Group of Death leaders Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotpsur go head to head in one of the highest anticipating matches this week in the Champions League. Both Spanish and English outfit will be looking to extend their perfect record in the competition and we fully expect to see a cracker of the game.
Spurs out to extend unbeaten run
The 2-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea in August remains to this date the only time Tottenham were beaten this season. Eleven matches in the new campaign across all competitions have proven Mauricio Pochettino’s men have gained maturity and consistency in their level of performances which comes as great news for Spurs fans. Tottenham have become one of the most efficient teams in England while their strength also lies in grinding out results, which was the case last weekend when they fought hard to beat resilient Bournemouth at home. Pep Guardiola might have called them a Harry Kane team but Tottenham are a well-oiled unit with plenty of players capable of solving a match. The England striker is, however, enjoying a rich vein of form and his nine goals in last six matches stand as enough of a proof. The 24-year-old forward did not get his name on the scoresheet this weekend but will be extremely motivated to put on a show against a side reportedly interested in his services.
Left-back Ben Davies missed the Bournemouth match due to illness and Jan Vertonghen is most likely to once again deputise on the left. Danny Rose is only getting back to training and is not expected to take any part in the match.
Winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou picked up a head injury against Bournemouth and will be spared for the trip to Spain. Lamela, Wanyama and Dembele remain long-term absentees.
Zinedine Zidane a Centurion
The French tactician celebrated an important milestone this weekend. Zinedine Zidane has reached the 100-match mark at Real Madrid helm which he celebrated with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe. Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the closing stages of the first half but Molina put hosts level with his 56th-minute strike. Real Madrid were unable to penetrate through all the way until dying moments when Cristiano Ronaldo came to rescue. The Spanish giants and European champions have displayed commendable resilience as they coped well with pressure to close the gap behind leaders Barcelona to five points after the Catalans drew with Atletico Madrid. Heading into the Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid will be keen to overthrow the English side from the group summit and continue the march towards the knockouts. The Group was expected to go down the wire but German hot-shots Borussia Dortmund have disappointed with two opening defeats in Europe’s elite competition.
Gareth Bale continues to nurture a recurrence on his calf injury last month. Another former Tottneham star Luka Modric is expected to be fit to play against Spurs. Marcelo, Theo Hernandez and Toni Kroos all return to action, but Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic remain on the sidelines.
First-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is a doubt due to his foot injury.
Fireworks are expected when Real Madrid lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night. Both Spanish and English side are known for their attack-oriented style of play which is attractive and visually pleasing as well. Both teams will be keen to extend their winning runs in the competition and will not spare the punches.
Top pick: Both teams to score 1.63 (5/8) @188Bet
Alternative pick 1: Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime 1.57 (4/7) @Unibet
Alternative pick 2: Real Madrid & Both Teams to Score 2.6 (8/5) @Ladbrokes