Last season’s Champions League runners-up Tottenham begin their 2019-20 cycle with a trip to Piraeus to face Olympiacos on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not had a straightforward start to the season but a thumping 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend will have boosted confidence around the club.
Olympiacos, meanwhile, can promise a white-hot welcome for Spurs and after a 5-0 cruise against Volos in the Greek Super League on Saturday, they too have plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
|Game||Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur|
|Date||Wednesday, September 18|
|Time||5:55pm BST / 12:55pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|TNT USA / UniMas / TUDN USA||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2 and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Sa, Allain, Karargyris|
|Defenders||Semedo, Elabdellaoui, Meriah, Tsimikas, Papadopoulos, Torosidis, Cisse, Gaspar|
|Midfielders||Camara, Bouchalakis, Benzia, Guilherme, Podence, Masouras, Lovera, Valbuena, Randjelovic|
|Forwards||Guerrero, El Arabi|
Key man Kostas Fortounis is missing for Olympiacos, having suffered a serious knee injury in July that is set to keep him out until early 2020.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is also missing for the hosts but defender Ruben Semedo has been be cleared for action.
Olympiacos starting XI: Sa, Elabdellaoui, Meriah, Semedo, Tsimikas, Guilherme, Bouchalakis, Podence, Valbuena, Masouras, Guerrero.
|Position||Tottenham Hotspur squad|
|Defenders||Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Davies|
|Midfielders||Winks, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Ndombele, Skipp, Lamela|
|Forwards||Kane, Son, Lucas, Parrott|
Tottenham will have to do without Juan Foyth, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon for their trip to Greece. Furthermore, there are lingering concerns over Davinson Sanchez’s match readiness after a recent injury, although the defender will start.
Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Ndombele, Lucas, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
Betting & Match Odds
Tottenham are 19/20 favourites to leave Greece with maximum points, according to bet365 . The home side are available to back at 29/10, while a draw is on offer at 5/2.
Tottenham face a trip to one of the most notoriously difficult venues in European football as they open their Champions League campaign with a match against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side thrived in the competition last term, reaching the final only to suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Nevertheless, they accounted for Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax along the way.
Spurs seemed to spend much of their run last year flirting with the exit. They needed a last-gasp goal to see off the Dutch side in the semi-finals, a controversial VAR call at the death to dispatch City and muddled their way through their group after a disastrous start.
Pochettino will be aiming for a smoother passage this time around and was buoyed by the manner in which Palace were swatted away at the weekend, with all four goals in a 4-0 win coming in the first half.
“The performance showed we are a good team,” he said. “I'm so happy for the team and happy to build for a really good 21 days, with six games ahead.
“We need to improve a lot and be consistent. There's a lot of work to do.”
Olympiacos, meanwhile, have made a formidable start to the season, showing they are not a side to be treated lightly.
They have won eight of their nine competitive matches this season and have conceded just a solitary goal.
In Champions League qualifying, they were especially impressive at home, easing past Viktoria Plzen 4-0, defeating Basaksehir 2-0 and hammering Krasnodar 4-0 thanks to a flurry of late strikes.
Veteran attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has especially been a player in form, scoring three goals in nine outings this season and laying on another six. The Frenchman has had habit of grabbing vital Champions League goals in the past, notably scoring Marseille’s winner in a 1-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield in 2007.
Backed by a passionate support, they are not a side that can afford to be discounted.