Tottenham vs Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur welcome Borussia Dortmund, to Wembley for the first leg of their hugely-anticipated Champions League round-of-16 clash.
Hotspur needed a dramatic 1-1 draw at Barcelona to secure their place in the knockouts. Dortmund, on the other hand, edged Atletico Madrid on goal difference to qualify as group winners.
Both teams have some brilliant players at their disposal, making tonight’s fixture a must-watch footballing spectacle.
For a team that didn’t spend a dime in the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur have done a superb job in the 2018/19 campaign. In the Premier League, they sit just five points behind Liverpool and Manchester City — played a game less than City. They took a bit of time to find their feet in Europe — picking up one point from their first three group games — but made sure to turn it around in their last three fixtures.
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Hotspur squandered many golden opportunities against PSV and Eindhoven before eventually making them count, but the determination they showed against Barcelona in their last group stage fixture, showed their quality. The Lilywhites won’t have Harry Kane for the first leg, but Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente should fill in handsomely for the club’s leading goalscorer. Moussa Sissoko is likely to miss the tie but Christian Eriksen’s creativity should compensate for Sissoko’s doggedness.
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When Lucien Favre took charge of the club in the summer of 2018, not many expected him to make such an immediate impact. BVB have been one of the most impressive sides in Europe this season and have looked capable of beating any team on their day. Thankfully, the days have not been far and few between. They currently have a five-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga table and are now the bookies’ favorites for ending Bayern Munich’s supremacy.
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BVB recent form, however, hasn’t been very encouraging. The German outfit have failed to win any of their last three matches and are currently lacking the confidence required to see games off. Favre must realize that his side are feeling the burden of expectations and must teach them how to respond on the pitch. They have some explosive players within their ranks, but recent results show they are still a team in transition. Marco Reus’ — who has 17 goals for Dortmund in all competitions — absence would be a big blow for Favre’s leaders, but an in-form Jadon Sancho (8 goals and 10 assists) should fill in perfectly for the injured German.
Head to Head and Prediction
Wednesday night’s encounter will be their fifth competitive meet in history. Spurs came out top during last season’s group stage double-header, while Dortmund registered a 5-1 aggregate win in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League back in 2016.
Wednesday’s fixture, on paper, seems perfectly balanced. Hotspur, statistically, are the more in-form team but they, too, have vulnerabilities at the back. Dortmund have one of the best attacks in the world and are capable of punishing each of Spurs’ mistakes. Tonight promises to be a helter-skelter of a contest, guaranteed to keep us on the edge of our seats.
Tottenham vs Dortmund
Hotspur is expected to win with a scoreline of 2-1.