Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday; March 10; 2016
Kick off: 18:00 GMT
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Tottenham Hotspur go into Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Borussia Dortmund aiming to bounce back from what proved to be a disappointing draw against Arsenal. Both teams are still in with a shout of the league title, but their desire to win the Europa League is still strong. Whoever comes through this potentially absorbing tie has just two hurdles left between themselves and the final in Basel.
Dortmund are are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions – a run which includes nine wins – and hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 29 goals in 33 games this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on a concerning run of form having won only two of their last six competitive outings and will find it difficult to get the better of a Dortmund side that has lost only once at home in all competitions this season.
The German giants are impressive at home and should sneak a first leg win against Spurs.
BVB’s Bundesliga record: P25– W18– D4– L3
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P29– W15– D10– L4
BVB’s Recent form (All competitions): D-W-W-W-W
Tottenham’s Recent form (All competitions): D-L-W-W-L
Head to Head Stat: ICF 03-08-2008 Tottenham 3 : 0 Borussia Dortmund
BVB team news:
- Thomas Tuchel is without only the injured Sokratis, with the Greek defender suffering with a groin problem. Sven Bender is expected to parter Mats Hummels at centre-back as a result, though Neven Subotic is an option.
- Marcel Schmelzer should start at left-back, but Joo-Ho Park is an option for the Bundesliga side.
Tottenham team news:
- Dele Alli is suspended for Spurs, though would likely have missed out anyway with the England international carrying a knee and ankle injury.
- Jan Vertonghen, Clinton N’Jie and Danny Rose are all sidelined due to injury for the Premier League outfit.
- Heung-min Son could come into the side in place of Alli, with Kieran Trippier is also expected to start at right-back. Ryan Mason is set to start, with Eric Dier not included in the travelling party.
BVB predicted starting line-up: Burki; Piszczek , Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer, Weigl, Gundogan, Reus, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Spurs predicted starting line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dembele, Mason; Son, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane
Match facts (via Opta):
- Borussia Dortmund has lost just one of its last eight matches at home to English sides in European competition, that defeat coming against Arsenal.
- The last time Dortmund faced an English side in the knockout phases of a European competition, it went on to win the tournament (against Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final in 1996-97).
- Only Aritz Aduriz (7) has scored more Europa League goals this season than Erik Lamela (6).
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has created more chances in the Europa League than any other Dortmund player this season (20).
Prediction: BVB 2-1 Spurs