After a deflating derby day defeat on the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur face a tricky Champions League trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, in a game that could have major implications in Group D.
Spurs have not won any of their last six away games in Europe, a run that dates back to their 4-1 win over Austrian side Wolfsberger in the Europa League two seasons ago. Saturday’s north London derby defeat is also threatening to cast a dark cloud over the busy month ahead.
They face a Frankfurt side who are finally coming into some form, winning their last three on the bounce and defeated Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin at the weekend.
Frankfurt came through their Bundesliga encounter unscathed on Saturday, with Randal Kolo Muani’s red card the only blot on the copybook. His suspension will not carry over into European competition, meaning the striker will be available for selection on Tuesday.
Versatile midfielder Kristijan Jakic picked up a knock on international duty for Croatia, and will probably be absent here after sitting out the weekend win, while new signing Jerome Onguene will have to wait once again to make his Frankfurt debut due to a hip injury.
Injured defenders Aurelio Buta and Almamy Toure are not registered for the Champions League, so will be unavailable, even if their discomforts clear up. Thirty-eight-year-old centre-back Makoto Hasebe will be the beneficiary, stepping into the back three for a fourth consecutive start.
For the visitors, talented winger Dejan Kulusevski remains doubtful after missing the North London Derby, while Lucas Moura will also sit out due to a calf problem.
The fitness of Ben Davies also remains in doubt, after sustaining a hairline fracture in that defeat to Sporting Lisbon last month. There was no sign of the Welshman on Saturday, prompting concerns that the defender might be missing for a few more games.
After an energy-sapping encounter on the weekend, we might see a few changes from Antonio Conte, with Yves Bissouma, Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon pushing for a start.
Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Ndicka, Hasebe, Tuta; Lenz, Sow, Rode, Knauff; Kamada, Kolo Muani, Lindstrom
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Sanchez; Sessegnon, Bentancur, Bissouma, Perisic; Richarlison, Kane, Son
We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur