Dortmund v Tottenham – Signal Iduna Park at 20:00 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur will be making a trip to the Signal Iduna Park to take on Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 showdown on Tuesday night. The Spurs will be looking to secure the victory against BVB, while the hosts will be looking forward to put a dent on the Spurs’ lead. This match is crucial for both sides. The Bundesliga giants just came off of an upsetting defeat on Friday. The Premier League side, on the other hand, just said goodbye to their title hopes after the string of defeats they encountered last week.

As of now, Tottenham hold a 3-0 advantage after their first leg win, which was all thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen, Son Heung-Min, and Fernando Llorente. With their ambition of lifting the trophy in the English top flight come to an end, the Spurs will be entering this match desperate to at least prove themselves in the Champions League.

However, it should be noted that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have an unfortunate record on the road in this competition. What’s worse, they will be facing a side that has the home pitch advantage. Furthermore, Dortmund were able to win in 83% of their games at home in the Bundesliga which also includes their key fixtures with corresponding top six teams.

Borussia Dortmund aren’t exactly at their best right now. They lost to Augsburg over the weekend which left them at level with Bayern Munich in the standings. However, they will be entering this match aiming to turn around their disappointing loss at Wembley in the first leg.

LATEST NEWS

–          Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed the first leg due to a thigh problem, but is fit to return to action for the second leg match.

–          Marcel Schmelzer suffered a knock to his foot on training last week.

–          Lukasz Pisczek will remain sidelined due to a problem in his heel.

–          The Spurs will still be without Dele Alli since he’s still recovering from a hamstring injury.

–          Harry Winks is reported to be suffering from a hip injury and will be out of Tuesday’s clash.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Dortmund: 4-2-3-1

Roman Burki, Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Abdou Diallo, Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Mario Gotze

Tottenham: 5-3-2

Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane

KEY PLAYERS

Dortmund

Marco Reus captains Dortmund while plays as both a forward and a midfielder for the team. He has been one of the key players for Lucien Favre’s side, being involved in almost every match-winning goal so far this season. He is also regarded as one of the best player in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham

Harry Kane plays as a striker for Tottenham and has been one of the team’s key players. He is among the top goal-scorers in the English Premier League and has been regarded as one of the best strikers in European football.  

MATCH PREDICTION

Dortmund v Tottenham: 1-1

Tottenham’s form significantly dipped in recent weeks. They were lucky, however, to secure the 3-0 lead against their opponents in the first leg. Since the Spurs are probably out of the Premier League title race, the Harry Kane-led team will be desperate to lift the Champions League trophy this season.  

Dortmund aren’t any better though. Despite leading the German top flight, Lucien Favre’s men have also been far from impressive as evident in their recent performances. Both teams will have to really up their game if they want to display an outstanding comeback. The real pressure though is on Mauricio Pochettino and his men.

MATCH BETTING ODDS

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By @EliaasMJ

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