A crunch match in Group H sees group toppers Spurs travel to out of form Borussia Dortmund. Spurs are coming off the back of a historic night at Wembley where they beat Real Madrid 3-1. Dortmund’s fortunes are quite the opposite after consecutive 1-1 draws to anticipated group strugglers APOEL.
Anything but a win would see Dortmund fail to qualify for the knockout stages, though they should fancy themselves to finish above APOEL, as both teams are on just two points from the four group games so far. A win for Spurs would guarantee that they will top Group H ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid.
Recent Form (Last Six)
Scoring hasn’t been a problem for Dortmund, but it’s now just one win in their last six in the Bundesliga and no wins in five. A victory away to Augsburg seems a long time ago now, home defeats to Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig and losses away to Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart means that BVB have now dropped to fifth in the table.
Spurs have four wins in their last six Premier League games, defeats at Manchester United and more recently their most fierce rivals Arsenal means it’s now two defeats in their last three. Home wins against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Liverpool as well as an away victory at Huddersfield have launched Spurs right back into the title picture after a relatively slow start to the season.
The big news for Dortmund is that star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in the squad after being briefly suspended by the club for “disciplinary reasons”. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is almost certain to miss Tuesday’s game with a rib injury. Christian Pulisic has been suffering muscular problems, though it remains to be seen if he has joined the long list of Dortmund absentees which already contains Liszczek Piszczek, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rode and Erik Durm.
Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama remain out for Spurs with hamstring and knee problems respectively, while Erik Lamela has only recently recovered from a long-standing hip injury. Harry Kane passed a late fitness test to start against Arsenal on Saturday, but he looked far off the pace and could be rested for the trip to Germany. With a busy few weeks coming up, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier could start ahead of Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies.
Score Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur