Tottenham made a slow start to their European campaign last year before reaching the final and already their clash tonight against Bayern Munich has the feel of a six-pointer in terms of their progression chances.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have had more struggles than usual early in the season. Transfer speculation has unsettled some of the players and there have been some lacklustre performances, including their League Cup defeat at Colchester when a strong team was put out, and also a 2-2 draw in Olympiakos on the first Matchday.
That performance summed up their season so far; they took a lead and failed to see it out whilst also missing chances and being out pressed and overrun for large parts of the game. That was the second time in three games they’d taken a lead and failed to see it out – they also lost a 2-0 lead in the North London Derby – and once again they were pegged back when losing 1-0 at Leicester.
Things are much better for Spurs at home, however, when they’ve won three of their last four matches, including an absolutely vital 2-1 win against Southampton when they overcame a Hugo Lloris howler and Serge Aurier’s red card to beat the Saints.
There’s still plenty of plus points for Spurs, including the form of Harry Kane, who has been firing in the goals, and whilst there might be struggles in midfield, Spurs have plenty of attacking weapons.
So too do Bayern, who saw Robert Lewandowski break a Bundesliga record at the weekend by becoming the first player to score ten goals in the opening six matches of the campaign. His partnership with playmaker Philippe Coutinho is developing nicely and in Kinglsey Coman and Serge Gnabry, they have the pace out wide to challenge Spurs’ defensively.
Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport Ultimate
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Munich are more vulnerable on the road than their odds would suggest. Munich failed to win at any of the other top four sides in the Bundesliga last season and are facing a Spurs side that did beat Inter, Dortmund, and Manchester City at home last season.
Goals could be in rich supply here. Bayern have just two clean sheets in six games and Manuel Neuer, like Hugo Lloris, has not been at his very peak recently, and both sides look best on the front foot. Spurs will have Dele Alli and Lucas Moura fresh from being rested against Southampton whilst Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen were brilliant.
Tottenham have scored at least twice in six of their seven Premier League matches this season and Bayern also have the ability to land a blow, and we could see plenty of goalmouth action.
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