Date: Tuesday March 5 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm GMT
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
At a crucial part of the season, things seem to be unravelling for both of these sides. Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund were beaten on Friday, meaning that Bayern Munich are now level on points with them domestically. Meanwhile, one point in three Premier League games has ended any ambitions Spurs had of lifting the title. The only trophy they can possibly win is the Champions League, so there’s pressure on them to see out their 3-0 lead over Dortmund when the pair meet on Tuesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur have put themselves in a fantastic position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and are expected to complete the job on their trip to Germany.
Spurs only scraped into the knockout stage by the narrowest margin but look to be taking full advantage of their opportunity as three goals without reply from Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente at Wembley have put them in full control of this tie.
They will surely qualify at the expense of a Dortmund team that have just been caught on 54 points at the top of the Bundesliga table by Bayern Munich following a 2-1 defeat at Augsburg on Friday, which made it only one win in seven matches in all competitions.
In fairness, Spurs’ Premier League form has also taken a downturn with only one point garnered from a possible nine having left them firmly in the battle to finish in the top four rather than for the title itself.
Spurs can’t exactly say the same. They have lost three of five trips to the top eight, which doesn’t include future clashes at Man City and Liverpool. They come into this game on the back of four straight defeats on the road, losing their hopes of winning three trophies in that run. They come here nervy, with something to protect. Dortmund should get forward as they look to get back into the game, so we’re backing the hosts to claim a second leg win here.
Dortmund are still scoring plenty of goals at home, but the problem is they are also conceding them – eight in their last three games at the Westfalenstadion and no clean sheet in six – which looks to give Spurs a strong chance of not only going through but also avoiding defeat on the night.
Prediction: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham Hotspur Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
February 13 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
November 21 2017: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
September 13 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Total head-to-head matches played: 5
Borussia Dortmund wins: 2
Tottenham Hotspur wins: 3