Tuesday 21 Nov

Dortmund vs Tottenham - Match Preview

21 Nov 2017 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Group H

Borussia Dortmund

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L


19:45 GMT
21 November 2017

Tottenham Hotspur

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

19:45 GMT 21 November 2017

It’s getting the business end of the UEFA Champions League group stages and in Group H, one big side are guaranteed to miss out on a place in the next round. It was tipped as the Group of Death when the draw is made and with Real Madrid, Tottenham and Dortmund in the same group, it certainly is the case. In the 5th matchweek of this season’s competition, Tottenham make the trip to Germany to face Dortmund. Spurs are currently top of the group with 10 points while Dortmund are 3rd with just two points.


  • Dortmund have seriously struggled in Group H and with two draws and two losses from their opening four matches, they are on the brink of being knocked out. Their two 1-1 draws with APOEL have hurt their chances of qualifying massively as two wins in those two games would have put them on six points. They also lost 3-1 to both Real Madrid and Tottenham and now have a huge uphill task on their hands.
  • Tottenham, on the other hand, have been brilliant in the Champions League and look almost nailed on to qualify for the knockout stages, something that they can confirm with a win over Dortmund. They were particularly impressive as they beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley in their last European game. If they can stay unbeaten in this group, it will be a huge achievement.
  • Dortmund have struggled to find an out-and-out goal scorer in the groups so far and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raphael Guerreiro, Sokratis and Andriy Yarmolenko all have one goal each.
  • Harry Kane is having another great season for Tottenham and he has been fantastic in the Champions League. With five goals in four games, only Cristiano Ronaldo (6) has managed more goals than the English striker.


This game will be the fourth time the two sides have met since 2016 and it gives Tottenham the opportunity to make it 2-2 in terms of wins. The German side won on both occasions back in the Europa League in March last year but it was Spurs who won this season's other Champions League fixture thanks to goals from Harry Kane (2) and Heung-Min Son. There have more been more than 2.5 match goals in all three matches and Tuesday’s meeting looks as though it will fit that trend.

Head to head matches: Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur

13.09.2017 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund 3:1
17.03.2016 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund 1:2
10.03.2016 UEFA Borussia Dortmund Tottenham Hotspur 3:0


It is vital that Dortmund pick up all three points if they want any chance of featuring in the knockout stage but with several injuries, it won’t be easy. Their biggest absence is, of course, Marco Reus but with important first-teamers Sokratis and Lukasz Piszczek also ruled out, they might struggle to cope with the threat of Spurs’ attack.

Latest matches: Borussia Dortmund

17.11.2017 Bund VfB Stuttgart Borussia Dortmund 2:1 L
04.11.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich 1:3 L
01.11.2017 UEFA Borussia Dortmund Apoel Nicosia FC 1:1 D
28.10.2017 Bund Hannover 96 Borussia Dortmund 4:2 L
24.10.2017 DFB FC Magdeburg Borussia Dortmund 0:5 W


A win for Tottenham would secure their qualification to the next round and would put them in a great position to finish the group as winners with APOEL in their final match. However, they are expected to rest Harry Kane and Dele Alli after looking low on fitness in the North London derby. Toby Alderweireld won't feature due to injury and neither will Victor Wanyama.

Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur

18.11.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Tottenham Hotspur 2:0 L
05.11.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace 1:0 W
01.11.2017 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid 3:1 W
28.10.2017 Prem Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 1:0 L
25.10.2017 EFL Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United 2:3 L


After a very poor start to their Champions League campaign so far, Dortmund will take confidence from a Spurs side that is expected to be far from full-strength and the Germans have a good chance to pick up their first European win of the season. However, Tottenham still won’t be easy to beat and with a defensive line that is still very strong, Aubameyang will have to be on his game on Tuesday night. It also has the potential to be a high-scoring match because of Dortmund’s expansive attacking football and their lack of defensive discipline.  

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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