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As the Champions League returns, another mouth-watering match includes Tottenham against Dortmund, with the first leg taking place on Wednesday, kicking off at 8:00pm local time. Both sides have performed above and beyond expectations this season, as they look to reach the quarter finals of the elite competition in Europe.

Home Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have a tough start to 2019, having been eliminated in both domestic cups, and see an injury crisis emerge at the club. Harry Kane and Deli Alli have lengthy injuries, and both will be missing from this match, and are likely to be out for the second leg too. Despite the troubles, and cup eliminations, they still have an incredible end of the season to look forward too. In the Premier League, they are considered the dark horses for the title race, being only 5 points behind Liverpool, and 2 points behind Manchester City.

Tottenham would welcome a great run in the Champions League though, and can count themselves fortunate to be here, considering their shocking start to the campaign where they had only picked up one point from a possible 9 in the group stages. Now, they have the chance to reach the quarter finals for the first time since the 2010/2011 season.

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Away Team: Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have had a fantastic 2018/2019 season, and will hope their Champions League run can continue. However, this fixture has come after the worst week in Dortmund’s season. Unbelievably, their last two matches have finished 3-3, and on both occasions, they have left the pitch with heartache. Firstly, they lost on penalties in the German Cup to Werder Bremen, following an enthralling 3-3 draw with some goals in extra time. Then to follow up this match, they faced Hoffenheim in the league, and were 3-0 up with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Staggeringly, Dortmund managed to throw away the lead though, as they dropped two points in another draw which would have felt like a loss. Dortmund will now hope they will not get another bad result at Wembley, as onlookers will start to say that they are chocking. Additionally, Dortmund will pray that captain Marco Reus will be fit to start, but Dortmund’s director has anticipated that the German international will not win the race and be fit to play. Both side’s talisman and captain look set to miss this encounter.

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Head to Head

The teams have met each other four times in their history, and all meetings have happened in the last three seasons. In the 2015/2016 Europa League, Dortmund beat Tottenham home and away convincingly in the last 16 stage, with a 3-0 win at home followed by a 2-1 win away. Tottenham managed to get their revenge last season though, as the two sides met in the Champions League group stage. Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley, and 2-1 away from home as they progressed, and Dortmund were eliminated. Two wins apiece, who gain the edge this time?

Predictions and Betting Tips

bet now betting on football  Tottenham are slight favourites to win the first leg at 13/10 with Dortmund priced at 19/10. To back the draw, that is at 5/2. Dortmund are slight favourites to progress over the two legs at 8/11, with Tottenham at 1/1. Despite an injury crisis, I expect Tottenham to get a first leg advantage, with Dortmund not winning in 3 matches. However, if Kane and Alli will not return for the second leg, I expect Dortmund to progress over the two legs.

  For the first leg, I anticipate Tottenham winning 3-2, priced at a generous 25/1. Both sides struggle to keep clean sheets, so I am hoping for many goals, and for there to be over 3.5 goals, that is at 7/4. For the goal scorers, I’d back Son Heung-min to score any time for the hosts at 6/4, and Jadon Sancho to score for the visitors at 11/5. Finally, both sides love to come back from losing positions to win, so I’d recommend backing either Tottenham (11/1) or Dortmund (14/1) to win from behind.

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