Tottenham will look to consolidate first in Group D of the Champions League and confirm knockout qualification when they welcome Sporting to north London on Wednesday night (8pm kick-off, UK time).
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- UK: BT Sport 3
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Just one point currently separates Antonio Conte’s group-topping side from Wednesday’s opponents, Sporting, so the emphasis on this game for both clubs is potentially season-defining. Spurs come into this contest off the back of beating last season’s Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2, while the 2020/21 Portuguese champions are caught in the riptide of a two-game losing run in Europe and could do with a moral-boosting result to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Tottenham team news
Dejan Kulusevski is struggling to overcome a thigh injury that has sidelined him since mid September, and there are even suggestions he may not return until after the World Cup. Richarlison is also out of action with a calf issue, but he is nearing a return to full fitness, though Wednesday has certainly come too soon. In more positive news, Cristian Romero is expected to return here after missing the weekend’s defeat to Newcastle, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is also set for a recall after sitting out Sunday’s concerning Premier League loss.
Sporting team news
Ricardo Esgaio and Pedro Goncalves are suspended after getting sent off against Marseille at home last time out. Antonio Adan, who was sent off in the game prior against Marseille away, returns here. Injury wise, Luis Neto, Daniel Braganca and Chico Lamba are all out of contention for Ruben Amorim, while captain and defensive talisman Sebastian Coates is also set to remain on the treatment tables.
With Goncalves out of contention, Sporting have a huge attacking void that will need to be filled. The likes of Marcus Edwards and Francisco Trincao will certainly look to remedy his absence, offering a blend of elite-level attacking traits.
One player who has been tipped to join that attacking trio in the coming months is academy graduate Cristiano Ronaldo, but Amorim has recently rubbished reports of a homecoming, suggesting Sporting do no possess the financial clout to offer Manchester United’s wantaway star an escape hatch.
“Ronaldo is a top player, a Manchester United player,” Amorim told reporters. “I’m going to respond the same way as a lot of journalists in Portugal ask me that question a lot. He is a Manchester United player.
“Everybody in Sporting dreams of the return for Cristiano, but we don’t have the money to pay his wages. I think he is happy in Manchester but is not playing so that is the problem.”
Champions League 2022/23 recent form:
- Tottenham: WDLW
- Sporting: LLWW
Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Sporting
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