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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Borussia Dortmund v Spurs, 05.03.19

This season's home game - Spurs 3 Borussia Dortmund 0 - 13.02.2019
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Spurs' record in Europe:-
The official crest of Tottenham Hotspur
U.E.F.A Champions League
 
 P  W   D   L   F - A
32 14   8  10  60 - 43
 
European Cup
P   W   D   L   F - A
8   4   1   3  21 - 13
 
(Semi-Finalists 1962)
 
European Cup Winners Cup
 
P   W   D   L   F - A
33  20  5   8  65 - 34
 
(Winners 1963)
 
UEFA Cup/Europa League
 P    W   D   L   F - A
140  78  36  26  276-121 
 
(Winners 1972, 1984
 Finalists 1974)
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Total
P    W   D   L   F - A
213 116 50  47  422-211

Make it a good news day Spurs!

Good news

1. Spurs are 3-0 up following our fantastic win at Wembley three weeks ago.

2. Harry Kane is back in action for Spurs and has scored two goals in the three games he has played since his return.

3. The win over Dortmund was our fourth consecutive win without "one of our own".

4. Son scored in each of those four games. Llorente scored twice including the third goal against BVB.

5. Looking at the club's official Twitter feed and footage of the squad departing for Germany, it looked to me like a pretty full squad, with the exception of Dele Alli. I definitely saw Eric Dier and Harry Winks among those travelling.

6. Although still top of the Bundesliga, they lead Bayern Munich on goal difference only, having had a seven point lead at the beginning of February.

7. Borussia Dortmund's recent form has seen them win just one of their last seven games in all competitions.They have drawn four and lost two games.

8. Our opponents lost their last game, away to Augsburg on Friday.

9. If we can score one goal, Dortmund will need to score five goals to beat us.

10. Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek remains absent through injury. Chelsea loanee Christian Pulisic is regarded as doubtful for this game, although he is back in training after suffering a thigh injury.

Bad news

1. Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in regular time in any game at home this season. However, we don't need to win tomorrow!

2. Top scorers Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer are back in action. Alcacer scored Dortmund's one goal in their 2-1 defeat on Friday night against fourth from bottom side Augsburg. As reported in my preview of the home game, Alcacer scored a hat-trick in the home win against the same side in October. Reus returned against Augsberg, but went off after 66 minutes. He has gone on record as saying he will try to be ready for 120 minutes tomorrow if necessary.

3. Dortmund have failed to score at least two goals at home in only one game this season. That was a 0-0 draw against Club Brugge in their Group match.

4. The Westfalenstadion at Signal-Iduna-Park is usually filled with 80,000 fans for home games, but for this game will probably be redcued to around 66,000.

5. Dele Alli is listed as a definite absentee, whilst both Dier and Winks are regarded as "doubtful".

6. Dortmund beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in their home group match early in the season.

7. Spurs have yet to win a game in the three played since Harry Kane's recent return to the team.

Make it a good news day Spurs! I believe we will score at least one goal making BVB's task so much harder. Teams have come back from such deficits before, but I do believe we will do enough to qualify for a second Champions League quarter-final, perhaps losing by the odd goal in three.

The Spurs Odyssey match report will be online on Wednesday evening.

Tomorrow's match referee will be Danny Makkelie. He and his team, including the VAR officials are from The Netherlands. Spurs have not encountered this referee previously. Mr. Makkelie is 36 years old and a regular official at Champions League and European national level. He was in charge of England's home Nations League defeat by Spain last September.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On March 2nd, 1999, Spurs beat Southampton 3-0 with goals from Armstrong, Iversen and Dominguez.

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