During the group stage of this competition, Borussia Dortmund were in imperious form, scoring 10 goals in six games, losing just once while keeping it tight defensively by recording five clean sheets (more than any other side in the group stage).
Yet they haven’t looked nearly as formidable domestically in recent games, with successive draws putting a dent in their title ambitions.
In the Westfalenstadion on Saturday, Lucien Favre’s men inexplicably threw away a three-goal lead against mid-table Hoffenheim to draw 3-3 and see their advantage at the top of the Bundesliga get cut to five points following Bayern Munich’s win over Schalke.
Dortmund’s recent form in the knockout stages of UEFA competitions doesn’t bode too well either, with just one win in their last six matches.
As for Spurs, despite being dumped out of both the League Cup and the FA Cup within the space of three days in January, they have managed to maintain pace in the Premier League’s top four race. A run of five wins from six league games since the turn of the year sees Mauricio Pochettino’s charges sit in a comfortable third spot in the Premier League going into this clash.
The history of both sides puts them at odds with each other. On the one hand, Spurs have never won a home game in the Champions League knockout stage; on the other, they managed to beat Dortmund home and away in the group stages of last year’s competition.
Dortmund have lost three of their last four away games in England, but the one win came against Spurs back in 2016.
Both teams are also missing key players. The North Londoners have to make do without prolific striker Harry Kane and talisman Dele Alli, while the visiting Germans travel minus the services of their inspirational skipper and leading scorer this season, Marco Reus.
However, while we’re backing both teams to score, we think Spurs will edge it on the night because they possess a lean, mean Dortmund killing machine: Son Heung-Min.
Not only is the South Korean on a hot streak right now with ten goals from his last 11 games, he has proven to be particularly adept at breaching the much-vaunted Yellow Wall in the past.
Of the four meetings between these teams in Europe, Son has netted three times…yet his reign of terror goes back even further. While at Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, Son scored five goals in five games against Dortmund, meaning his tally against the Black and Yellows is eight goals from nine games.
With Son bound to score against Dortmund yet again to ensure Spurs come out on top despite shipping an unfortunate away goal, we reckon 4/1 for this Same Game Multi is a great shout.
- Same Game Multi summary: Spurs evens, BTTS @8/13, Son Heung-Min Anytime Goalscorer @11/10 comes in at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
* All odds correct at time of posting.