Spurs fans were left cursing their luck when the Champions League group stage draw was made a month or so ago, with Dortmund, Real Madrid and Apoel Nicosia representing one of the toughest selections of opponents possible. Mauricio Pochettino’s must take confidence, however, as last season’s Premier League runners-up face the Bundesliga 3rd best side in their big opener at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Wembley toils in Europe have been much discussed, but Spurs have actually avoided defeat in their last two outings here, with a win against CSKA Moscow and a draw against Gent representing a reasonable return. And the KickOff algorithm favours the home side to continue that unbeaten run, giving them a 40% chance of claiming victory and placing a draw at 25%.
What does look guaranteed is that this will be a game for the neutrals to enjoy. Both teams play with attacking verve and are packed with goals, which is reflected in our predictions for the match. The KickOff algorithm gives a 59% chance of there being over 2.5 goals and a 62% chance of both teams finding the net. With the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poised to shine, these surely look like the bets of the night.