Tottenham v Real Madrid: Chance for Spurs to make real statement
Tottenham will welcome Real Madrid to Wembley after their 1-1 stalemate in the Spanish capital
Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are set to clash in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with the sides playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture last time out.
The result was a landmark for Spurs and a statement that Mauricio Pochettino’s men can mix it with the best in European football.
However, with Tottenham on the back of two consecutive defeats to West Ham United and Manchester United ahead of the return at Wembley, the North London club will need to be at their very best to get anything from the game.
Those gambling on the outcome should claim one of these free bets, with Madrid the overarching favourites to triumph at odds of 11/10.
Despite being at home, Tottenham can expect to spend the majority of the game not in possession, which could well work in their favour.
Against Borussia Dortmund in their first Champions League game of the campaign, the German visitors dominated the ball but Spurs took full advantage on the counter attack.
Tottenham’s chances could well impinge on the availability of star striker Harry Kane, who has missed the last two games with a niggling hamstring complaint.
The Premier League Golden Boot holder is in red-hot form and would be motivated to score against the current European champions – the bookmakers have the Spurs talisman at odds of 4/1 to net the first goal on Wednesday.
Madrid have world-class quality across their team, but Zinedine Zidane’s men have failed to hit the heights of last season so far this term.
A 2-1 defeat to Girona at the weekend means that the capital city side are already eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, with something not quite right at the Santiago Bernabeu.
For Tottenham to stand a chance of getting something from the game, the English side’s usually watertight defence must be up to the task of dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and the rest of the Madrid superstars.
Should Hugo Lloris and the Spurs rearguard manage to keep a clean sheet, the hosts will fancy themselves to score at the other end – odds of 9/2 for Pochettino’s men to stop the Spaniards from scoring are an inviting wager.
One wildcard for Tottenham will be the return of Dele Alli, who has sat out the side’s three Champions League games so far this season through suspension.
The mercurial England international will hope to make an impact in the showcase fixture and odds of 28/11 for the attacking midfielder to score at anytime looks like a good bet.
Tottenham and Madrid look like the sides set to qualify from Group H, but a win for either here will propel the victor towards potentially topping the pool.