Crvena Zvezda vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match preview
Crvena Zvezda wants to get revenge for a big 5-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in a previous Champions League game. The players of this team will have a chance to do so in front of their fans.
Tottenham has shown its strength in London, though the Serbs have had the opportunity to soften the defeat, which still seems overwhelming and not well deserved. However, Tottenham has now jumped to second place in Group B and have four points, while Crvena Zvezda is in third place with three points.
Bayern Munich tops the group with nine points after three games and the Greek Olympiacos in the bottom with one point.
Crvena Zvezda team news:
The defeat against Tottenham was first after six consecutive victories and it can be said that it didn’t shake them. Namely, team responded with two victories in the domestic championship, scoring eight goals in those two games.
Vladan Milojevic’s team is unbeaten in front of their fans this season. In 12 games, they have achieved ten wins and played two draws, both in Champions League qualifying. This team has won the last five games at Rajko Mitic Stadium.
Vladan Milojevic can’t count on striker Richmond Boakye, while other players are healthy and ready to face Tottenham. Captain Marko Marin is the main player in the middle of the field and will start all teams action. Marin has three goals and seven assists this season and an aggressive target on offense should be Milan Pavkov.
Pavkov did not start the match in London because Tomane gained the advantage but it seems that the high striker is better than the Portuguese and with his constitution can make more problems to Tottenham. Pavkov has eight goals in 16 games this season versus Tomane’s four.
Probable lineup: Borjan, Rodic, Degenek, Milunovic, Gobeljic, Jovancic, Cañas, Parra, Marin, García, Tomané.
Tottenham Hotspur team news:
Although it seemed that a 5-0 victory over Crvena Zvezda would be a turning point in Tottenham’s season, they lost their next Premier League match to Liverpool leader Anfield. It was their third defeat in the last five games. Tottenham has just four wins in 14 games this season, which is too little for a team of this experience and quality.
They have won no away games this season and have failed to score in two of their previous three away games.
Maurizio Pochettino will be without captain and first goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who is recovering from an elbow injury and will not return any time soon. Paulo Gazzaniga, who had as many as 12 successful defenses in the defeat to Liverpool, will play. Giovani Lo Celso could get a chance after returning to the field from a hip injury, while Ryan Sessegnoni is out of competition due to a muscle injury.
As usual, Tottenham’s most dangerous player will be Harry Kane, who has scored ten goals in 13 games this season. He and Heung-min Son are a great offensive tandem, as evidenced in these teams’ last duel as the two have scored four of Tottenham’s five goals. Son has three goals in three Champions League games.
Probable lineup: Gazzaniga, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Winks, Ndombele, Moura, Celso, Sissoko, Kane
Tottenham are desperate in away games this season as Crvena Zvezda is fantastic in front of their fans and still have not suffered a home defeat. They know that only a positive result can keep them in the race for second place in the group and that defeat is not an option. A big defeat of 5-0 in the previous duel is a big motive for them to show what it knows and come to revenge.
Although the “Roosters” are favorites to get three points and thus make it easier for them to enter the knockout phase, four consecutive away defeats are no coincidence. Even a win of Crvena Zvezda would not come as a big surprise.
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