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Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiakos

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019


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Punter's Pick

Spurs should take advantage of a weak opponent and be winning at both half-time and full-time – back them accordingly at ⅚ with Bet365 to do so. Lucas Moura loves a Champions League goal and should find the opposition defence to his liking – the Brazilian is 6/5 with Betfair to find the net anytime.

 

 

Jose Mourinho leads his Tottenham side out at home for the first time as they welcome Olympiakos to London in what on paper looks like a relatively straightforward encounter for the hosts.

Woeful visitors surely offer no threat?

Spurs’ new manager could have hardly hand picked better opposition to kick off his home reign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the Greek side as usual flattering to deceive in the Champions League. Currently bottom of the table with a solitary point from four games, only a minor miracle will see Olympiakos progress to the knockout stages. More realistically the best they can hope to achieve is third place and a route into the Europa League, but a fourth successive defeat in the competition could end their hopes of competing in Europe for another season.

The Greek team’s struggles in the Champions League is systematic of the current uncompetitive state of the top flight back home – champions PAOK and second placed Olympiakos finished a massive 23 and 18 points clear of third placed AEK Athens respectively last season, yet neither side has made much of an impression in Europe so far this season. The current campaign is following a similar pattern, with Olympiakos and PAOK locked on 27 points apiece at the top, already 9 points clear of third placed AEK Athens.

Mourinho appointment brings instant change in tactics?

One striking element of Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge on Saturday at West Ham United was the shift from playing out from the back from goal kicks to kicking it long up towards Harry Kane and trying to build from there. Spurs have on more than one occasion conceded goals under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino trying to elaborately and lavishly play out from the back and being pressed into mistakes. Mourinho has never been known to favour this approach, usually preferring to play off a physical number 9 (think Didier Drogba,Romelu Lukaku, Diego Costa etc.) and it looks like Harry Kane can expect to battle for a lot more balls in the coming months.

The inherent problem with this will be if Kane cannot muscle big imposing defenders out of the way, Spurs could be even more vulnerable at the back as the ball comes back quickly at them. Eric Dier has been brought in to play anchor in midfield to shield the back four, but with a raft of attackers in front of him it will be interesting to see how Spurs fare against the likes of Manchester City or Liverpool with this new approach.

Team News

Spurs have an injury doubt over Ben Davies, who came off against West Ham with an ankle injury with Danny Rose is on standby to cover at left back. Further up the field no changes are expected from the side that won 3-2 at the weekend, with Christian Eriksen unlikely to dislodge any of the three attackers playing behind Harry Kane.

Routine home win for hosts

The Greek side put up a decent showing in the 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich last time out, although in truth the German giants barely had to move out of second gear as they cruised to all three points. With a reinvigorated side eager to impress their new manager, the visitors may find Spurs in slightly less charitable mood and will do well to keep the scoreline to a similar level.

Punter's Pick

Spurs should take advantage of a weak opponent and be winning at both half-time and full-time – back them accordingly at ⅚ with Bet365 to do so. Lucas Moura loves a Champions League goal and should find the opposition defence to his liking – the Brazilian is 6/5 with Betfair to find the net anytime.

 

 

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