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Spurs' record in Europe:-
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U.E.F.A Champions League
 P  W   D   L   F - A
45 19   9  17  82 - 68

(Finalists 2019)
European Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
8   4   1   3  21 - 13
(Semi-Finalists 1962)
European Cup Winners Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
33  20  5   8  65 - 34
(Winners 1963)
UEFA Cup/Europa League
 P    W   D   L   F - A
153  88  37  28  313-134 

(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)

Europa Conference League
 P    W   D   L   F - A
 6    3   1   2  13 - 7  
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 P   W   D   L   F - A
245 134 53  58  494-256

Europa Conference League Group G

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Rennes     4  3  1  0   7-4    3   10 
 2. Spurs      4  2  1  1  10-6    4    7
 3. Vitesse    4  2  0  2   6-5    1    6
 4. NS Mura    4  0  0  4   2-10  -8    0   

Spurs must beat wooden spoon team

Harry Kane's goal-scoring ratio has not been great for Spurs recently, in terms of minutes played per goals scored, but it was excellent on the night we played NS Mura at home. Kane replaced rookie Dane Scarlett after 59 minutes when we were just 2-1 up after Mura's Ziga Kous had put the Slovenian team back in the game with a 52nd minute goal. A Dele Alli penalty and 8th minute goal by Giovani Lo Celso had made it look as if this would be a comfortable win, but it took a Kane hat-trick in the last 22 minutes to give us the convincing win we wanted. With a crunch game at home to Rennes in December, a win here is imperative.

Mura have lost every one of their four group games, but the 5-1 defeat to Spurs was the biggest defeat in which they conceded half of their ten goals against. They sit fifth in their 10-team domestic league, and it is hardly feasible that Spurs will do any thing other than win this game, is it? The Slovenian team have won only one of their last eleven games at home and in Europe. That win was a tight 3-2 against Aluminij, who are currently at the bottom of the table. The form which won the Priva League last season has disappeared.

The team that Mura pipped to the title last season - on goal difference - was Maribor. They achieved a 3-1 away win in the last game in the Stadion Ljudski Maribor where Mura have to play their European home games. The only crowd figure I have found from their two Group G games to date was 3,300 for the game against Vitesse. When Spurs visited the stadium for a Europa League game in October 2012 the crowd figure was 13,000. The atmosphere tomorrow night is hardly likely to be intimidating. Incidentally that game was Hugo Lloris's fourth for Spurs, three of which had been in the Europa League. Hugo has now made a total of 386 appearances for Spurs.

Spurs had a training session this morning at Hotspur Way before travelling to Slovenia. Apparently Steven Bergwijn has not travelled, but Spurs have sent an otherwise strong squad which does not include the injured Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Dane Scarlett. I hope for a strong team to start and to secure the win, enabling others to take their places well before the end of the game. I'll go for a 3-0 win. It could be more. The game is being televised by BT SPORT here in the UK and kicks off at 5.45pm GMT. I am not travelling to this game, but will nonetheless report for Spurs Odyssey.

The referee and his on-field team are all from Portugal. We have not encountered Antonio Nobre before. he is 33 years old, and was in charge of Mura's Champions League qualifier in July when they beat Shkendija away. Mura went on to lose their second qualifying game and ultimately dropped down to the Europa Conference League. Earlier this month Mr. Nobre refereed a couple of U-19 Euro qualifiers, both of which involved Croatia.

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