Spurs face the toughest test of their season on Tuesday night as they travel to Spain to take on the reigning two-time Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have been in excellent form in the tournament so far, winning both of their opening two games, scoring six goals in the process. Their 3-1 victory away from home at Borussia Dortmund was particularly impressive and they could go top of the group if they beat Spurs at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night. However, their domestic form in La Liga has been uncharacteristically poor as they lie fifth in the league, despite winning their last game against Espanyol, with Isco scoring twice.
Spurs, meanwhile, have matched Madrid’s results in the competition and they’re in excellent shape as they head into their biggest meeting of the season so far. A 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend ended their poor run at Wembley and the Whites will be hoping that Harry Kane reproduces his inspired form away from home, after he scored a hat-trick in their last group game against APOEL.
Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur Predictions
Spurs have a mountain to climb here as Real Madrid will be the best opposition that they’ve played so far this season. It promises to be a big game for Harry Kane. If he impresses against Real Madrid, then they’ll take note and might make him a transfer target. If Spurs are heavily beaten, then he might realise that if he’s to succeed and win trophies, then his future may lie away from North London.
Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips
Head to Head
- Real Madrid are unbeaten against Tottenham in European competition. They have faced each other four times previously, with Real winning three of them (one draw).
- Real Madrid beat Tottenham 5-0 on aggregate in the 2010/11 quarter-finals.
- Real Madrid have failed to score just once in their last 52 Champions League group games (PSG 0-0 Real Madrid, October 2015).
- Real Madrid have conceded in 75% of their competitive games this season, but have won 75% of them as well.
- Los Blancos have won 91% of their Champions League home games since their last defeat in 2009.
- Spurs have scored in 80% of their away games in the Champions League and have found the net in all of their away matches this season.
- Harry Kane’s last 13 goals have all come away from home.
Real Madrid Team News
Gareth Bale is unlikely to play against his former club as he’s recovering from a calf injury. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is also a doubt after suffering an injury whilst on international duty. Kiko Casilla is likely to deputise.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News
Jan Vertonghen returns from suspension for Spurs and Mousa Dembele is also in contention to feature in the game. However, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are all out with injuries, but have returned to light training.