Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Westfalenstadion

Punter's Pick

Dortmund may just about scrape a win and end a run of three defeats against Tottenham at 19/20 with Bet365. Alternatively Dortmund to win and both teams to score is an appealing 12/5 with the same firm, with the hosts struggling to keep a clean sheet at home or in Europe at present.

Struggling Tottenham travel to Germany to take on Bundesliga league leaders Borussia Dortmund looking to put their domestic struggles behind them and progress in the Champions League.
Tottenham going off the boil at the critical time?

Since their super 3-0 victory over Dortmund in the first-leg, Tottenham have suddenly gone off the boil in the Premier League, leaving their title hopes pretty much in tatters, and a race for the top four looking a more realistic proposition. A 2-1 defeat by Burnley was immediately followed by a defeat by bitter rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and then a lacklustre home draw against arch rivals Arsenal.

Their last three performances have been characterised by a lack of invention in attack, tired looking legs in midfield and several mistakes at the back. Much has been made of Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity, and their squad depth and lack of it may now finally be beginning to tell. The return of Harry Kane has also failed to inspire a charge for the title, and they may now happily settle for a top four place a long run in the Champions League.

Dortmund running out of steam in title race?

Spurs’ opponents themselves have been enduring a tough time of it recently, frittering away a seven point lead in the Bundesliga in recent weeks to now lead the title race on goal difference only from Bayern Munich. A mini crisis in form and confidence seems to have turned into a full blown one, as they slumped to 2-1 defeat at the weekend to relegation threatened Augsburg. That result made it just one win in their last five league games, hardly ideal preparation for trying to turn around a 3-0 first leg deficit.

Their one bright spark in recent weeks and pretty much all season has been the form of Jadon Sancho. The brilliant England teenager looked their only threat in the first leg, but a lack of quality around him snuffed out his effectiveness, particularly in the second half. With Spurs looking vulnerable in the fullback position in recent games, Dortmund will be hoping he can continue his electric form.

Team News

Dortmund’s joint league scorer and talisman Marco Reus missed the first leg through injury, but made his return to action in Friday’s defeat at Augsburg. They will desperately need his goals and creativity to have any chance of turning around the first leg deficit, with Mario Gotze being a virtual passenger in the first leg in an unfamiliar false number 9 role.

Fellow joint top scorer Paco Alcacer is also available after missing the first leg through injury, and could form an attacking trio alongside Reus and Jadon Sancho, or quartet with Mario Gotze if Dortmund decide to all out attack from the kick off.

Tottenham came through the North London Derby with no fresh injury concerns, with Dele Alli still not ready for a return. With a 3-0 lead, they may elect to rotate some of their players, with Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela in particular looking for a place in the starting XI.

Too high a mountain for Dortmund to climb?

History suggests that Dortmund will need a minor miracle to progress, with deficits of three goals or more not easy to overturn. However, AS Roma were able to beat Barcelona 3-0 last season to progress on away goals after losing 4-1, giving Dortmund some hope. However to score three or more goals and keep a clean sheet seems like a tall order, although they will certainly not go out without.

Punter's Pick

Dortmund may just about scrape a win and end a run of three defeats against Tottenham at 19/20 with Bet365. Alternatively Dortmund to win and both teams to score is an appealing 12/5 with the same firm, with the hosts struggling to keep a clean sheet at home or in Europe at present.

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