Spurs v Bayern Munich: Tough Test Against German Giants

tottenhamFollowing on from a successful weekend in the Premier League, Spurs return to the UCL and are looking for their first win in this season’s competition. A 2-2 draw away to Olympiakos last time out wasn’t a terrible result but having eased into a 2-0 lead, it was a disappointing outcome.

Clearly this isn’t going to be an easy contest against a strong Bayern Munich side but Tottenham have enjoyed some success against exceptional European competition in recent years and should be targeting a point at the very least.

Team News

We’ve a quick turnaround to this Tuesday night, 8pm clash, so how’s the squad looking following Saturday’s challenging contest with Southampton?

Writing this early on Monday morning means that there are no official updates following Saturday’s game so the only long term absentee appears to be Giovani Lo Celso. Elsewhere, it all seems to have gone quiet in terms of Ryan Sessegnon so we have to mark his return date as ‘unknown’.

Serge Aurier’s suspension only applies to domestic games so, aside from the two names that we’ve mentioned, Mauricio Pochettino may have a full Champions League squad to choose from.

Match Odds

It’s rare to see Tottenham start as the outside bet for a home game but the German side have eased into the favourites’ position for this one. Bayern Munich can be backed at 23/17 with SportingBet while Unibet and 888Sport have odds of 19/10 available for a Spurs victory.

The draw completes the result betting at 14/5 with Bethard and Sport Pesa and that could be a popular option for the betting fraternity.

Clearly it’s going to be tough and Spurs will need to channel last season’s European form if they are to get anything from this game. Positive results against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in recent years suggest we can come away with at least a point but where will the goals come from that can help us achieve that aim?

Other Side Bets

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Harry Kane

In contrast to most weeks in the Premier League, Harry Kane has plenty of competition in the first goalscorer betting. Our main striker and England’s captain is locked with Robert Lewandowski in some places but the German attacker just sneaks the favourite’s berth at best odds of 7/2 with Unibet. Kane follows at a top price of 22/5 with 888Sport and then we have a gap to Ivan Perisic at a best of 13/2 with Unibet and 888Sport.

It’s all Bayern for now with Thomas Muller quoted at best odds of 7/1 with 10Bet and RedZone, Serge Gnabry at 7/1 with BetFred and Philippe Coutinho at a top price of 15/2 with Coral and Black Type.

Back to Spurs now and Lucas Moura’s habit of scoring important goals in Europe makes him an interesting pick at 15/2 with Black Type and Unibet while Son Heung-Min is quoted at the same 15/2 by 888Sport.

In terms of our other regular side bets, Both Teams to Score can be picked up at best odds of 6/11 with SportingBet. It may not be a great price but Spurs have only failed to score in two matches so far this season and one of those was came from a much-changed side in that forgettable cup tie with Colchester. With Bayern in prolific form, this could be the safest bet of the night.

It may not be a goal fest however so we feel that Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Coral is worth considering or you could go Over that line and take 4/7 from Betway.

With that theory in mind, a correct score of 1-1 on the night would be the bet at best odds of 7/1 with SportingBet. If you don’t think that’s likely then 2-1 to Spurs is quoted at a top price of 12/1 with Bethard while the same scoreline in favour of the Germans is on offer at 8/1 with Bethard and BetFred.

Dangerman

There are threats from a number of places in Bayern’s final third but the obvious pick at this point is Robert Lewandowski. Bundesliga player of the month for August, the Polish international scored an incredible 12 goals in his first nine games in 2019/20.

As we’ve seen, Thomas Muller, Philippe Coutinho and former Arsenal striker Serge Gnabry all feature strongly in the individual goal scorer betting but it’s Lewandowski who is on the hottest streak of form.

Head to Head

Both teams have enjoyed plenty of success in Europe but prior to Tuesday night’s game, they have only been drawn together on two previous occasions. In four separate games over two legs each, Spurs have won one, Bayern have been victorious twice and there have been two draws.

The first time these sides came together was in 1982 in the Cup Winners Cup. A 1-1 home draw in the first game was never likely to be enough and Bayern eased through by four goals to one in the return.

A year later, we had our revenge in one of the most memorable of many European nights at White Hart Lane. Playing in the UEFA Cup, we were drawn away in the first game and went down by the narrowest of 1-0 margins in Germany. The return was a dramatic affair and is worth seeking out on YouTube or another video service if you can find it. Second half goals from Steve Archibald and a late, late winner from Mark Falco made it 2-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

Verdict

bayernThis will be tough but we’ve survived far worse in the Champions League to record some impressive results against top class opposition. We have to be at our best – of course – and maybe even to hope that Bayern have an ‘off night’ but there’s no reason to suspect we can’t come away with a draw at the very least.

We’re not quite brave enough to tip that but if we follow the three suggestions listed below, we could well add in a profitable equation to what can be a positive 90 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur.

Best Bets:

  • Both Teams to Score at 6/11 with SportingBet
  • Son Heung-Min to score any time at 47/20 with Unibet
  • Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Coral

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