Tottenham Vs Borussia Dortmund: Team News and Match Prediction
Tottenham Hotspur will host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of Champions League last-16 match. Dortmund are having a stellar season and are one of the top teams in Europe but they have failed to win their last 3 matches and that would give Spurs some confidence going into the tie.
Spurs have a big task at their hands but the way they drew against Barcelona in the last group match to book a place in the knockouts would give fans a lot to hope about. Harry Kane will miss the first leg due to injury and the burden to score the vital goals will fall on the shoulders of Heung-min Son who has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season.
Fernando Llorente is expected to be the target man although he lacks the much-needed pace required to fit in to the Pochettino system. Eriksen will be the creator and his return to form has been vital for Spurs.
Lucien Favre’s Dortmund side are facing the task of keeping up to the pressure of winning silverware which was not there at the start of the season. They are flying high in the Bundesliga but Spurs can be tricky opponents at home.
The fact that they came top in a group which had Athletico Madrid in it talks about the quality they have. Jadon Sancho will look to impress on his return to England and the top assist maker in the Bundesliga will try to make it a night of glory for himself.
Lucas Moura can make a return to the starting lineup and there are chances Pochettino opts for a back three with Alderweireld coming back into the lineup. Dortmund were flying high until they made Paco Alcacer their target man recently. Marco Reus, who has been the star player for Dortmund with 17 goals in all competition will miss through injury.
Heung-min Son is expected to cause some trouble for the German side with his pace and industry. He is the most likely scorer for Spurs. Dortmund will try to keep it tight in the middle and will try to score on the counter through Gotze or Sancho.
Match Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Borussia Dortmund