Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Tottenham Hotspur vs Red Star Belgrade and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday's clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
- 2019/2020 Season Profit & Loss: +27.55pts
Tottenham v Red Star Belgrade Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 22/10/19
- Time: 20:00pm
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport 3
Out of sorts Spurs will hope to get back to winning ways as they welcome Serbian champions Crvena Zvedza (Red Star Belgrade) to North London. Mauricio Pochettino will want to banish recent memories of the 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich last time out as the Spurs go searching for their first 3 points of their champions league campaign.
It's hard to have too much faith in them at this current moment in time, they're desperately lacking ideas and invention in the final third and it's proving to their detriment. A disappointing draw with Watford at the weekend made it just 1 in win in their last 7 in all competitions and Poch is failing to get a tune out of his key players.
There is a strange atmosphere at the club and players don't seem committed to the cause. It was always a worry that Daniel Levy's tight approach to wage requirements would force that their players would demand greater pay or a move away once the club we're well established in Europe and it's now proving the case to some degree. They should still qualify from their group but they've made it much tougher than it should've been.
Red Star benefited from an Olympiacos red card on matchday 2 to come from behind to win in the Serbian capital. It was a huge win for them and they'll fancy their chances against anyone on home soil. Their record away from home in Europe isn't great though and they're usually pitted in the Europa league however they'll relish their chance to get against high profile competition.
They're probably likely to sit back and defend in a low block, something Spurs have struggled to break through with their lack of creativity going forward. It may be slightly forced with key striker Richard Boakye being ruled out, without him they lose a chief goal threat so a point would be seen as an excellent result here.
Spurs are without Hugo Lloris and also have doubts over Christian Eriksen, Ryan Sessengnon and Giovanni Lo Celso.
Crvena Zvedza are without the aforementioned Boakye as well as Branko Jovacic and Milan Gajic.
Potential Tottenham Hotspur XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Verthongen, Rose, Winks, N'Dombele, Lamela, Alli, Son, Kane
Potential Crvena Zvedza XI: Borjan, Gobeljic, Milunovic, Degenek, Rodic, Jovancic, Canas, Garcia, Marin, Van La Parra, Tomane.
Key Stats & Facts
- Spurs have won just once in their last seven games (all comps).
- Red Star have won their last five games.
- Spurs have won just three times this season.
- Tottenham Hotspur – 2/7
- Draw – 11/2
- Red Star Belgrade – 11/1
I find it hard to support Spurs at such skinny quotes and I was tempted to take them on with their visitors available at 10/11 with a +1.75 start on the asian handicap, however there is a gulf in quality here and I ideally wanted a backable price on +2.
Instead I've manufactured an odds-against bet using William Hill's handy #YourOdds feature. This is a bet you have to input yourself and it's and amalgamation of a few bets so hear me out. ‘Under 4.5 goals, Over 1.5 Red Star Belgrade cards, Over 1.5 Spurs corners in both halves' can be backed at 23/20 and I like the look of that.
As I've said I'm not expecting an avalanche of goals here and would be surprised if the visitors had the attacking potential to score. Spurs aren't firing at the minute and they may well find it tough to get plenty of goals and 5 or more is a high threshold. Red Star have already picked up 7 cards in their opening two games and you'd imagine they'll have little of the ball here and pick up at least a couple of cautions. Spurs like to get their full-backs forward and they will have a lot of the ball in their attacking half, they should pick up two or more corners in both halves.