Although a sluggish start to the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign may have left many in North London starting to sweat, Tottenham bounced back in some style over the weekend and will now open their Champions League campaign out in Greece on Wednesday night.
Putting four past Crystal Palace and securing just their second domestic victory since opening the season last month, the Lilywhites are desperate to replicate a similar level that helped them reach the European Final back in June.
On the flip side, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are not the only side to lay down a marker after returning from the international break.
Picking up an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win over Krasnodar to secure their spot in Group B, Olympiakos are one of just three sides to open the new Greek Super League with a trio of victories and the mood in their camp continues to soar.
However, with Spurs picking up a 3-0 victory in their only previous meeting against Wednesday’s hosts, you will be interested to know that a similar score line can be found at 14/1 with Bet365.
Olympiakos – The Group B dark horse?
After watching PAOK snatch the Greek title last season and extending Olympiakos’ two-year wait to reclaim their crown, Head Coach Pedro Martins has seen his side continue to shine of late.
Putting five past Volos in Piraeus on Saturday and reclaiming their spot at the top of the table, they are also enjoying an unbeaten run that stems all the way back to the end of February.
While Olympiakos might find their confidence at a continued high, their Portuguese tactician will be calling on some drastic improvements after last year’s European exploits.
Already priced as high as 7/2 with Ladbrokes to secure a route out of Group B, behind both Spurs and Bayern Munich, Olympiakos managed to clinch just a single point during the group stage last season.
If Thrylos are to extend their eye-catching start to the new season and open their Group B campaign with a shock victory at the Karaiskakis Stadium, then Wednesday’s hosts will be looking for leading marksman Youssef El Arabi to extend his purple patch.
Once again finding the net over the weekend, the 32-year-old now has four in his last four, including a brace against Krasnodar in his last Champions League appearance.
You will be interested to know that the Morocco international can be found at 3/1 with Betfair to find the net in midweek.
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Can Spurs go one step further?
After shocking many, including Manchester City, on route to securing their spot out in Madrid over the summer, last year’s European runners-ups, now find themselves sat in Group B, along with Germany heavyweights Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade.
Desperate to open their Group B campaign with a much-needed three points, Spurs find themselves pencilled in at 6/4 to secure top spot come December with Bet365, behind Munich who sit at 8/13.
Although Spurs may have managed to put in a season-best display in their 4-0 victory over Palace on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino will have concerns over some defensive issues.
Remarkably, they have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their last nine Champions League matches outside of the capital.
While England skipper Harry Kane might unsurprisingly lead the line out in Piraeus on Wednesday, one man to keep an eye out for is last weekends Man of the Match, Son Heung-Min.
Marking his return from a suspension that followed on from last season, the South Korean international bagged a brace against Palace in North London on Saturday and can be found at 2/1 with SkyBet to open his Champions League account in midweek.
Elsewhere, Spurs’ Argentinian boss looks likely to stick with right-back Serge Aurier for Wednesday’s trip abroad, despite young starlet Kyle Walker-Peters coming back into contention.