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Wembley Stadium has hosted the Champions League final twice since being renovated 10 years ago. We’re still a long way from the 2018 final but Tottenham and Real Madrid have a chance to take a step closer to the biggest prize in club football when they go head to head in north west London.
After matching each other’s first two results in Group H, Spurs and Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. Their impressive start coupled with the missteps of Borussia Dortmund means that either team will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win at Wembley.
The draw in Madrid a fortnight ago was the first time that Tottenham have taken points from Real Madrid. That they could hold on for a memorable result highlights just how far Mauricio Pochettino has taken Spurs since arriving from Southampton. However, back to back defeats have taken the shine off Tottenham’s start to the season while the worries about their form at Wembley continue.
Real Madrid have their own worries currently. Their 2-1 defeat away to Girona on Sunday evening leaves them eight points off the pace set by Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Such are the pressures of managing Real that Zinedine Zidane is in need of a big win despite winning the Champions League twice in consecutive seasons. Will his team come up with the goods against Tottenham?
Real Madrid 21/20 (Coral)
Tottenham 9/4 (Boylesports)
Draw 3/1 (William Hill)
The level of talent set to take to the pitch in this game is nothing short of outrageous. But away from the stars who get the nod to start at Wembley, the big stories are all about those who may miss out.
Tottenham are sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane who missed the defeats against West Ham and Man Utd with a hamstring injury. Real Madrid missed each of Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Dani Carvajal against Girona but the biggest miss of all may be Raphael Varane who was forced off at the Estadi Montilivi. The Frenchman is the key cog of the Real defence and without him you can expect Spurs to create plenty of chances.
If Real Madrid are weakened at the back, they’ll surely look to maximise their strength in attack by taking the game to Tottenham. Real have some of the best attacking forwards and midfielders in the world currently but Spurs’ impressive wins against both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund were both made possible by the space their opponents left in defence.
Tottenham are an excellent counter attacking team and even without Kane, they’ve got enough about them to score against Real Madrid. They’ve also got one of the best defensive units in the Premier League which gives them every chance on Wednesday.
It is tempting to back Tottenham at a best price of 9/4 with Boylesports but with Real Madrid desperate for a big performance and their added experience in big European nights, they’ll be incredibly difficult to beat. So, the draw could well be the best option at 3/1 with William Hill.
Draw 1-1 @ 7/1 (Betfred)
Real Madrid 2-1 @ 8/1 (Bet365)
Tottenham 2-1 @ 11/1 (Bet365)
Draw 2-2 @ 11/1 (William Hill)
Real Madrid 1-0 @ 11/1 (Boylesports)
Real Madrid 3-1 @ 14/1 (Betfred)
There’s no surprise that the 1-1 correct score is trading as the favourite. Although both teams can book their place in the knockout stages with two games to go, a repeat of the scoreline at the Bernabeu would suit Tottenham and Real Madrid very nicely indeed.
They’ve both got a match against APOEL Nicosia in which to pick up the points they require and, coming on the back of tough games on the weekend, both teams will be suffering from a certain level of fatigue. Any lapses in defence born of tiredness could see a high scoring draw (2-2 is 11/1 with Boylesports while 3-3 is 33/1 with Ladbrokes) but 1-1 looks the safest bet at 7/1 with Betfred.
Cristiano Ronaldo 3/1 (Paddy Power)
Harry Kane 7/2 (William Hill)
Fernando Llorente 9/2 (William Hill)
Karim Benzema 11/2 (Paddy Power)
Borja Mayoral 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Dele Alli 7/1 (William Hill)
Son Heung-Min 11/2 (Paddy Power)
Isco 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham were infamously called the ‘Harry Kane team’ by Pep Guardiola. Mauricio Pochettino was very unhappy with that description and has defended the quality of his squad. There is, however, no doubt that Real Madrid have the edge on Spurs in terms of squad depth. Take Isco for example, only recently he was struggling to get into the first team but over the last 18 months or so the 25-year-old has become one of Zidane’s most important players.
Isco can play in a variety of positions across the front and in midfield and when he plays well, Real Madrid’s chances of winning improve significantly. Isco is fit and in form and therefore looks very good value in the First Goalscorer market where he is 9/1 with Paddy Power.
The Draw at 3/1 with William Hill
Isco to score first at 9/1 with Paddy Power