Both teams will be looking to continue their hot start to the 2022/23 campaign and for Spurs, who remain unbeaten across all competitions so far this season, they can make it two wins from two with a victory at the Estádio José Alvalade.
Last time out, the Lilywhites defeated Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in a pretty drab affair in north London, where summer signing Richarlison stole the show by bagging a headed brace to secure all three points.
It was also another off-night for Heung-min Son, who must now be in jeopardy of being dropped, particularly given the form of his Brazilian teammate; he has effectively played himself into being undroppable in this current run.
There was also an eye-catching cameo off the bench from Dejan Kulusevski, so it could well be time for manager Antonio Conte to make the bold and ruthless decision to axe the South Korean from his starting lineup.
The 30-year-old attacker has started all seven of Tottenham’s matches this term but has failed to deliver more than the one goal contribution, with his solitary assist coming on the opening day in a 4-1 rout of Southampton, leading to ex-goalkeeper Paul Robinson describing the winger as “very quiet” earlier this month.
When you compare that to last season, it’s a glaring worry as the Gangwon native was averaging a goal or assist every 104 minutes across all competitions as he scored 24 goals and laid on a further ten assists from 45 outings, as per Transfermarkt.
Against Les Olympiens, he was pretty much rendered anonymous and was ineffective for large parts before being hooked four minutes from time. Even shot-stopper Hugo Lloris (25) had more accurate passes than Son (22) and he had attempted as many as nine long balls from his own net.
Elsewhere, the £192k-per-week star – who was described as an “absolute beast” by AJ Tracey last season – couldn’t manage a single shot on target, whilst he lost possession 17 times from his 47 touches and won just three of his nine duels against the opposition, via SofaScore.
Whether his poor form comes down to fitness or not remains to be seen but given the fact that he’s started 100% of matches in 2022/23, he could be due a rest if his performances weren’t already a sign of why he should be sat on the bench this evening.
As such, Conte must remove him from the XI tonight as his side look to continue their impressive start to the new campaign.