Tottenham – Dortmund SOCCER PICKS
Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund meet at Wembley Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals). The history of recent direct confrontations between these two teams indicates total balance, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 21-11-2017, ended with the victory of Tottenham Hotspur by (1-2).
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group B, with 8 points won. In their last match, for the Premier League, they got a home win against Leicester City by (3-1). Tottenham Hotspur has won 8 and lost 2 of the last 10 home matches.
For this competition, he does not lose 4 games. The team has conceded goals in 5 of the last 6 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but its attack has scored regularly, as it has always scored at least one goal in the last 6 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3.
Tottenham reach this game with a triumph, by 3-1, in the reception at Leicester, adding the third consecutive victory in the English championship: the goals of the team were marked by Eriksen, Sanchez and Son. We emphasize that the English won only 2 of the 6 matches played in the group stage of the Champions League. In this first game against Borussia Dortmund, coach Mauricio Pochettino must keep the team in 4-3-3, favoring the defensive organization and counterattacks by the flanks: Son is a very fast and strong player in the hand to hand. On the other hand, Harry Kane is the top scorer of Tottenham, with 20 goals scored, however, is absent, due to injury. In addition to this athlete, the coach can not count on Janssen and Dier, also with physical problems.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group A, with 13 points won. The team comes to this match after a home tie against Hoffenheim by (3-3). In the last 10 away matches Borussia Dortmund has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Defensive consistency has been one of the last 6 matches for this competition. In the last 20 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 15 of their 39 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Borussia Dortmund started for this game with a draw, 3-3, at the reception at Hoffenheim, adding the third consecutive game without beating: the goals of the team were scored by Guerrero, Sancho and Gotze. In the 6 games played in the group stage of the Champions League, the Germans won 4. Borussia Dortmund presents huge competition in the offensive sector, however, also several weaknesses in the defensive sector. It is inevitable to highlight the marathon runner Raphael Guerrero, responsible for making much of the left flank. On the other hand, the German Marco Reus is the great highlight of this team, with 17 goals scored. Apparently, there are no absences of weight for this game.