A huge night for Spurs as they host Dortmund’s table topping young guns. Can they compete with Germany’s finest in wake of their recent injury problems?
An entertaining show
Domestically, both clubs have scored the same number of goals: 54. Dortmund have played five less games on account of the German winter break. This game should guarantee goals and excitement, but that all hinges on how these sides approach the tie. Dortmund can be absolutely devastating on the counter, their team is packed with pace and power; Spurs need to take the game to them on home soil but this may just play in to the hand of the Black Yellow.
Both clubs head in to this fixture off the back of scoring three at the weekend, Tottenham ran out 3-1 winners at home to Leicester City. Dortmund led 3-0 against Hoffenheim, and played some absolutely stunning football in the process. Hoffenheim pulled a goal back with 15 to go, which looked to just be a consolation, but when a second followed eight minutes later it was panic stations for the Bundesliga leaders. By 87 minutes they had thrown away their three goal lead, and Tottenham will take great encouragement from that. Regardless of how well Dortmund have played this season; they can be got at. They may be scoring freely, but they do concede over a goal a game on average. Over 2.5 goals is available at 1.75.
With Son Heung-min in a great run of form, he’ll be looking to take advantage of the visitor’s defensive frailties and put them under pressure with his constant running as he did when the sides met in 2017, when he was on target in a superb 3-1 win. If you fancy him to repeat the feat, he is priced at 5.5 first and 2.2 anytime.
Young blood want to shine
Dortmund have played some of the most exciting and intelligent attacking football in Europe this season, the likes of Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro and the golden boy: Jadon Sancho, have been scintillating.
The squad as a whole will be desperate to prove their qualities on the big stage, with an average age of just 23 years old, this talented group will want to show they’re not just hype. Jadon Sancho will be chomping at the bit to impress on his return to England, after taking the gamble to leave Manchester City and head abroad, the dazzling winger has turned many heads this season. He was in devastating form at the weekend, and produced probably his finest individual performance to date.
However, Dortmund’s biggest threat is set to sit this one out. Marco Reus has been exceptional this season. The skipper has scored 14 goals and assisted a further seven, he won three consecutive player of the month awards and looks right back at the top of his game. Unfortunately for Dortmund a thigh injury will keep their talisman out of the first leg. Dortmund have able replacements such as Max Phillip and Paco Alcacer, but neither have the same quality Reus do, the way he links the Dortmund attack together is genius and he will be sorely missed by the visitors.
Spurs must win
Dortmund haven’t lost a game at home this season, in the group stages they thumped Athletico Madrid 4-0, and they are regarded to have the best defence in Europe. Spurs can’t risk trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the away leg, they need to make home advantage count and take an advantage to Germany. With Reus unavailable it gives Spurs a hope of a clean sheet in the home leg, which would be absolutely vital in securing qualification. The game could be tentative in places as Spurs feel their way in to the game, as they will be cautious of the Dortmund counter. A win to nil is ideally what the North London club need, but can they get it? A spurs win to nil is priced at 4.33.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75
Son Heung-min to score anytime @ 2.2
Both teams to score @ 1.6