Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Spurs kick off their European campaign this week with their first Champions League Group B game against Olympiacos. Spurs will be hoping to one further this year after falling at the last hurdle last time around, being beat by Liverpool in the final in Madrid.

Spurs come into this game full of confidence after putting four first half goals past Crystal Palace at the weekend with the team looking back to their best so they’ll be hopeful of capitalising on the bit of momentum they now have. Son Heung-min converted twice for Spurs and the South Korean will be looking to continue his goal scoring form.

Olympiacos have had a good start to the season in the Greek Super League. They’ve won their opening three games and top the table whilst being the only club in the division yet to concede a goal. They’ll come into this game full of confidence, hoping that their hostile home environment is enough to get a result against Spurs. Olympiacos came through three rounds of qualifying to book their place in Champions League Group B so the Greek side are no pushovers and Spurs will know, there’s no easy away game in this competition.

Spurs will feel it’s a winnable game as long as they keep things tight going into the second half and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Mauricio Pochettino set his side up a little more defensively for this Champions League clash. Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur on 18th September at 17:55 is being broadcast live on BT Sport.

Team News

Spurs will be without summer signing Giovani Lo Celso after a groin injury he picked up on international duty with Argentina. Davinson Sanchez and Kyle Walker-Peters also still have injury concerns but with Serge Aurier gaining two assists against the game at Crystal Palace, it would be harsh to drop the full-back.

It’s a busy week for Spurs so we could seem some rotation in the team. Tanguy Ndombele featured at the weekend after coming back from a thigh strain so he looks set to start whilst Dele Alli will be knocking on Pochettino’s door too having returned to full fitness.

Konstantinos Fortounis has been a key player for Olympiacos but he hasn’t featured this season and won’t against Spurs after the playmaker tore his ACL in July which is a huge boost for Spurs for this match.

Olympiacos are also without Portuguese centre-back Ruben Semedo for the games vs Spurs. Semedo was once charged for attempted murder in Spain but was released from prison having paid £30,000 in bail money.

Managers Thoughts

Mauricio Pochettino after Crystal Palace win: “It was such an important performance for us to start to build our belief and start to win games because in the Premier League, we need to be in a good position.

“Now we need to keep pushing the squad… not to play well or not so well, I’m not talking about performance, I’m talking about the will, the intensity, the togetherness. That is the challenge, to be all together and fighting for big things.”

How We See It

It’s going to be a tough game for Spurs and they can’t approach this game with any complacency. As long as Spurs are strong and organised defensively they’ll weather the initial Olympiacos storm and grown into the game and hopefully get the three points. It would be a tremendous start to the group if they could come away from Greece with all three points in the opening match of the Champions League Group B. We’re going Spurs, 1-0. It would do Kane the world of good if he could get the winning goal too. COYS!

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