After Manchester United’s home loss to PSG, Tottenham Hotspur will be keen to avoid a similar fate against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in their knockout tie.
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Tottenham Hotspur have one fresh injury concern ahead of this leg, as Danny Rose is a doubt after suffering shin laceration in Sunday’s win over Leicester.
Eric Dier (illness) and Erik Lamela (back) are both fully fit and expected to feature here.
Harry Kane (ankle), Ben Davies (groin) and Dele Alli (hamstring) are the North Londoners’ only absentees.
Borussia Dortmund are without captain, Marco Reus who is sidelined with a thigh injury.
Lukasz Piszczek (heel), Jlian Weigl (illness) and Paco Alcacer (shoulder are also ruled out for the Bundesliga side.
- Tottenham have won last two meetings, having lost previous two beforehand (W2, L2).
- All four meetings have come in this decade (2015-16 Europa League Round of 32, 2017-18 Champions League Group Stage).
- Two of last three meetings have finished 2-1 in favour of team who were playing away.
- Dortmund have progressed from two of their last three appearances at this stage of the Champions League.
- Five of Tottenham’s nine goals in group stage came from players other than Harry Kane.
I am expecting a tough test of Tottenham here because although they have coped without Kane, Dortmund will really expose the absent quality up front if are at their best.
Ultimately, Spurs should edge this purely on home advantage but will be a tough game.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Result: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund