Tottenham shipped seven goals at home for the first time on Matchday 2 and now take on a buoyant Crvena zvezda.
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After the heaviest home defeat ever suffered by an English club in UEFA competition on Matchday 2, Tottenham will attempt to get back on track against a Crvena zvezda side whose own Group B campaign received a much-needed boost last time out.
• Spurs' 7-2 loss against Bayern München on 1 October was the first time an English club had conceded seven goals in a European match since Tottenham themselves lost 8-0 at Köln in the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and has left Mauricio Pochettino's side with a single point from their first two fixtures. Crvena zvzeda are two points better off, having responded to an opening defeat with a comeback victory on Matchday 2.
• Both sides won their home games when the teams met in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup third round, Spurs – who in the previous round had beaten Olympiacos, also in Group B this season – going through 2-1 on aggregate.
• Goals from Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean gave the English club a 2-0 first-leg win at White Hart Lane; that proved enough to progress despite Vojin Lazarević's strike in Belgrade.
• Having let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Olympiacos in their opening game, Spurs then suffered that 7-2 loss to Bayern – the first time in the club's 137-year history that they had conceded seven goals at home in any competition.
• In last season's UEFA Champions League, Pochettino's side recovered from taking one point from their first three games to finish second in Group B behind Barcelona, ahead of Internazionale and PSV Eindhoven, via a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Matchday 6. Borussia Dortmund were then brushed aside in the round of 16 (3-0 h, 1-0 a) before dramatic away-goal victories against both Manchester City (1-0 h, 3-4 a) and Ajax (0-1 h, 3-2 a) took Spurs into a first European Cup final. Premier League rivals Liverpool proved too strong at the Estadio Metropolitano, however, running out 2-0 winners.
• Spurs' record in last season's competition was W6 D2 L5. They lost three of their last four matches, with the success at Ajax in the semi-final second leg their only victory in their last six UEFA Champions League games.
• Fourth in the 2018/19 Premier League, this is Tottenham's fifth UEFA Champions League campaign, and a fourth successive group stage appearance.
• In last season's group stage, Pochettino's side lost 4-2 at home to Barcelona in their first home game, but beat PSV (2-1) and Internazionale (1-0) in the next two.
• The London club have won eight of their last 12 UEFA Champions League home matches – including four in a row before the Ajax defeat – losing the other four. They have drawn only once at home in the competition – 0-0 against AC Milan in the 2010/11 round of 16 (1-0 aggregate). Spurs' record in their new stadium is W1 L2.
• Tottenham have won all three home games against Serbian visitors, most recently defeating Crvena zvezda's Belgrade rivals Partizan 1-0 in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage. That second-leg loss to Crvena zvezda in 1972 is their only defeat in six matches against Serbian clubs, home and away (W4 D1).
Having conceded twice in the final ten minutes at Bayern on Matchday 1 to lose 3-0, making it four away defeats from four in the UEFA Champions League group stage, Crvena zvezda were facing another defeat when Olympiacos led 1-0 at half-time in Belgrade on Matchday 2, but second-half strikes from Miloš Vulić, Nemanja Milunović and Richmond Boakye secured a 3-1 win.
• In 2018/19 the Belgrade club reached the group stage from the first qualifying round and went on to finish fourth in their group, although they did claim a first group stage win for Serbia with a 2-0 home defeat of Liverpool on Matchday 4, Milan Pavkov scoring both goals. Away from home they lost at Paris Saint-Germain (1-6), Liverpool (0-4) and Napoli (1-3).
• This season, Vladan Milojević's side again started their European campaign in the first qualifying round, where they were 2-1 aggregate winners against Sūduva of Lithuania (0-0 a, 2-1 h). They subsequently came through tight ties against HJK Helsinki (2-0 h, 1-2 a) and Copenhagen (1-1 h, 1-1 a, 7-6 pens) before beating Young Boys on away goals in the play-offs (2-2 a, 1-1 h).
• The defeat of Olympiacos was only Crvena zvezda's fourth victory in their last 18 European fixtures (D8 L6). They are nine games without an away victory (D4 L5) since a 2-1 triumph at Spartak Trnava in last season's third qualifying round second leg.
• Crvena zvezda were beaten on their first three trips to England but last season's loss at Liverpool was only their second reverse in their last seven games in the country (W1 D4). Home and away, they have lost four of their last eight matches against English clubs (W2 D2).
• European champions in 1991, Crvena zvezda claimed their second successive Serbian league title in 2018/19 and a 30th national championship overall.
Links and trivia
• Have played in England:
Rajiv van La Parra (Wolves 2014–16, Brighton 2016 (loan), Huddersfield 2016–19, Middlesbrough 2019 (loan))
José Cañas (Swansea 2013/14)
Marko Marin (Chelsea 2012/13)
• Have played together:
José Cañas & Ben Davies (Swansea 2013/14)
• Spurs have won just three of their first nine Premier League matches this season, all at home; their record otherwise is D3 L3. They were held 1-1 at home by Watford on Saturday.
• Dele Alli made his first Premier League start of the season at the weekend, marking the occasion with Spurs' late equaliser.
• Tottenham have picked up only 23 points from their last 21 Premier League games.
• Tottenham won the first four matches at their new stadium, but have managed only three wins in ten games since (D2 L5).
• Having shipped seven goals at home to Bayern on Matchday 2, Spurs were beaten 3-0 at Brighton on 5 October, conceding ten goals in two matches for the first time since December 1997.
• Harry Kane has 13 goals in 14 appearances for club and country this season, six of them penalties.
• Kane's penalty was not enough to prevent England losing 2-1 in the Czech Republic in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 11 October; three days later, he scored one goal and provided three assists in a 6-0 victory in Bulgaria.
• Christian Eriksen set up a late winner in Denmark's 1-0 EURO qualifying defeat of Switzerland on 12 October.
• Toby Alderweireld scored in Belgium's 9-0 victory against San Marino on 10 October which confirmed their place at UEFA EURO 2020; Jan Vertonghen also played 90 minutes.
• Heung-Min Son scored two goals and set up another as South Korea beat Sri Lanka 8-0 in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 10 October.
• Ben Davies won his 50th cap for Wales in a 1-1 EURO qualifying draw at home to Croatia on 13 October.
• Oliver Skipp made his first appearance for England's Under-21s in a 2-2 friendly draw against Slovenia on 11 October.
• Hugo Lloris is not expected to play again this year having dislocated his elbow at Brighton.
• Michel Vorm, who left Spurs at the end of 2018/19, rejoined as a free agent on 14 October, signing a deal until the end of the season.
• Giovani Lo Celso sustained a hip injury during Argentina's 0-0 draw in Chile on 5 September and is expected to be sidelined until the end of October.
• Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is yet to play for Spurs due to a thigh injury, while Juan Foyth (ankle) has not appeared for Tottenham this season but did play 90 minutes in Argentina's 2-2 friendly draw in Germany on 9 October and 77 minutes of the 6-1 defeat of Ecuador four days later. He was an unused substitute against Watford at the weekend.
• Eriksen missed Saturday's draw with a leg injury.
• Crvena zvezda have won ten of their 11 league matches this season, beating Rad 3-1 at home on Friday. Their 11-match winning run in the Serbian Super League, including the first six this season, was ended by a 2-0 loss at Partizan in the Belgrade derby on 22 September.
• The Belgrade club had suffered only one defeat in their previous 69 league outings, a 3-2 loss at Čukarički on 20 April this year. Their record otherwise was W62 D6 before the loss at Partizan.
• Crvena zvezda have scored two or more goals in nine of their other ten league matches in 2019/20; the exception was a 1-0 success at Napredak on 6 October.
• Crvena zvezda have won their last six matches in all competitions, scoring 21 goals and conceding only four.
• 'Red Star' were 8-0 winners away to fourth division Trepča in the Serbian Cup first round on 10 October, Veljko Simić scoring four times – more than in his previous 26 appearances for the club combined.
• Crvena zvezda will play Mačva in the second round of the Serbian Cup.
• Marko Gobeljić was a half-time substitute in Serbia's 1-0 friendly defeat of Paraguay on 10 October, his first international cap since January 2017.
• Richmond Boakye is carrying a calf injury.
• Vladan Milojević has been in charge of Crvena zvezda for 39 European matches, a Serbian record.
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