Spurs v Borussia Dortmund: (Match preview)
Venue: Signal Iduna park
Date: Thursday 10 March 18:00pm
Live coverage: BT Sport 2
Preview: Mauricio Pochettino’s men will face arguably their greatest test of the season when they face Dortmund this Thursday, in the round of 16 of the Europa league. Despite our exceptional triumphs this season and excellent form we will enter this tie as underdogs, with Dortmund possessing some of the finest players in Europe, hence why they are the bookmakers favourites for the competition. Dortmund’s attacking line includes two of the worlds most highly regarded players, the goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus a technical genius and highly creative footballer. If the lads are to have any chance of progressing in the competition then Pochettino will have to field a full strength squad, which is by no means ideal as we are battling for the league title at the same time. However, if this season has taught us something than its to expect the unexpected, and if our incredible lads were to stun the electric atmosphere of the Dortmund stadium and nick a win, then we should not be in total shock. COYS⚽️
Team news: Dele Alli is suspended for this tie after picking up the maximum amount of yellows before one is issued a one match suspension and Eric Dier has not travelled either as Pochettino rests the 22 year old. Danny Rose will be absent due to a minor injury, and the 25 year old is unlikely to travel with the squad. In addition despite very good progress and a recent return to training Clinton Njié will not be in the squad for this match. Whilst Jan Vertonghen is still recuperating from his injury. Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier are likely to start at fullback after not starting in the north London derby at the weekend whilst Son will fill in for Alli to make up the attacking three as he’ll look to use his Bundesliga experience to help defeat Dortmund on Thursday night.
My team prediction: (4-2-3-1)
Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dembele, Mason, Son, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane.
My score prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Spurs with goals from Mason and Son.
One to watch: Dortmund’s lightning fast and prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.