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Red Star vs Spurs preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Mohamed Moallim

Red Star-Spurs preview

Published: 12:21, 6 November 2019

Tottenham Hotspur know a place in the Champions League knockout stages will be within reach if they beat Red Star in Belgrade.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men put on their best performance of the season when they ran out 5-0 winners at home against the Serbian champions last month.

Red Star, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 14 matches at home – which includes a 3-1 win over Group B rivals Olympiakos – and they will be hoping the hostile atmosphere awaiting Spurs could play into their hands.

Read on for Red Star v Spurs predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Red Star vs Spurs and where can I watch live?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Stadion Rajko Mitić

Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2

Form guide

Red Star (WWWLW)

02 November 2019: Proleter Novi Sad 0-2 Red Star (SuperLiga)

30 October 2019: Red Star 3-1 Bačka Topola (SuperLiga)

26 October 2019: Radnik Surdulica 0-5 Red Star (SuperLiga)

22 October 2019: Spurs 5-0 Red Star (Champions League)

18 October 2019: Red Star 3-1 Rad Beograd (SuperLiga)

Spurs (DLWDL)

03 November 2019: Everton 1-1 Spurs (Premier League)

27 October 2019: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)

22 October 2019: Spurs 5-0 Red Star (Champions League)

19 October 2019: Spurs 1-1 Watford (Premier League)

05 October 2019: Brighton 3-0 Spurs (Premier League)

Ones to watch

Red Star: Marko Marin

It seems like it was only yesterday that Marko Marin was being heralded as German football’s bright new hope. The former Werder Bremen star would subsequently join Chelsea before embarking on an interesting, but journeyman, career.

He’s since gone on to play in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Turkey and Greece. Now plying his trade in Serbia, the 30-year-old forward represents the hosts’ greatest creative threat and will need to call upon all of his experience if Red Star are to damage their English visitors.

Key stat: Marko Marin averages 4.3 chances created per 90 minutes in the Champions League.

Spurs: Dele Alli

A lot has been written about Dele Alli of late and the England midfielder recently answered those critics in Spurs’ latest Premier League draw at Everton, where his old self began to re-emerge. There’s a chance Pochettino could be without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for the Serbia trip so all eyes will be on the midfielder to spearhead their attack.

Key stat: Dele Alli is currently on a 15-match goalless streak in the Champions League.

Team news

Red Star

Richmond Boakye made a return for Red Star at the weekend and should be named in the squad but Branko Jovicic will miss out. Two ex-Premier League stars in the guise of Rajiv van La Parra and Marin are expected to line up for Crvena Zvezda.

Predicted XI: Borjan; Gobeljić, Milunović, Degenek, Rodić; Cañas, Jovančić; García, Marin, Van la Parra; Tomané.

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Kane (illness) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) are both doubts for Spurs, while Hugo Lloris has been ruled out until 2020. Erik Lamela will also undergo a fitness test after missing the recent draw at Everton. It remains to be seen whether Son will feature after the traumatic incident involving Andre Gomes at Goodison Park, although he has travelled.

Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier; Sánchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Ndombélé; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Moura.

Squawka prediction

The raucous atmosphere could be a leveller here, with Spurs struggling during recent away trips. However, there’s still a gap in quality between the sides and Pochettino’s men should edge this one.

Scoreline prediction: Red Star 1-3 Spurs

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