Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Real Madrid vs Tottenham Match Preview, Team News & Possible Lineups + Other UCL Today's Fixtures

Spurs have lost just one match this season, and they are in the midst of a nine match unbeaten run.
Real Madrid vs Tottenham
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
Date: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 West Africa Standard Time
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are locked on six points when the ball rolls at Santiago Bernabeu tonight.

Madrid defeated APOEL 3-0 on matchday 1 before bagging a big win in Germany against Borussia Dortmund in the last round by a 3-1 margin.

Spurs on the other hand, started positively with a 3-1 win against Spurs before putting 3 goals past APEOL in Cyprus on matchday 2.

 TEAM NEWS:

Real Madrid - Zinedine Zidane may or may not be able to field goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who is said to be day to day with his fitness. Those that are definitely out at the moment are right back Daniel Carvajal, winger Gareth Bale, and center midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Striker Karim Benzema is working his way back into form, but we shouldn't expect to see him fielded from the start here for the second game in a row.


Tottenham - Mauricio Pochettino will continue to be without attacking midfielder Dele Alli in this match due to his suspension. As well as that, defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and left back Danny Rose remain out for another week or so. Winger Erik Lamela is also out for a couple more weeks with an injury. We would not be shocked to see Pochettino go to a back three in an attempt to take on Madrid in wide areas while having an extra center back.


TEAM FORM:

Real Madrid have four wins and a loss in their last five matches:

1-2 win at Getafe
2-0 home win vs Espanyol
1-3 win at Borussia Dortmund (UCL)
1-2 win at Alaves
0-1 home win vs Real Betis

Spurs have won each of their last five matches:

home 1-0 win vs Bournemouth
0-4 win at Huddersfield
0-3 win at APOEL (UCL)
2-3 win at West Ham
1-0 home win vs Barnsley (EFL Cup)

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casilla; Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Asensio, Ronaldo

Real Madrid C.F. 4-3-3 football formation

Tottenham (3-4-3): Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Son, Kane
Tottenham Hotspur 3-4-3 football formation

KEY STATS:
  • The Blancos are unbeaten in the four head-to-head meetings against Tottenham so far, with wins in three of them.
  • Their most recent meeting was in Tottenham’s first Champions League campaign in 2010/11 season.
  • Madrid knocked Spurs out of the quarter finals with a 5-0 aggregate win – 4-0 at Bernabeu and 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Ronaldo scored a goal each in either legs.
  • Madrid’s record against English Premier League sides is 15 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses from 35 matches.
  • The record at Bernabeu is quite strong with 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses from 10 matches.
  • Spurs have a terrible record against Spanish sides with 1 win coming from 10 games, drawn 3 and lost 6.
  • The lone win came in the 1963 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in a neutral venue against Atletico Madrid.
  • They are win-less in both home and away games against La Liga opposition.
PREDICTION: 

Real 3 1 Spurs - Madrid’s domestic form this season is nothing but shaky. But Zidane often gets his team highly charged up while going against quality oppositions. They had already defeated the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona over two legs. They are most likely to repeat the feat on Tuesday evening as well.


SEE TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURE IN FULL

19:45  —   Maribor VS Liverpool

19:45  —   Spartak Moscow VS Sevilla

19:45  —   Feyenoord VS Shakhtar Donetsk

19:45  —   Manchester City VS SSC Napoli

19:45  —   Monaco VS Besiktas

19:45  —   RasenBallsport Leipzig VS FC Porto

19:45  —   APOEL Nicosia VS Borussia Dortmund

19:45  —   Real Madrid VS Tottenham Hotspur

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