Real Madrid v Tottenham Champions League Betting Tips October 17th 2017
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Real Madrid v Tottenham Champions League Betting Tips: Match Preview
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Real Madrid have beaten Apoel Nicosia (3-0) and Borussia Dortmund (3-1) by identical score-lines to Tottenham Hotspur. As a result, there is no way to differentiate between the two sides topping group H.
For Real Madrid, they have to make full use of their home advantage at the Santiago Bernabéu by defeating Tottenham and taking a step ahead at top of the group. Dortmund have already been beaten down in the standings and must now win successive games against Apoel Nicosia.
The Tottenham game will be an interesting test for a Real Madrid side that have underwhelmed domestically. Zinedine Zidane is hallowed for winning consecutive Champions Leagues and La Liga, but even he might feel pressure if Los Merengues add to their two draws and single defeat.
The conceding of six league goals suggests a lack of sharpness at the back, while a return of 13 goals places Real 10 behind Barcelona. Real must be concerned that Barca have won all seven games and hold a seven-point advantage already, so Zidane’s men are at risk of becoming distracted against Tottenham.
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Harry Kane exceled in a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund and a 3-0 win against Apoel Nicosia to earn his status as the current Champions League goal-scorer on five. The England international will be hard-pushed to retain the accolade by the end of the competition, but five goals in just two matches is indicative of his immense quality.
Thanks to Kane, Tottenham have gained valuable ground ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who will surely be more likely to threaten than Apoel Nicosia. By defeating the Bundesliga side, Tottenham are top of group H, alongside Real Madrid on six points.
Spurs will not want to drop points against Real, but they will still be in the chase if they lose two narrow games and avoid heavy defeats. Obviously, Mauricio Pochettino will want to do better than that, but the sheer array of star talent at Real Madrid only adds to the ultra-difficult challenge.
In the Dortmund victory, Tottenham exhibited tactical maturity in allowing Dortmund to have 68% possession. The score changed three times in the first 15 minutes, but Tottenham were wise to let the Germans take the game to them. Tottenham like to press heavily, but they cannot do this against Real Madrid for the full game and must pick their moments.
Real Madrid used a 4-4-2 diamond in their last La Liga game, which saw Los Merengues win at home 2-0 versus Espanyol. Gareth Bale sat out the international break with a hamstring strain and his absence would suggest the continuation of the current setup.
In a 4-4-2 diamond, Real attack through the centre, with Isco being the main man as the number 10. Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio have licence to break into the channels, but the width is predominantly provided by the fullback duo of Marcelo and Dani Carvajal. However, both could miss out after not playing against Espanyol.
There is never a good time to play Real Madrid, but Tottenham might be able to avoid a heavy defeat and keep matters competitive, what with Zidane missing key players.
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