Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League campaign continues with a testing trip to take on Bayer Leverkusen. Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain as the only side unbeaten in the English top flight thus far this term after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, but Spurs suffered defeat in their Champions League curtain-raiser against Monaco at Wembley last month.
The north Londoners, though, revived their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the competition with a gutsy 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow last time out and Pochettino would dearly love to see his side take a significant stride towards a place in the last 16 with a win in Germany.
Achieving that objective, however, is far from straightforward, for Leverkusen have lost just one of their last 12 competitive matches on home turf and an impressive 2-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund at BayArena at the beginning of the month underlines just how tough a task Tottenham will face in Germany.
Leverkusen have garnered just two points from their opening two fixtures in Group E, but Roger Schmidt’s side are chalked up as SkyBet’s 6/5 (2.20) favourites to enjoy their first victory of this season’s European campaign against the men from White Hart Lane.
Spurs are a 12/5 (3.40) to claim back-to-back away wins in this competition for the first time, while the odds compilers’ 5/2 (3.50) quote for the match to remain deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes may well prove popular with punters, for Leverkusen have drawn five of their last six matches in this competition, including each of their last three ties on home turf.
There have been goals at both ends in each of Leverkusen's last eight Champions League ties and backing that trend to continue at 8/13 (1.62) may well prove popular, for Spurs have been on target in each of their 11 competitive fixtures in all competitions so far this season.
Those expecting a glut of goals, though, may be left disappointed, for Spurs have failed to score more than a single goal in their last six Champions League matches, plus Leverkusen have kept a clean sheet in six of their last 10 competitive home matches, while fewer than three goals have been scored in three of the last four fixtures that Schmidt’s side have played in this competition.
Javier Hernandez, who has scored in seven goals in his last nine Champions League starts, is expected to lead the line for the hosts, but the former Manchester United man may find his opportunities limited against a side that has conceded just twice in their last six games.
Backing a tight tussle, therefore, is the recommended route for punters and the generous 10/11 (1.91) quote from SkyBet for fewer than three goals to be scored offers excellent value.
|Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with SkyBet|