Helder, Carlos, Eustaquio, Silva; Matchoi, Pedro.
Spurs got off to the perfect start in north London after a strong spell of possession when Giovanni Lo Celso struck past Andre Ferreira and levelled the tie just 10 minutes in.
The midfielder made a driving run through the heart of Os Castores’ backline and met a threaded through ball from Kane, and the Argentinian powered into the bottom right corner from close range.
Despite the early goal, Spurs’ pressure simmered down and allowed Pacenes to get back into the game. Nuno’s side ended up paying the price for that just before the stroke of half-time as Flavio headed past Pierluigi Gollini from a corner.
The bullet header flew past the ‘keeper and put the Portuguese side ahead on aggregate, meaning Spurs needed another two goals in the second half if they were to win in normal time.
The second half got underway and Nuno’s side looked immediately better as they regained the lead through Kane. The Spurs captain raced through on goal to meet a cross from Bryan Gil, and Kane did brilliantly to volley the cross first time and past the ‘keeper at his near post.
Lucas Moura, Oliver Skipp and Ben Davies all came close for Spurs, but it was Kane once again who got on the scoresheet to get the all-important goal as Spurs took control of the tie.
Davies’ corner was met at the far post by Kane who was surprisingly unmarked, and the 28-year-old placed his header into the top corner to put Spurs 3-1 up.
Jorge Simao’s side looked exhausted by this point of the match, and the tie was settled in the last minute when Eric Dier got on the scoresheet.
The centre-half outjumped two Os Castores defenders and thumped a header in off the bar, sending the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium into an eruption of celebration.
The goal confirmed the 4-1 victory for Spurs as the full-time whistle went, with the Lilywhites winning 4-2 on aggregate.
Predicted FIFA 21 score: Tottenham 4-1Pacos de Ferreira
Here were the full-time stats:
The FIFA 21 simulation of Spurs vs Pacos de Ferreira predicted that a second-half flurry of goals will see Spurs emerge as 4-1 victors in north London and 4-2 over the two legs, guaranteeing Nuno’s sides involvement in the Europa Cnference League next season.
What do you think the score will be between Spurs and Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday? Let us know in the comments!
The successor to FIFA 21, FIFA 22, will be released in the UK and worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Source by Football London