Preview: APOEL v Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham will be looking to continue the bright start to their UEFA Champions League Group H campaign when they face underdogs APOEL on Tuesday.

26 September 2017
Matchday 2
Kick-off: 20:45
Venue: GSP Stadium

Referee: R. Slysko
Assistants: P. Ardeleanu, K. Hrubes
Fourth official: C. Runavot

Head-to-head summary

Apoel 0 0 0 0
Spurs 0 0 0 0

Previous encounter


Players to watch

Despite being involved in just four Champions League games in his career, Harry Kane has already banged in four goals. The England striker provided an assist and helped himself to a brace In Spurs’ 3-1 victory over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund last time out, and will no doubt be a threat in midweek.

After a slow start to their campaign in Cyprus which has seen APOEL pick up a win, a loss and a draw, only Igor de Camargo has shown any form in front of goal to speak of. The 34-year-old Brazil-born former Belgium international has two goals to his name. He may have to produce his best against a defence that has conceded just five times in six Premier League outings.


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Team form and manager quotes

The Legend boss Giorgos Donis believes his side are going to have to raise their performance levels to something better than how they played against Real Madrid in their opening-day 3-0 defeat.

Despite some injuries to key performers, Donis believes this is no excuse, saying: “For me, the important thing is to create chances to score. If we can do that, I’ll be happy.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team will take huge confidence from their recent 3-2 win over London rivals West Ham in the league.

He told the club’s official website: “That way, you are all closer, the team, the fans, all suffering together. It’s an emotion that makes you stronger. I hope the result in this type of game, a derby, can help us in the future.”

Team news

Donis is expected to be without the injured trio of Zhivko Milanov, Lorenzo Ebecilio and Georgios Efrem.

The visitors will miss the suspended Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen for the tie. Alli is serving a three-game ban for a red card in Europa League last February against Gent.

Vertonghen is serving a suspension for being sent off against Dortmund. Meanwhile, midfielder Mousa Dembele is a doubt with an ankle injury.