2019-20 UEFA Champions League: Group Stage – Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham Hotspur

After a tough trip to Everton on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur visit the Red Star Stadium as they take on Red Star Belgrade in a crucial Champions League clash. 

A win for Tottenham will boost their qualification hopes whilst Red Star can leapfrog their visitors into second in Group B with victory. 

 

Team news

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Red Star Belgrade have no injury concerns to report with a full squad available for selection. 

Tottenham will welcome captain, Harry Kane back after illness forced him to miss their 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday. 

Jan Vertonghen is also set to return from a hamstring injury that also kept him sidelined at the weekend, whilst Hugo Lloris is their only definite absentee with an elbow injury. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Red Star Belgrade have lost two of their three previous meetings with Tottenham, although they did win their only previous meeting at home in December 1972 in the UEFA Cup. 
  • None of their previous three meetings saw both teams score in the same fixture, with only the home team managing to do so. 
  • Tottenham have drawn three of their last seven away Champions League trips – excluding last season’s Final at a neutral venue (W2, D3, L2). 
  • Red Star are unbeaten in eight of ten previous home meetings with English opposition, with their only home defeats coming against Bolton in the UEFA Cup in 2007-08 UEFA Cup and Arsenal in the 2017-18 Europa League Group Stage. (W6, D2 L2)

 

Prediction

It is currently difficult to predict what type of Tottenham team to expect and that is just on form alone, although I am expecting to see a strong reaction to the tough events at Everton and particularly from Son if he features here. 

Red Star however are a difficult team to beat at home and given Tottenham’s inconsistent away form, I can see quite a few goals coming here but am going for an away win if Spurs can replicate their showing from a fortnight ago although it will be closer. 

Prediction: Red Star Belgrade 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Result: Red Star Belgrade 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

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