Tottenham Hotspur vs Olympiacos Match Preview

Spurs take on Olympiacos in their final home Champions League tonight as they look to qualify out of the group and into the knockout stages of the European competition. Tottenham Hotspur can seal qualification with a win against the Greek side.

The Portuguese era at Spurs is well and truly underway after Tottenham picked up their first away win of the season in the Premier League on Saturday as they beat West Ham United 3-2 at the London Stadium. Spurs looked a better offensive outfit under Mourinho’s guidance and dominated large spells of the game. If it wasn’t for the defensive frailties appearing in the final 20 minutes then it would’ve been the perfect away performance for Spurs. They completely nullified the threat of West Ham for large parts and attacked with real venom – looking likely to score every time they got forward. Overall, a better performance and we expect a lot more to come.

Olympiacos will prove to be a different kind of test for Spurs but by no means any easier. Olympiacos are a side in form and are yet to lose in the league this season. It’s a lot poorer league than the Premier League but Olympiacos are a side who are used to winning and that is dangerous for Spurs.

Jose Mourinho has already stated that he doesn’t feel Spurs can win the Champions League this season but that won’t stop him from wanting to advance into the latter stages of the competition. Spurs can qualify through the second-place spot but will then face the top-seeded teams out of the other Champions League groups.

Spurs Team News

Spurs will be without Tanguy Ndombele as he remains a doubt having picked up a strain against Sheffield United. Spurs’ record signing has struggled for fitness this season so they won’t want to rush him straight back into action. Ben Davies came off against West Ham for Danny Rose so we could see them changing around. It’s thought that Mourinho won’t make too many changes from the side that won at the weekend.

Olympiacos Team News

The only longstanding injury Olympiacos have is Konstantinos Fortounis who’s out with a serious knee injury.

Spurs v Olympiacos: Previous Fixture

Spurs squandered a two-goal lead away to Olympiacos earlier on in the season. It was a typical Spurs performance as they’d been throwing away leads all season under Mauricio Pochettino. Goals from Kane and Lucas Moura weren’t enough to stop the Olympiacos fight back in September. The task shouldn’t be as difficult this time around.

Our Prediction

We fully expect the Jose Mourinho train to continue to gather momentum and we can’t look past a Spurs win for the game against Olympiacos. Mourinho will be desperate to make a lasting impression on his first outing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

 

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