Michael Owen states his prediction for Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Borussia Dortmund to beat Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night but is tipping Spurs to progress to the last eight
Michael Owen is backing Tottenham Hotspur to score an away goal in a defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Spurs are in a commanding position in the Champions League tie after Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 3-0 winners against the Bundesliga outfit at Wembley last month.
Goals from Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente in the second half in the English capital left Tottenham on the brink of the round of eight.
Tottenham have been on a miserable run of form since their Champions League win after managing to collect just one point from their last three Premier League fixtures.
Spurs lost to Burnley and Chelsea FC before Arsenal held Pochettino’s men to a 1-1 draw in the north London derby at Wembley last weekend.
Dortmund lost 2-1 to Augsburg in their last Bundesliga fixture to end a five-game unbeaten run and allow Bayern Munich to move level on points with them at the top of the table.
Former Manchester United striker Owen is backing Dortmund to secure victory in the second leg but is confident Spurs will score a vital away goal to book their place in next round.
“It is eight years since Spurs reached their only Champions League quarter-final, but they take a three-goal lead to Germany on Tuesday and no side in the history of the competition – seven have tried and failed – have ever overturned a 3-0 deficit from the 1st leg,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Neither side have been in a rich vein of form since the 1st leg at Wembley. Dortmund had 72% of the possession but lost 2-1 at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday and they now lead Bayern Munich by just goal difference at the top-of-the-table having held a comfortable lead for most of the season.
“Spurs have scored in their last 17 Champions League games and a goal in Dortmund will mean the hosts have to score five to qualify for the last eight. I expect the Premier League side to grab that vital goal and be in the open draw for the quarter-finals on Friday week.”
Tottenham have never won the Champions League title.
Spurs have won four of their two-legged ties against German clubs.