Dortmund vs Tottenham Champions League Preview


Dortmund vs Tottenham Match Preview

Dortmund have a mountain to climb to progress here. In European cup history, teams have lost 3-0 in the first-leg away and turned it around just seven out of 130 times (5.38%). The Germans have, however, won half of the 16 UEFA ties where they lost the first-leg on the road.

At the mighty Westfalen stadium, it seems as though nothing is impossible. Dortmund have already won with a scoreline that would secure at least extra-time on four occasions this season - with two of them coming in the Champions League (CL), against Monaco and Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham are firmly in the driving seat though, and stand an excellent chance of reaching the CL quarter-finals for only the second time ever. Mauricio Pochettino’s men make their way to Dortmund after winning the first-leg 3-0 - importantly conceding no ‘away’ goals.

Encouragingly for the travelling contingent, the club’s 3-0 defeat here in 2016 is the sole blot across Tottenham’s last five visits to Germany (W2, D2, L1). Furthermore, they remain the best away side over in the Premier League this season (W11, L4).

They have conceded three goals or more in just one away match this season, and have not yet lost by more than a two goal margin (in all competitions). Goals could be expected though, as they’ve conceded in five straight road trips.

Players to watch: 

Rumored to be fit again, Dortmund MVP Marco Reus has six goals in his last nine competitive matches.

Tottenham’s own ace in the pack, Harry Kane, has three goals in three matches against Dortmund.

Stat attack: 

Dortmund have won just one of their last seven matches in the knockout stages of UEFA competitions.

All five H2Hs have featured three goals or more.

Dortmund have been behind at half-time once in this season’s CL - Tottenham have not yet been in the lead.

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