Champions League Betting Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Matchup at a Glance
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 03:00 PM
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England.
Odds: Tottenham +115, Draw +225, Borussia Dortmund +250 @ BetOnline
Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund return to Champions League action on Wednesday night (European time), February 13, 2019, when the two injury-affected sides face off at Wembley in London.
This is Tottenham's fourth campaign (UEFA Champions League only) overall, and their third in a row. Their most successful Champions League run came in the 2010-11 season when a squad led by Harry Redknapp reached the quarter-finals.
Borussia Dortmund, who are in the round of 16 for the fifth time in seven seasons, have won only one of their last six knockout phase matches in UEFA competitions (2 draws and 3 losses) – 3-2 against Atalanta Bergamo in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32.
Head-to-Head Stats (H2H)
Spurs and Borussia Dortmund have become frequent opponents in recent seasons as they reconvene at Wembley for the first leg of their most important duel so far. All four of the clubs' past contests have come in the last three years.
Whereas Dortmund dominated the sides' first encounter, Tottenham held the upper hand when the clubs were reunited in last season's Champions League group stage.
In the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League round of 16, The Black and Yellows were 3-0 winners in the home first leg with Marco Reus scoring twice – before a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane where current North London rival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace for Dortmund.
Spurs turned the tables in last season's Champions League group phase, winning 3-1 at Wembley and 2-1 in Germany. Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane were the two goal scorers for the North London outfit – with Son scoring once in each game and Kane notching three more.
While the Lilywhites finished top of their group ahead of title-holders and eventual champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund had to settle for Europa League consolation by finishing third.
Before their defeat to Dortmund in March 2016, Spurs were unbeaten at home to German clubs – winning six. They've lost their next match against German opposition too – 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016-17 Champions League group stage, before beating BVB last season.
Tottenham Hotspur's record in two-legged knockout ties against German teams is 4 wins and 3 defeats, although they have lost the last two.
Borussia Dortmund's record in two-legged knockout ties against English clubs is 3 wins and 2 losses. They lost the most recent one – against Liverpool in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (1-1 home, 3-4 away).
Furthermore, Dortmund have lost on three of their last four journeys to England and seven of their 12 away games to English clubs overall – winning four of them.
Tottenham Hotspur – Team News
Coming after three consecutive home wins in the English Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino's side looks fine despite the injuries of pivotal figures like Dele Alli and top scorer Harry Kane.
Although they've been knocked out of the two domestic Cups in end of January, Spurs remain competitive in the league where they have won four games in a row and sit third, five points behind both leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and nine points above fourth-placed Manchester United.
Considering the absence of Kane and Alli, Son Heung-Min's early return from the Asian Cup has been a huge relief for the Londoners. The South Korea international scored in each of the last three Premier League rounds and his overall influence has been crucial for Tottenham's winning streak.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane have both returned to training but they remain sidelined as it's too early for them to play. However, there is a good chance they could feature in the coming weeks ahead of the second leg.
Pochettino has another concern to solve – Danny Rose has picked an injury in the closing minutes of the 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday and won't be ready to play from the outset, while Ben Davies is not fully fit to return from the groin injury he picked a couple of weeks ago. Thus the Tottenham Hotspur boss must choose between youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and experienced center-back Jan Vertonghen who can deputize at left-back.
Despite all listed injuries, Spurs have been given a boost since Eric Dier and Erik Lamela, who have both missed the Sunday game, are in contention to challenge the Bundesliga leaders.
Borussia Dortmund – Team News
Lucien Favre's men are topping the Bundesliga but Dortmund's lead to Bayern Munich has been reduced to five points following their latest results. And if a 1-1 draw at Frankfurt is acceptable, the Black and Yellows can't be particularly pleased with the 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim last weekend, especially when Borussia went 3-0 ahead and were playing at home.
Furthermore, Die Borussen have suffered another setback over the past week – they have been knocked out of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) after a 3-3 home draw against Werder Bremen, followed by a thrilling penalty shootout. With that said, Dortmund have conceded six goals in their last two domestic games and their defensive issues have been exposed.
The Londoners are not the only ones who have injury woes. The Germans have flown out to London not in their best shape and with several notable absentees. Lucian Favre won't be able to rely on key players like Manuel Akanji (lacks match fitness), Julian Weigl (flu), Lukasz Piszczek (foot), Marco Reus (thigh) and Paco Alcacer (shoulder).
Marco Reus picked up a thigh injury in the Cup game against Werder Bremen last week and was not included in the group for England. Reus is unquestionably the best Dortmund player, scoring 17 goals in all competitions so far (only one in the Champions League though) so youngsters like Jadon Sancho, Jacob Bruun Larsen and not so experienced Maximilian Philipp will have to support Mario Gotze, who is expected to lead the attack in Paco Alcacer's (13 goals in all competitions) absence.
Possible Starting Lineups of Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Davison Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen – Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Eric Dier – Christian Eriksen – Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-Min. (4-3-1-2)
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burki – Marcel Schmelzer, Abdou Diallo, Omer Toprak, Achraf Hakimi – Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney – Raphael Guerreiro, Maximilian Philipp, Jadon Sancho – Mario Gotze. (4-2-3-1)
Bet On The Home Side – Spurs Will Edge Dortmund In The First Leg
Considering Tottenham Hotspur will be without both Dele Alli and Harry Kane, fact that Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer are also sidelined has come as a big boost to the Londoners following their good results lately. We believe that Mauricio Pochettino will prevail in the managerial duel here and Spurs will be ahead after the first leg.