Crvena Zvezda v Tottenham : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published 3 months ago by: Olusanya Akinrinola
at 5-11-2019 09:17PM (3 months ago)

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Date :Wednesday 6th, November
Stadium Stadion Rajko Mitic
Referee Carlos del Cerro (Spain)
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Crvena Zvezda
With Milan Pavkov leading the line, backed up by an attacking midfield trio of former Chelsea player Marko Marin, Rajiv van La Parra and exciting youngster Mateo Garcia, Red Star possess a dangerous counter-attacking unit capable of hurting teams that fail to take their chances.

Moreover, as a club with 29 league titles, including four since 2014, Red Star is a team that is obsessed with and rather used to winning games - especially at home.

Indeed, while Spurs may feel as if their last domestic away win was a long time ago, Red Star supporters last saw their team lose to another Serbian side at home all the way back in May 2016, with only Ludogorets, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal winning there in Europe since that day.

In other words, Spurs will be met with a wall of noise and defiance reminiscent of a cup final atmosphere on Wednesday, and if recent results are anything to go by, that could prove to be sufficient for nullifying a team that has too often looked lost away from home this season.
Red Star have no major injury problems to worry about and head into this game with a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Manager Vladan Milojevic looks likely to use key attacking duo Pakvov and Veljko Simic after bringing both players off during the club's 2-0 win over Proleter Novi Sad, with Marin also expected to feature.

Red Star Belgrade possible starting lineup:
Borjan; Gobeljic, Milunovic, Degenek, Rodic; Vulic, Canas; Simic, Marin, Garcia; Pakvov
Recent Red Star Belgrade form: WWLWWW

The North London side would have felt a powerful sense of deflation when Everton striker Cenk Tosun robbed them of an away win with a 97th-minute equaliser during a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

Holding on for just a few more seconds would have given Spurs their first domestic away victory since January 20 - a run of 15 games in total.

As Spurs continue to fester in the bottom half of the table, it is difficult to ignore the question of whether this team, perhaps exhausted and numbed by the methods of Pochettino, has lost its collective spine.

Indeed, it may be no coincidence that the inner mettle that helped to guide Spurs to last season's Champions League final - something personified by performances away at Manchester City and Ajax - has been exactly what is missing from performances on the road this term.

The trip to a raucous Rajko Mitic Stadium on Wednesday, therefore, will give the watching world a useful indication of how much durability is actually left in a team that is perhaps no longer properly responding to the philosophy of their manager.

A defeat in such a game - against a team that Spurs should beat - can often serve as the final straw for a manager whose future is under intense speculation.
Pochettino only needs to look back at how Red Star deservedly claimed a 2-0 victory over eventual Champions League winners Liverpool in the group stages last season to know that an upset could certainly be on the cards.
Pochettino's only long-term injury concern remains his captain Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman suffered an elbow injury last month that is set to keep him out of action until 2020.
Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen are both expected to return to the squad after missing Sunday's clash with Everton due to respective illness and thigh problems.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Sissoko; Lamela, Dele, Son; Kane
Recent Tottenham Hotspur form: LLDWLD

Prediction: Red Star Belgrade 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
It is difficult to imagine Spurs, having struggled so markedly away from home for so long, cruising to victory over such determined, confident opponents against the backdrop of a hostile atmosphere.

Pochettino's side should have enough of the ball to force an opener, but Red Star's counter-attacking style may yield an equaliser against a team that feels quite fragile at this moment in time.