23′ Chance for Antwerp! Refaelov elegantly skips past the challenge of Winks before smashing a powerful volley over the bar from inside the box! If he could have kept that down Tottenham would have been in trouble!
21′ Bergwijn and Lo Celso combine neatly on the edge of the area, allowing the former to drill a shot from 18 yards that goes a few yards wide.
20′ Seck is booked after lunging in late on Bergwijn to halt a counter-attack.
18′ Winks attempts an audacious volley from 20 yards but he skews it well wide.
17′ Lo Celso is the latest player to try his luck from distance, but his curling effort sails comfortably into the arms of Butez.
15′ Antwerp win the first corner of the game and it’s swung into the near post where Gerkens rises to glance a header well wide.
13′ Vinicius knocks down a long diagonal towards Alli and the attacker attempts to pass it back to Vinicius to set him through on goal, but Seck manages to intercept.
11′ Both teams have struggled to find their rhythm so far and it’s resulted in a fragmented game.
9′ Alli jinks neatly past De Laet before attempting a clever reverse pass into the path of Vinicius that Gelin stretches to cut out.
7′ Bale lashes a shot from 30 yards, but he doesn’t get the contact he wanted and it trickles harmlessly wide.
5′ This is the very first game between these sides in European competition. Royal Antwerp have been drawn with English opposition on two previous occasions, both in the UEFA Cup; they beat Aston Villa home and away in 1975-76 but were defeated home and away by Newcastle in 1994-95.
3′ Refaelov quickly finds a pocket of space 30 yards from goal and he drives forward before hitting a wild shot high and wide.
1′ Antwerp get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
If they are to win today though, Tottenham will need to arrest a terrible recent run of form away from home in the competition. Spurs have managed just one win from their last eight away games in the UEFA Europa League (D2 L5), defeating FK Qarabag 1-0 in the 2015-16 group stages.
Spurs, on the other hand, make nine changes to the team that defeated Burnley on Monday – most likely due to the quick turnaround.
Antwerp are unchanged from the side that defeated Beerschot last time out.
SUBS: Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld, Dennis Cirkin, Jack Clarke, Harvey White, Moussa Sissoko, Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Sergio Reguilon; Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso; Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn; Carlos Vinicius.
SUBS: Aurelio Buta, Birger Verstraete, Alireza Beiranvand, Cristian Benavente Bristol, Frank Boya, Nana Ampomah.
ANTWERP (3-5-2): Jean Butez; Richie De Laet, Jeremy Gelin, Abdoulaye Seck; Koji Miyoshi, Pieter Gerkens, Faris Haroun, Martin Hongla, Simen Jukelrod; Diumerci Mbokani, Lior Refaelov.
Tottenham also started Group J by registering a win; they beat LASK 3-0 and they’ll be expecting to maintain a 100% winning record today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Europa League fixture between Antwerp and Tottenham. Antwerp enter this one in confident spirits after grabbing a crucial victory away at Ludogorets in the first matchday – if they can avoid defeat today they’ll be feeling even more excited about their chances going forward.