Tottenham must overcome a 1-0 deficit to keep their European football hopes alive on Thursday night, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side hosting Pacos de Ferreira in the final round of European Conference League qualification.
It was a disappointing and shocking first-leg loss to the Portuguese, with Spurs’ mix of youth and experience failing to even register a shot on target last time out.
Espirito Santo’s side bounced back from his former side as they beat Wolves to claim two wins from two in the Premier League, and it looks like the Portuguese manager will have to name a stronger formation this time around if he wants to move forward. in the group stages of the new UEFA competition.
Spurs new signing Cristian Romero could still feature despite a minor knee injury, while Heung-min Son is also doubtful (thigh).
Cameron Carter-Vickers’ ankle injury will rule him out, while Espirito Santo has also confirmed that Joe Rodon will be out of the squad tomorrow through injury.
Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko are set to miss out with their futures still uncertain but Harry Kane’s future is now settled with the player confirming on his social media that he will stay at Spurs next season.
So, what roster will Nuno go with against the Portuguese team? And, what will be the final score? We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction, and that’s what happened…
Tottenham’s score against Pacos de Ferreira is predicted with FIFA 21
We used kick off mode in FIFA 21, but we didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match unfold on its own, to give us a score prediction.
And since FIFA 22 has not yet released with updated kits and transfers, we have used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update both teams with the latest transfers made as of August 25, 2021 , but unfortunately the kits are still from last season.
We predict that Tottenham could settle in a 4-3-3 formation, with the following composition: Gollini; Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies; Winks, Skipp, Lo Celso; Lucas, Kane, Gil.
We predict that Pacos de Ferreira could settle in a 4-4-2 formation, with the following line-up: 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 passed Andre Ferreira and equalized just 10 minutes out.
The midfielder made a run through the heart of Os Castores’ back line and met a through ball from Kane, and the Argentine powered into the bottom right corner from close range.
Despite the first goal, the pressure from Spurs eased and allowed Pacenes to get back into the game. Nuno’s side ended up paying the price just before the half-time mark as Flavio passed Pierluigi Gollini from a corner.
The header flew past the keeper and gave the Portuguese side the lead on aggregate, meaning Spurs needed two more second-half goals if they were to win in normal time.
The second half started and Nuno’s side immediately looked better as they regained the lead through Kane. The Spurs captain ran on goal to meet a cross from Bryan Gil, and Kane brilliantly stole the first cross and passed the keeper to 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 score the all-important goal as Spurs took control of the game .
Davies’ corner was met at the far post by Kane who was surprisingly unmarked, and the 28-year-old headed into the top corner to put Spurs 3-1 up.
Jorge Simao’s side looked exhausted by that point in the game, and the tie was settled at the last minute when Eric Dier got on the scoresheet.
The centre-half edged past two Os Castores defenders and launched a header over the bar, sending the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium into a celebratory eruption.
The goal confirmed Spurs’ 4-1 victory on the full-time whistle, with the Lilywhites winning 4-2 on aggregate.
Predicted score on FIFA 21: Tottenham 4-1Pacos de Ferreira
Here are the full-time stats:
Spurs v Pacos de Ferreira’s FIFA 21 simulation predicted a flurry of second-half goals will see Spurs emerge as 4-1 winners in north London and 4-2 over both legs, guaranteeing involvement of Nuno’s teams in the Europa League Cnference next season.
How do you think Spurs will score against Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday? Let us know in the comments!
FIFA 21’s successor, FIFA 22, will be released in the UK and worldwide on Friday 1st October 2021.