Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund: What to expect in their Champions League last-16 tie

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Tottenham take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Wembley on Wednesday.

The two sides met in last season’s group stage with Tottenham winning 3-1 at home and 2-1 in Germany.

After taking one point from their first three games in this season’s competition, Spurs finished second behind Barcelona in Group B by picking seven points from their final three games.

Dortmund finished top of Group A on goal difference from Atletico Madrid thanks largely to their 4-0 win over the LaLiga side on October 24.

We take a closer look at what to expect from both teams ahead of their game at Wembley.

Dortmund to draw with Tottenham

Dortmund travel to London five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga despite dropping points in their last two league games.

They drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt before squandering a 3-0 lead on Saturday at home to Hoffenheim, who scored three times in the last 15 minutes to secure a draw.

In between those two league matches, Lucien Favre’s side also drew their German Cup tie with Werder Bremen 3-3 before losing 4-2 on penalties.


Despite going 30 Premier League games without a draw, Tottenham drew two of their six Group B games against PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona.

Less than 2.5 goals scored

With a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at stake, this is expected to be a low-scoring game.

Dortmund qualified from the group stage with the competition’s best defensive record with just two goals conceded in their six games.

Those two goals came in the 2-0 loss at Atletico Madrid and Dortmund will hope to leave Wembley with their sixth clean sheet in the competition.

Tottenham’s priority will be to stop Dortmund from taking an away goal back to the Westfalenstadion ahead of next month’s second leg and Spurs will hope to nick a goal at the other end to give them a first-leg advantage.

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Eriksen to be anytime scorer

Only four Tottenham players have scored in this season’s competition so far and one of them is injured talisman Harry Kane, who scored four of their nine goals before injuring his ankle against Manchester United on January 13.

Christian Eriksen will be looking to add to the two goals he scored in the two games against Inter Milan.

The Denmark playmaker netted his first goal in seven matches in Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Leicester, scoring from the edge of the box.

If Dortmund allow Eriksen space and time from the same distance, the 26-year-old will try his luck.

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