Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are goal machines for Spurs and Real
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Tottenham and Real Madrid both lost at the weekend but don’t expect sparks to fly at Wembley as both managers eye a point.
Tottenham earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu last month but Real Madrid remain unbeaten in five previous games against Spurs (W3 D2)
Tottenham secured a credible point in Madrid two weeks ago but there was a sense they could have got more if they’d had a bit of luck. Nevertheless, they certainly weren’t daunted by the occasion in Mauricio Pochettino’s greatest European test since becoming Spurs manager. Tottenham are unbeaten in their Champions League campaign this season (W2 D1) and another draw would put them at least four points ahead of Group H’s third-placed team, with two matches remaining. The same goes for Real, who may be happy to take a point away from Wembley. A draw seems like a decent result for both parties.
Draw at 27/10
Tottenham could record three defeats on the bounce for the first time since March 2014
Mauricio Pochettino has never lost three successive games as Tottenham manager. The last time Spurs recorded three losses in succession was back in March 2014, when they were downed 4-0 by Chelsea and 1-0 by Arsenal in the Premier League, either side of a 3-1 Europa League defeat to Benfica. Pochettino has occasionally suffered two straight defeats, including in November 2016, and Spurs come into this clash having lost to West Ham in the EFL Cup and Manchester United in the Premier League. That 1-0 loss at Old Trafford dents their title hopes somewhat, but Europe remains a key objective. A win on Wednesday would be an enormous boost for Pochettino but it won’t be panic stations just yet if Spurs lose to the European and Spanish champions.
Real Madrid to win at 23/20
Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Girona at the weekend – their first defeat to a newly promoted team in 10 years
Real Madrid slipped further behind Barcelona in the Spanish title race with a shock 2-1 loss at Girona on Sunday. The defeat puts them eight points behind Barca in La Liga, which increases the significance of manager Zinedine Zidane having a strong European campaign. Real Madrid are seeking a third straight Champions League trophy but are level-pegging with Spurs in Europe this season. Both sides have seven points, seven goals and have conceded just twice in their first threee group games. Real Madrid were frustrated in a 1-1 draw by Spurs at the Bernabeu and are susceptible at the back. They have conceded in seven of their last 10 games. Goals from both sides at Wembley should be expected.
Tottenham to win after going behind at 11/1
Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo have both scored more goals (5) than any other player in the Champions League this season
Both players have impressed in Europe so far this season, yet Wembley may not see either shine on Wednesday night. Kane is an injury doubt after suffering a hamstring problem in the 4-1 win over Liverpool 10 days ago. Mauricio Pochettino is keeping his cards close to his chest as to whether Kane will play, but the forward missed the weekend loss to Manchester United. As for Ronaldo, he should be fit to play but goals have eluded him of late. Two goals in five outings for Real is not a good return for the 32-year-old, who prides himself on his scoring tally over anything else in his game. In his last two outings he’s recorded 13 shots, only five of which have hit the target and none went in.
Harry Kane not to score at 8/13
Casemiro has made more tackles (18) than any other player in the Champions League, with Jan Vertonghen and Nacho (15 apiece) third on that list
Casemiro, Nacho and Jan Vertonghen are three of the most regular tacklers in the Champions League group stage this season. Yet between them they share just two yellow cards (both Vertonghen). As a squad neither Spurs nor Real are near the top of the tackling charts in Europe this term, highlighting just how important these three players are to their respective sides. Discipline-wise Spurs and Real also fairly meek, with just seven yellow cards and one red picked up from a combined six games. Compare that to their Group H rivals Dortmund and APOEL, who sit near the top of the discipline charts with seven and eight yellows respectively. Playing dirty clearly doesn’t pay off.
Total cards below 3.5 at 11/20