UEFA CL: Real Madrid Vs Tottenham Hotspur, match preview

UEFA CL: Real Madrid Vs Tottenham Hotspur, match preview

17 Oct 2017, 06:00

Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday hoping a result against European champions Real Madrid will mean they retain at least a share of the lead in Group H.

Theirs is the only pool in which two teams sit level on six points after each winning their first two matches of the campaign, meaning the points on offer on Matchday 3 will have a tremendous hand in deciding the group winner.

As if Real and Spurs weren't close enough after two games, the Group H joint leaders are also identical in goals scored and conceded after beating pool rivals Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino left the helm of former club Espanyol before Real counterpart Zinedine Zidane rose into the continent's managerial hierarchy, and he'll hope seniority has a part to play on Tuesday.

Team News

Jan Vertonghen is back after suspension but Dele Alli still has one game to serve.

Mousa Dembele is in contention to feature, but Victor Wanyama remains out along with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.

Gareth Bale is in a race to be fit to face his former club after being struck down with an infection in the membrane around his heart.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is a doubt after suffering an adductor muscle injury on international duty, meaning Kiko Casilla could start on Tuesday.

Predicted line-ups

Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Isco, Benzema.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld; Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Kane, Son.

Head to head

Tottenham have faced Real Madrid just four times in their history; losing three times and drawing once.

The most recent games were in the Champions League seven years ago which saw the Spanish giants run out 4-0 winners on aggregate to reach the semi-finals.

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