Friday, February 28, 2020

Prediction: Tottenham vs Bayern Munich

Verdict: Bayern Munich to score over 1.5 goals

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

In what has all the makings of what could be an extremely lively encounter, Spurs will welcome Bayern Munich to North London in their second Group B encounter on Tuesday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, while Tottenham may have managed to snatch an extremely hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton in North London over the weekend, it doesn’t cover what has been a worryingly inconsistent start for Mauricio Pochattino’s men. Despite reaching last year’s Champions League final out in Madrid back in June, Spurs’ Argentinan boss has seen his side win just two of their last eight matches across all competitions. Also humiliated away at League Two outfit Colchester and crashing out of the League Cup last week, issues both on and off the pitch have dampened the mood around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Throwing away a two-goal lead against Olympiakos to open their Champions League campaign earlier in the month, Spurs will also need to improve on some very worrying defensive issues. The Lilywhites have recorded just a single clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League fixtures and could be in for another long nights work on Tuesday.

Team News

For Tottenham, there are no fresh injury concerns heading into Tuesday night. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain the only long term absentees with hip and hamstring injuries respectively.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, while Tottenham might be showing some glaring issues at the start of the new season, Bayern Munich find the mood in their camp on the rise. Putting three past Bundesliga debutants Paderborn on the road over the weekend, Head Coach Niko Kovač has seen his side once again reclaim their spot at the top of the table and are one of just two sides in Germany’s top-tier to boast an unbeaten start. Also opening their Champions League campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Crvena Zvezda a fortnight ago, it will be their lethal form in the final third most impressing fans around the Allianz Arena. Bagging nine goals in just their last three matches across all competitions, one man to watch on Tuesday will be leading marksman, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish icon has already opened his European account and has scored a very impressive 12 goals in his opening eight appearances for the defending German champions.

Team News

Bayern remain without midfielder Leon Goretzka and 19-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp. Left-back David Alaba has recently returned to first-team training and may well be involved.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides met in the Audi Cup during pre-season they played out a 2-2 draw.
  • Tottenham have won just two of their last eight matches across all competitions.
  • Harry Kane has scored in his last three matches across all competitions.
  • Robert Lewandowski has 12 goals already this season.
  • Spurs have recorded just a single clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches.

Conclusion

On paper, Bayern Munich should see this as a golden opportunity to extend on their unbeaten start to the new campaign. Really starting to click in the final third and led by attacking talisman Robert Lewandowski, the German giants will be looking to exploit on Tottenham’s continued issues. Winning just a pair of their last eight matches across all formats and showing some worrying struggles at the back, we’re backing Bayern to enjoy another bright 90 minutes in front of goal.

Verdict: Bayern Munich to score over 1.5 goals

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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