Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Thursday; March 17; 2016
Kick off: 20:05 GMT
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Last week’s convincing 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund threatened to knock the wind out of Tottenham Hotspur’s season. However, Spurs will seek inspiration from the Club Brugge class of 1987 as they attempt to overturn a 3-0 deficit in their Europa League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Only once have Dortmund failed to progress in a European tie having won the first leg at home, with Club Brugge proving their nemesis in the UEFA Cup in the 1987-88 season.
There’s a big call for Mauricio Pochettino to make after he reaped the rewards for all the changes in the first leg by having Harry Kane fresh and firing at Aston Villa.
The Londoners need to complete mission impossible, as Dortmund are in an outstanding playing form, with only one injured man and they have yet to be lose in 2016. Also were impressive in a 2-0 win against Mainz in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
After playing a weakened team in the first leg, it’s unlikely that Spurs will go all out on Thursday night, with their priorities firmly focused on their attempt to win the Premier League.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P30– W16– D10– L4
BVB’s Bundesliga record: P26– W19– D4– L3
Tottenham’s Recent form (All competitions): W-L-D-L-W
BVB’s Recent form (All competitions): W-W-D-W-W
Head to Head Stats:
IUC 10-03-2016 Borussia Dortmund 3 : 0 Tottenham
ICF 03-08-2008 Tottenham 3 : 0 Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham team news:
- Dele Alli returns from suspension and is expected to come back into the starting XI for the welcome of Borussia Dortmund as Spurs look to overturn a three-goal deficit on home turf.
- Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are both injured but will return to training after the international break.
BVB team news:
- Thomas Tuchel is sweating on the fitness of Erik Durm, Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender, though the trio are unlikely to be risked ahead of their trip to Spurs.
- Given their lead coming into the second leg, Tuchel may rotate his XI to keep his side fresh for their Bundesliga outings.
- Adrian Ramos and Shinji Kagawa are both in line to start, should that indeed be the case.
Spurs predicted starting line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Son, Alli, Lamela; Kane.
BVB predicted starting line-up: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Weigl; Castro, Reus, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan; Ramos.
• Spurs’ record in three UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2 (W1 at home – L2 away):
W 4-3 H v RSC Anderlecht (1983/84 UEFA Cup final)
L 6-5 A v PSV Eindhoven (2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16)
L 4-1 A v FC Basel 1893 (2012/13 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals)
• Dortmund’s record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W2 D2 (W1 L1 at home – W1 L1 away):
W 6-5 A v AJ Auxerre (1992/93 UEFA Cup semi-finals)
W 3-1 H v Rangers FC (1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round)
L 4-2 H Club Brugge KV (2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
L 4-3 A Udinese Calcio (2008/09 UEFA Cup first round) Match facts (via Opta):
- Dortmund have hit the woodwork ten times since matchday one – twice as many times as any other side in the competition this season. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been responsible for five of those near misses.
- The clubs have two former players in common: midfielder Steffen Freund went to White Hart Lane from Dortmund in 1998; defender Lee Young-Pyo left Spurs for Dortmund in 2008.
- Borussia Dortmund have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).
- Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min scored five times in his five matches against Dortmund, with Hamburger SV and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
- Borussia Dortmund have kept a clean sheet in their last 3matches (UEFA Europa League).
- Borussia Dortmund have won their last 3 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Prediction: Spurs 2-2 BVB