Borussia Dortmund – Tottenham: – UEFA Champions League: 21st November 2017
Tuesday evening, in the 5th round of the UEFA Champions League, Borussia Dortmund meets a falling team, Tottenham. The Germans are in 3rd place in the group and desperately need a win because they have only scored two points in the first 4 games. Tottenham heads the group in front of Real Madrid, with 10 points gathered with 3 wins and a draw. At first glance, we will see a duel with goals on both sides.
Tottenham comes after a 0-2 draw in the north derby in London, with Arsenal, a match that does not bring compliments for white-blue in any compartment. The hosts will not play a series of important footballers, but they are part of the defensive system: Durm, Piszczek, Rode and Toprak are injured, just like Marco Reus, who does not seem to be back in shape anymore . Spurs will not enter Alderweireld and Wanyama with older problems, while Lamela, Alli and Lloris are uncertain. In fact, both Pochettino goalkeeper could miss this match, because Vorm has knee pain. If the English will use the 3rd goalie of the batch, then the hosts have an extra chance.
Dortmund has 3 defeats in the last 4 games
Under the command of Tuchel, Dortmund has ceased to be a first-class group in Europe. Only with Aubameyang constantly attacking, the Germans get more goals than they score and have a series of 4 consecutive games without victory: 3 failures and a draw. The results were 1-2 at Stuttgart, 1-3 with Bayern Munich, 2-4 at Hannover and a 1-1 with APOEL in the previous round at UCL. The result seems to have compromised Borussia’s chances of qualifying, but the 3rd place bet is important because it leads to the spring of the Europa League.
There have been 3 matches between the two rivals in history so far, and the goals have never been missed: 3-0 for Dortmund, 2-1 for the Germans on the move and a 3-1 home for Tottenham in the tour. With Harry Kane and Eriksen in the construction, Tottenham will have her chances on the counter and the decisive character of the game will take the hosts to attack. We are on a spectacular match, in which the English will also be pleased with a draw that would largely secure the 1st place: the final stage is the match with APOEL Nicosia, a very accessible opponent.
THE PROBABLE TEAMS
Dortmund: Burki – Toljan, Papasthatopoulous, Bartra, Schmelzer – Gotze, Weigl, Kagawa – Yarmolenko, Schurrle, Philipp
Tottenham: Lloris – Trippier, Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen – Sissoko, Dembele, Davies – Alli, Eriksen – Kane