Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund

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Tottenham face familiar European rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in Wednesday's Champions League last-16, first-leg tie.

Tottenham face familiar European rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16, first-leg tie.

Spurs beat BVB home and away in last season’s group stage and will be hoping for another success over the Bundesliga giants to take into the second leg at the Westfalenstadion in three weeks.

Both sides will approach the tie with confidence, as Spurs remain in the Premier League title race in third place after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Leicester City kept them five points behind Liverpool and Man City above them, while Dortmund sit top in Germany.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are considered outsiders for their domestic prize, such has been their rivals’ outstanding form, while Dortmund are favourites to come out on top in the Bundesliga given they are five points clear of second-placed Bayern Munich.

There appears little to choose between the two before Wednesday’s Champions League showdown, but Spurs are weaker than they would like as they remain without key duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with left-back Danny Rose a major doubt after he suffered a shin injury.

Ben Davies is still absent with a groin injury, so Jan Vertonghen could operate on the left, while Kyle Walker-Peters is another option.

Eric Dier is expected to be fit after a virus and Erik Lamela has recovered from a back injury.

The visitors also have injury and illness problems, with Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer, Julian Weigl and Lukasz Piszczek all missing, while England starlet Jadon Sancho will hope to impress on familiar territory.

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