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Spurs vs Sporting CP: Champions League match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
Spurs need to take three points at home to Sporting to take a giant step towards qualification from their tricky group.
When and where to watch Spurs vs Sporting CP
Spurs vs Sporting CP kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday 26 October.
You can catch all the action from North London exclusively live on BT Sport 3.
Spurs vs Sporting CP match preview
Coming into Matchday 5, every team in Group D can currently still qualify for the knockout stages.
This makes Spurs vs Sporting CP at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium absolutely vital.
Tottenham currently sit top of their table with seven points, but both Marseille and Sporting are just one point behind on six points. Frankfurt sit bottom, but with four points even they can still qualify.
Tottenham arrive for this match in poor form with two defeats from their last two Premier League outings.
A victory for Spurs on Wednesday night will put them through to the knockout stages. A defeat would mean they’d go into their away fixture at Marseille likely needing a win to qualify.
Antonio Conte, and the Spurs fans, would love to get the job done early so there’s no final-match jitters in France.
Sporting CP were on fire for the first two rounds of the competition beating Frankfurt and Spurs, but badly faltered against Marseille with defeats at home and away.
They now sit behind the French side in third place, but can resurrect their hopes of qualification with a win in North London.
Victory would see the group standings decided on the final matchday and give Sporting a great chance of qualification with a favourable fixture at home to Frankfurt on Matchday 6.
Spurs vs Sporting CP predicted lineups
Spurs: (3-5-2) Lloris; Royal, Lenglet, Dier, Davies, Perisic, Bissouma, Bentancur, Skipp, Son, Kane.
Sporting CP: (3-4-3) Israel; Inacio, Coates, Reis, Porro, Ugarte, Morita, Santos, Trincao, Edwards, Arthur.
Spurs vs Sporting CP: Injuries and suspensions
Spurs are suffering with some serious injury worries to key players right now.
Christian Romero and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg didn’t make the squad for the weekend, with the Argentine missing out with a calf problem and the Dane with a thigh issue.
Antonio Conte revealed both players have complained of fatigue and needed a rest, but confirmed he couldn’t be sure when they’d return.
Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski remain out with longer-term injuries.
The main problem for Sporting CP is not injuries, but suspensions.
Midfielder Ricardo Esgaio and forward Pedro Goncalves both received red cards in their previous match against Marseille, so will miss this tie in North London.
Goalkeeper Adan had missed the home fixture against the French side after being shown a straight red card in the first fixture, but could regain his place against Spurs.
Ex-Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates should feature after recovering from injury.
Form (last 6 matches)
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Spurs vs Sporting CP: Form guide
Spurs come into this match on the back of two defeats in the Premier League.
The Lillywhites were easily swept aside at Old Trafford in a 2-0 defeat before losing out 2-1 at home to Newcastle at the weekend.
There’s been criticism over Tottenham’s formation, finishing and attacking intent, with the home fans voicing their frustration at the weekend with a chorus of boos ringing out at half-time and the final whistle.
In the Champions League, Spurs took four points from their back-to-back ties with Frankfurt, though could’ve easily taken all six with better finishing in Germany.
Sporting CP have experienced the opposite. Domestically they’ve won five out of their last six league matches including a 3-1 win at the weekend.
They currently sit fourth in the table, but are nine points behind league leaders Benfica.
In the Champions League, Sporting were sitting top of the table until their back-to-back ties against bottom-of-the-group Marseille.
However, thanks to red cards in both matches, Sporting lost at home and away and now find themselves third in the group, battling to qualify.
Spurs vs Sporting CP: Last time they met
Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting CP have only faced once previously, with the Portuguese side winning 2-0 on Matchday 2 of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Both goals came right at the death, from subs Paulinho and Arthur.
He said what?!
Antonio Conte on injuries and the quick turnaround of matches in the Premier League and Champions League:
"My only worry in this moment is that we try to keep the fingers crossed and to not have injuries.
"We're not a team with so much depth to face so much competition with the Premier League and the Champions League.
"We knew the situation and I spoke to the club and I said we need to go step by step with patience. I said we needed two or three transfer markets. Every three days we're playing a massive game.”
Spurs vs Sporting CP: Players to watch
During his time at Spurs, Marcus Edwards was likened to one of the world’s greatest ever players, Lionel Messi, by boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spurs youngster, who rose through the ranks, was never likely to live up to such high praise, especially when he wasn’t able to break into the first team on a regular basis under the Argentine.
Moves abroad, first on loan to Excelsior in Holland and then to Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal, gave Sporting a real indication of what the Englishman was capable of.
The Portuguese giants snapped him up in January this year and he’s shone in the Champions League alongside the club’s other talented forwards, Pedro Goncalves and Francisco Trincao.
When Sporting faced Spurs at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Edwards almost scored one of the goals of the season but was denied by a combination of Hugo Lloris and the post.
Back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Edwards will be determined to live up to the hype Poch bestowed upon him.
Spurs vs Sporting CP: Key stats
- Sporting CP have won just two of their 15 away matches in England in European competition (D4 L9), winning 4-2 at Southampton in the UEFA Cup in October 1981 and 3-2 at Middlesbrough in March 2005, also in the UEFA Cup.
- Spurs have won six of their seven home European matches against Portuguese opposition (including qualifiers), with their one defeat coming against Benfica in March 2014 in the UEFA Europa League.
- Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Spurs’ 10 games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League have seen a total of 41 goals scored (23 for, 18 against), at an average of 4.1 per game.
- Three of Spurs’ five goals in the UEFA Champions League this season have been assisted by crosses – indeed, no team have netted more goals via crosses than Antonio Conte’s side through the first four matchdays.
- Harry Kane has scored 21 goals in 28 appearances for Spurs in the UEFA Champions League. If he finds the net in this game, he will move into the outright top five English scorers in the competition’s history, overtaking Steven Gerrard (21).
- Sporting CP’s last three goals in the UEFA Champions League have either been scored in the opening minute of the game (1) or in the 90th minute or later (2). The Portuguese side scored twice in added time to beat Spurs 2-0 in their reverse fixture this season.