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Spurs vs Red Star Belgrade prediction, preview & team news

By CJ Smith

Published: 11:00, 22 October 2019

Tottenham will attempt to get themselves back on track when they host Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side laboured to a 1-1 draw against Watford at the weekend and have now won just three of their 12 games across all competitions so far.

They also lost 7-2 against Bayern Munich last time out in the Champions League and take on a Red Star team high on confidence, given that they have won all of their last six games.

Can Spurs turn their fortunes around? Or will Red Star be the latest team to pile the pressure on Pochettino?

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

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

Competition: Uefa Champions League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3

Previous meetings: Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade

13 Dec 1972: Tottenham 2-0 Red Star (Uefa Cup third round)

29 Nov 1972: Red Star 1-0 Tottenham (Uefa Cup third round)

Aggregate Score: Tottenham (WL) 2-1 Red Star Belgrade (LW)

Ones to watch

Tottenham: Harry Kane

If Spurs are to turn this wretched start to the season around, they’re going to need some big performances from captain and talisman Harry Kane.

The 26-year-old was fantastic under difficult circumstances for England last week, scoring once and providing three assists as the Three Lions crushed Bulgaria 6-0 but was unable to register a goal as Spurs stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Watford.

Pochettino will be relying on his main man on Tuesday.

Key stat: Kane has scored more goals in the Premier League and Champions League combined (7) than any other Spurs player this season.

Red Star Belgrade: Marko Marin

Once of Chelsea, Marko Marin is now a key figure in this Red Star side, scoring seven goals and assisting a further 13 last season.

The German has already notched two goals and seven assists this term and although he may have lost the pace he had in his youth, Marin is no less creative. If Red Star are to get a result in north London, he’ll likely play a big role.

Key stat: Marin has created more chances in the Champions League group stages (7) than any other Red Star player this season.

Team news


Spurs will remain without Hugo Lloris (elbow), Giovani Lo Celso (hip) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) through injury. But Christian Eriksen could return after sitting out Saturday’s draw with Watford with a dead leg. Whether he starts, though, remains to be seen.

Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Ndombele, Rose; Alli, Son; Kane.

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Red Star Belgrade

Red Star will remain without Branko Jovicic who suffered torn knee ligaments in the summer, while right-back Milan Gajic will also miss out.

Predicted XI: Borjan; Gobeljic, Milunovic, Degenek, Rodic; Jovancic, Canas, Garcia, Marin, Van La Parra; Tomane.

Squawka prediction

Spurs have been anything but convincing defensively in recent weeks and the scars of that 7-2 defeat to Bayern will surely still be showing on Tuesday night.

That said, it’s hard to see the likes of Kane and Son Heung-min being kept quiet for the entire match and eventually, their quality will shine through.

Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Red Star Belgrade