Match Preview : Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham will start their campaign in the UEFA Champions League when they will face a tricky test against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium in the group of death.
Tottenham are starting the Champions League in the group stage. Last year, they failed to go through the group stage where there also were CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, and Monaco. They are coming from their second win in the Premier League. Currently, they are the fifth-ranked, with two wins, one draw, and one loss. Interestingly, they’ve failed to win at home; both wins were gained away. Their squad has recently been improved with Aurier from PSG, Sanchez from Ajax, and Liorente from Swansea, who will be a substitute for Kane. They too are starting in the group stage. Last year, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Monaco. They lost with a combined score of 3 – 6. They are coming from their first draw, after two initial clean-sheets wins, in the Bundesliga. Currently, they are the first-ranked in Germany. Recently, they were left without Dembele, who was transferred to Barcelona for € 105M. Hopefully their recent reinforcement, attacker Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kyiv, will prove to be a valuable player. Also, it’s great they kept Aubameyang, who scored amazing 31 goals during the previous season of Bundesliga and 7 goals in the Champions League.
Match Details :
Date: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
Time : 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/ 00:15 IST
Venue: Wembley Stadium
TV Broadcast : BT Sports 3 (UK), Sony Ten Network(India)
Live Stream : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Tottenham : Victor Wanyama remains out with a knee injury but Mousa Dembele could return to the starting line-up on Wednesday. The Belgian made a cameo appearance in the win over Everton, with Mauricio Pochettino previously admitted his midfielder struggles to play three times in a week. Elsewhere, Spurs have no fresh injury concerns beyond Moussa Sissoko suffering a knock at Goodison Park.
Borussia Dortmund : Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer and defender Marc Bartra are not expected to feature after suffering injuries at the weekend. Schmelzer will now be sidelined for “around six weeks”, while Bartra is a doubt for the Group H opener with a muscular problem in his leg.Dortmund are already without the likes of Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Schurrle, Erik Durm and Sebastian Rode.
Predicted Tottenham XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Dele; Kane
Predicted Borussia Dortmund XI: Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Zagadou; Castro, Sahin, Gotze; Pulisic, Philipp; Aubameyang
Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund: Head to head:
The only time the two met was in season 2015/2016 of UEFA Europe League. They encountered in the 8th finals, where Tottenham were defeated with a combined score of 5-1. At Wembley, they lost the game on 1-2 ft score-line.