Tottenham v Dortmund – Wembley Stadium at 20:00 GMT
Borussia Dortmund will travel to North London to take on the Tottenham Hotspurs for the first leg of their Champions League clash. Dortmund are recently experiencing an upsetting spell form which saw them drop out of the DFB-Pokal Cup in the hands of Werder Bremen as well as two draws with both Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim in two Bundesliga fixtures. Lucien Favre’s men might enter this match under sheer pressure and will be hoping to get a positive outcome at Wembley on Wednesday.
Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, may not be the favorites to win the title in the Champion League; they are definitely not a team to be taken lightly. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently seated at the third spot in the Premier League standings, just five points below league leaders Manchester City.
The Spurs are in decent form to survive Wednesday’s challenging test against the Bundesliga side, winning 11 of their league fixtures since the conclusion of the group stages. Their 3-1 success against Leicester over the weekend kept their record to 3 consecutive wins.
Dortmund aren’t exactly the underdogs as they are currently seated at the top spot of the Bundesliga standings. They have been one of the most outstanding teams this season, both in the domestic and European competitions. Unlike the Spurs, the German giants comfortably eased through the group stages.
However, there’s no denying that these past few weeks have been a struggle for the visitors but they will obviously be keen on wanting to bounce back as they face the Premier League side on Wednesday. The only thing sure about their battle is it will definitely be an entertaining showdown.
– Harry Kane remains a doubt but is reported to be making progress in his recovery from the ankle ligament injury he acquired during their match against Manchester United in January. He is expected to return to action in March.
– Dele Alli could also miss out on Wednesday’s clash after sustaining a hamstring injury during their match against Fulham.
– Ben Davies has been dealing with a groin injury as of the moment and will likely be unavailable also.
– Marco Reus is doubtful after picking up a possible thigh injury during Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal Cup match against Werder Bremen.
– Manuel Akanji and Leonardo Balerdi are also suffering from hip and mouth injuries respectively.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura
Roman Burki, Lukasz Piszczek, Julian Weigl, Abdou Diallo, Achraf Hakimi, Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro, Mario Gotze, Paco Alcacer
Son Heung-Min has been a driving force behind Tottenham’s triumphant run this season. With key player Harry Kane currently nursing an injury, Son made up for Kane’s absence and led the Spurs to countless victories that helped them secure the third spot in the English top flight. His greatness and remarkability wouldn’t be stopping any time soon especially with the Bundesliga giants as their opponents.
Jadon Sancho has taken over European football in storm, helping Borussia Dortmund secure victories that paved the way for them to sit on the Bundesliga throne. He has been an important player for Dortmund this season, notching 7 goals with 9 assists in the Bundesliga alone and one goal in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid. He has been involved in Dortmund’s victory lately and Wednesday’s clash shouldn’t be any different.
Tottenham v Dortmund: 2-2
A draw could be on the cards for Wednesday’s clash between Tottenham and Dortmund. Despite having struggles in their recent performances, the visitors managed to score in all except for 2 of their previous 15 Champions League outings though conceded in 9 of those. The hosts, on the other hand, have been a real threat lately especially in the Premier League. Their current form as well as a home turf advantage could be enough to get them a crucial first leg victory.
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