Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 21 November 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
German teams, starting with their national one, are famous for… never giving up, but Borussia Dortmund’s fans must be realistic, and acknowledge that things for them in the group are not just “difficult”, but “practically impossible”. To finish in the top-2, they need to beat Tottenham and Real Madrid (the latter in Spain), they need Real not to win in Cyprus, and… going on with this feels almost idiotic, not just because the mathematics are against Borussia, but because Borussia themselves are, right now, their worst enemies. Last weekend they disappointed once again, losing 2-1 at Stuttgart. Excluding a Cup match against a lowly opponent, they haven’t won since late September(!!). “Cherry on top”, the Aubameyang situation. The Gabonese was banned for one match, for “disciplinary reasons”, missing the game in Stuttgart. And did I mentioned Papastathopoulos, probably their most reliable defender, got injured last weekend and had to be substituted at halftime? It all looks very-very bad for Dortmund…
Mauricio Pochettino blamed the referee and his assistants for Tottenham’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal last weekend, he was, maybe, right, to claim that both goals should have been disallowed, but truth is, Tottenham were not… Tottenham, and if they had left the Emirates Stadium with a point, it would have been very flatting for them. Leaving this last game aside, there is no doubt Tottenham have been doing well since the start of the season, with their draw at Bernabeu and their win over Real Madrid at Wembley as their highlights, as they took place in the Champions League, the competition that can pull Tottenham a level higher, making them (in the mind of football fans around the world) a big team in Europe, more than just a big team in England. Tottenham have already qualified for the last 16, but they still want to finish first in the group, not just for the bragging rights. Finishing first won’t guarantee them an “easy” draw in the last 16, but it will definitely maximize their chances of avoiding a top CL title contender, at least in the first knock-out round.
Previous five matches:
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund 2-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 1-3
Borussia Dortmund vs APOEL 1-1
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund 4-2
Magdeburg vs Borussia Dortmund 0-5
Arsenal vs Tottenham 2-0
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace 1-0
Tottenham vs Real Madrid 3-1
Manchester United vs Tottenham 1-0
Tottenham vs West Ham United 2-3
Dortmund’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Schalke (Germany Bundesliga). Same day, Tottenham will be hosting West Brom (England Premier League).
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham: Head to head Stats
Dortmund have hosted Tottenham once before, in a Europa League quarterfinal, a year and a half ago. They beat them 3-0.
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham: Prediction
Dortmund’s morale is so low right now, that I just don’t see them win this game. Tottenham have already qualified, but I don’t expect them to give anything less than their 100%, so, all things considered, I’m backing Pochettino’s side to leave Germany undefeated.
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham: Betting Tips
Tottenham’s double chance is at 1.72 betting odds. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 2.25.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Besiktas vs Porto
- Monaco vs RB Leipzig
- Manchester City vs Feyenoord
- Sevilla vs Liverpool
- APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid
- Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- CSKA Moscow vs Benfica
- Qarabag vs Chelsea
- Basel vs Manchester United
- Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich
- PSG vs Celtic
- Atletico Madrid vs Roma
- Juventus vs Barcelona
- Sporting vs Olympiakos