Jose Mourinho makes his return to the Europes biggest stage in only his second game in charge of Spurs. The North London side can guarantee their place in the next round of the Champions League with a win over Olympiacos.
The Greek side have only secured one point in the qualification rounds when they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the reverse fixture of this. They can still finish third in the group however are in need of a win on Tuesday – which means they could come all guns blazing. Let’s take a look at where the best bets for this game are.
Tottenham vs Olympiacos – Champions League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: Tune in to the live-action on BT Sport 2. This game will also be streamed live online via the BT app and website.
Tottenham vs Olympiacos – The Form Guide
Jose Mourinho’s reign as Tottenham's Head Coach started with a win. His side were 3-0 up and cruising against West Ham on Saturday and everything was looking peachy for Mourinho in his new position. However, two late goals and a disallowed goal from The Hammers was a stern reminder as to why The Portuguese was now employed and his predecessor was gone.
Spurs have talent in abundance in their team but have been guilty of sloppy play this season. This will give Olympiacos the glimmer of hope they need.
The Greek giants were 2-0 down at home to Spurs when they fought back to claim a 2-2 draw in the opening round of fixtures. Aside from that draw, Olympiacos have lost 10 of their last 12 Champions League games with another draw making up the numbers.
This means that they are without a win in 12 Champions League games; a run that looks likely to be extended.
What is the Team News?
Mourinho has questioned Christian Eriksen’s commitment to the club and left him out of the starting 11 at the weekend. The Dane came on for a 10-minute cameo but did little to convince his boss that his heart was really in it. We suspect he will be heading for the exit as soon as the transfer window opens and is unlikely to start on Tuesday.
Dele Alli put in a man of the match performance against the Hammers in an impressive performance and looks set to start.
Tanguy Ndombele is a doubt after suffering a groin injury. He is expected to return to the squad, and very possibly will start.
Defender Jan Vertonghen is suffering from a thigh problem and therefore will likely miss out.
Similarly, Ben Davies was subbed off against West Ham and is a doubt for the match.
Furthermore, Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Erik Lamela remain sidelined.
In the other dugout, Pedro Martins has almost a fully fit squad to pick from. Midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis is the only notable omission. Although, he has been out of the team since July.
Tottenham Predicted line-up: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Dier, Winks, Alli; Lucas, Son; Kane
Olympiacos Predicted line-up: Sa; Omar, Meriah, Semedo, Tsimikas; Guilherme, Camara, Andreas; Podence, Masouras, El Arabi
Tottenham vs Olympiacos Latest Odds
Spurs are strong favourites to win at 7/25 (1.28) and justify those odds. Given the players they have at their disposal, The Lilywhites should win this game by some margin. Mourinho has the luxury of being handed a team that are in a good position to qualify and will be keen to have this ticked off his list of things to do.
Olympiacos need to win, but we can’t see them doing so, and we’re not the only ones. LeoVegas have them priced at 19/2 (10.5) to get their first Champions League win in 13 attempts. If you think that the draw is on, you’ll get a healthy 5/1 (6.0).
Tottenham vs Olympiacos Score Prediction
With such short odds on Spurs to win, a correct-score market could be the place to look for some value. Tottenham scores an average of 1.7 goals at home this season, but last year that was 2.6. Against weaker opposition, and with players looking to make an impression on their new boss, we can see goals for Spurs.
Mourinho likely gave his team hell after letting in two late goals at the weekend, so we think that they will also be keeping it tight at the back,
With this in mind, we’re going to go for a 3-0 win to Spurs. Get 7/1 for 3-0 at LeoVegas.
Tottenham vs Olympiacos Betting Tip
Tottenham should win this, and we’re assuming that do. A 3-0 correct score sounds like a great bet, but of course, anything can happen. Indications suggest Mourinho will start Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min in the wide positions, meaning his side will be lethal from the wings. With Dele Alli finding terrific form this could give him some creative movement thought he middle and give him a decent chance to find the net. Because of this, we’re going for him to score at any time during the game. This is currently 2/1 (3.0) with LeoVegas.
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