Predicted Spurs XI to face Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League
Mauricio Pochettino now turns his attention to the UEFA Champions League, with last year’s finalists set to kick start their European campaign this time around with a trip to Greece to face Olympiacos on Matchday 1.
The Lilywhites find themselves drawn alongside Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich and Olympiacos in Group B and Pochettino will know that three points on Matchday 1 could go a long way towards ensuring qualification to the last 16 from what looks like a tricky group on paper.
Olympiacos booked their berth in the group stages of the competition with a victory over FC Krasnodar in the playoffs and they will be looking to outwit Spurs in front of a raucous home crowd on Wednesday.
Pochettino will be without the services of his compatriots Giovani Lo Celso (groin) and Juan Foyth (ankle), while Kyle Walker-Peters and Davinson Sanchez are on the comeback trail from their spells on the sidelines.
With a difficult trip away to Leicester City coming up on Saturday, the manager might rotate his squad and opt for a few fresh faces to start against Olympiacos.
Hugo Lloris (GK)
The Frenchman has been a figure of reliability between the sticks for Spurs this season and there are hardly any questions over his role in goal.
Serge Aurier (RB)
The Ivorian put in a solid all-round performance on his return to the playing eleven against Crystal Palace this weekend and he certainly deserves another start.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
The Belgian hardly had anything to do in the comprehensive 4-0 victory over Palace but he has to be at the top of his game to cope with a potent Olympiacos attack.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Sanchez was not even in the matchday squad for the Premier League game against Palace and the veteran might continue alongside his compatriot at the heart of the defence.
Ben Davies (LB)
The Welshman is yet to start a Premier League game this term but Pochettino might want to give Danny Rose a bit of a breather for the midweek clash.
Tanguy Ndombele (CDM)
The club-record signing came on as a substitute in the Premier League on Saturday but he is likely to be in line for a starting role in the Champions League.
Moussa Sissoko (CDM)
The Frenchman has established himself as one of the mainstays of Tottenham’s midfield over the past twelve months and his work rate and well-rounded attributes are indispensable to the team.
Heung-min Son (LW)
He returned to form with a brace against Palace and Spurs will need him to make a big impact once again on Wednesday.
Dele Alli (RW)
The Englishman didn’t come off the bench in the Premier League victory over Palace but he is likely to be amongst the starters for this one.
Christian Eriksen (CAM)
Spurs will once again rely on their influential playmaker to pull the strings from a No.10 role and he has so often proven himself to be the difference-maker for the Lilywhites.
Harry Kane (ST)
Spurs will need their indispensable weapon in the final third to fire on all cylinders if they are to come away with a positive result from the trip to Greece.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Prediction and more
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Predicted XI and Score Prediction
With Liverpool’s 3-1 triumph over Newcastle United stretching the gap to five points at the top of the table in the Premier League after five rounds of fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s men now turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League.
The reigning English champions are all set to kick start their European campaign with a trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk, an opposition they should be quite familiar with after being drawn together with the Ukrainian heavyweights for the third time in a row.
As a matter of fact, this is the first time in the competition that two teams have been drawn together in the same group for three successive years since Ajax and Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Despite their dominance on the domestic front over the past decade, Man City have failed to conquer the UEFA Champions League and the Cityzens will be hoping to make a strong statement at the biggest stage of it all this time around, having crashed out of the competition in the quarter-finals against Tottenham Hotspur last year.
Drawn along with Shakhtar, Dinamo Zagreb and newcomers Atalanta in Group C, progression to the knockout stages is not expected to be a big problem for City but Pep Guardiola will be hoping for his side to return to winning ways on Matchday 1 after a shock defeat against Norwich this weekend.
To that end, the record books speak very much in favour of the English champions, with City having won three out of their last four European meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring a total of 12 goals and conceding only twice in those fixtures.
City are the outright favourites to come away with all three points on Matchday 1, although playing in front of a raucous home crowd in a hostile atmosphere in Ukraine could prove to be a challenge for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Aymeric Laporte’s injury continues to be a major headache for Pep Guardiola and it remains to be seen if the manager opts for a makeshift backline after the defensive debacle against Norwich at the weekend.
Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane are both ruled out for the clash and the travelling fans might get to see Guardiola rotating his squad and handing an opportunity to Phil Foden in place of veteran David Silva, who started in the Premier League on Saturday.
Fernandinho hasn’t had too much to do this season but the Brazilian is likely to return to the eleven to face his former club on Wednesday if the manager switches back to his preferred 4-3-3 system.
Summer recruit Joao Cancelo has only played a single minute in the Premier League but he might get a chance to impress Guardiola in the Champions League.
Ederson Moraes, Joao Cancelo, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Man City
Despite this being an away game for the Cityzens, their immense quality and depth must help them get through this fixture without much trouble.
[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Napoli – can the Reds begin their Champions League defence with a win
Predicted Liverpool XI to face Napoli in the UEFA Champions League
Liverpool preserved their perfect record in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, with those three points taking the Reds five points clear of Man City at the top of the standings.
Jurgen Klopp is now set to turn his focus to the UEFA Champions League and the reigning European champions will kick start their campaign with a trip to Napoli on Tuesday night.
Liverpool lost 1-0 away at Napoli in the group stages of the competition last year when they were drawn alongside the Serie A heavyweights, and the Reds will be alive to the possibility of a tough test once again this time around, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently in a decent run of form in the Serie A.
Divock Origi twisted his ankle against Newcastle on Saturday and he is likely to be unavailable for the midweek clash, while Alisson Becker (calf), Naby Keita (groin) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) are all ruled out.
The Spaniard has filled in Alisson’s boots quite well between the sticks and he is likely to continue in that role on Tuesday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster was outsmarted by Jetro Willems on Saturday and he will need to watch his feet against a potent Napoli attack.
Virgil van Dijk (CB)
The Dutchman is an undisputed starter for Liverpool, week in week out, and there are hardly any doubts regarding his selection in the eleven.
Joel Matip (CB)
The Cameroonian international has done a decent job for the Reds at the heart of the defence and he will be expected to continue his good work.
Andrew Robertson (LB)
The Scotsman was at the top of his game in the Premier League this weekend and Liverpool will need him to deliver the goods once again on Tuesday.
The former Monaco man has established himself as one of the mainstays of Liverpool’s midfield, with his ability to break up the play and composure to hold things together indispensable to the Reds.
James Milner (RAM)
The former England international has started only once in the Premier League this term but Klopp is likely to rotate his team on Tuesday and his experience could come in handy on the European stage.
Jordan Henderson (LAM)
Wijnaldum started against Newcastle in the previous outing, so the Englishman could be amongst the starters against the Italian giants.
Sadio Mane (RW)
The Senegalese international is currently in red-hot form after bagging a brace in the Premier League and Liverpool will bank on him to fire on all cylinders against Napoli.
Mo Salah (RW)
The Egyptian wizard is an undisputed starter for Liverpool and he will be keen to start his European campaign on a high.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
The Brazilian came up with a few moments of wizardry to guide the Reds to victory in the previous outing and he continues to be one of the key components of their forward line.
[Image] Lucas Moura to lead the line? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham XI to face Liverpool in the Champions League final
Tottenham vs Liverpool Predictions: Tottenham Line-up
Tottenham take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid, as the north Londoners look to lift their first-ever European trophy at the weekend.
Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate with just 40 minutes to go in their second leg against Ajax, before Lucas Moura silenced Amsterdam with a fantastic hat-trick. They have knocked out some genuine heavyweights on the road to Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino will aim for glory on Saturday.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have enjoyed the edge over Tottenham in the Premier League this season and for that reason go into the game as favourites.
Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen have all joined in the training session as they progress with their rehabilitation.
Harry Winks has undergone groin surgery and remains doubtful for the Champions League final.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Lloris’ form has fluctuated throughout the season but he’ll be aiming to finish the campaign with the Champions League trophy.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Trippier has had a poor season according to his standards. Yet, he’ll be preferred ahead of Aurier at right-back.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
One of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, Alderweireld will have to be at his best to keep the Liverpool attackers at bay.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Vertonghen has been a rock at the back for Spurs over the last few years and he’ll aim to contain the Reds on Saturday.
Danny Rose (LB)
Rose has been Spurs’ first-choice left-back since the second half of the season. He’ll keep his place in the team.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
Wanyama has struggled since returning from injury but with Spurs needing steel and aggressiveness in the middle of the park, the Kenyan could be handed a start in the Champions League final.
Moussa Sissoko (CM)
Sissoko offers the energy, drive and power from midfield and is expected to partner Wanyama in central midfield.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Eriksen has blown hot and cold this season. Regardless of his form, the Dane is one of the most important players for Pochettino.
Dele Alli (CAM)
Alli will have a very important role to play on Saturday. His ability to link up play between the midfield and attack could determine Spurs’ fate.
Son Heung-min (LW)
Among the club’s best players this season, Son has to keep his place if Spurs are to have a chance of winning the Champions League.
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Lucas Moura (ST)
Even if Kane is deemed fit for the final, Pochettino will go with Lucas up front. The Brazilian single-handedly helped Spurs beat Ajax in the semi-finals and could wreak havoc against Liverpool as well.
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