Tottenham vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Champions League – Group E
Date: Wednesday, 2nd November 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London.
Tottenham Hotspur’s return to Champions League after a long gap started with a defeat as Monaco edged a 2-1 win on the opening day of 2016/17 campaign. Since then, the Spurs picked up a narrow 1-0 win away at CSKA Moscow and a valuable point from a goal-less draw at Leverkusen.
While Bayer Leverkusen are win-less after being held to draws in each of their three matches so far. Their opening fixture at home ended in a 2-2 draw as CSKA fought back from 2 goals down. The 1-1 draw away at Monaco on matchday 2 is definitely a positive result.
The affairs in Group E certainly looks tight as there is only a 3-point gap between the leaders Monaco and CSKA Moscow at the foot. The second placed Tottenham have 5 points, while their Wednesday’s opposition Bayer Leverkusen have 3.
Tottenham vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head Stats
The meeting at Bay Arena on matchday 3 that ended in a goal-less draw is only the second meeting between Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur in a UEFA competition. Their previous meeting was during the UEFA Europa League group phase of 2006/07 season which was also hosted by Leverkusen. Spurs took a 1-0 win on the night aided by a first half goal from Dimitar Berbatov, who was once a Leverkusen player.
Tottenham’s overall record against Bundesliga sides is 9 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats from 19 matches. They can boast of a good home record as they defeated German sides 8 times and drawn 1 and lost 1 from 10 fixtures.
Leverkusen’s record against Premier League sides is not that great. They had lost in 12 of the 20 meetings and managed only 3 wins and 4 draws. They have returned without a win in 9 previous trips to England, suffering 9 defeats alongside 2 draws.
Tottenham vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
None of the two sides are in good form at the moment. Tottenham are currently on a 5 match win-less run in all tournaments managing 4 draws. While Leverkusen have just ended their 4 match win-less run in all competitions on the weekend with a win against Wolfsburg.
However, the home advantage could work in favour of the Premier League side. But they still lack the goal-scoring prowess in the absence of Harry Kane. Also, Leverkusen have a poor record in Champions League away nights. It will be a good option to back Spurs to come with a win from this fixture. We believe that goals will be at premium and therefore under 2.5 goals is an alternate option.
Tottenham vs Bayer Leverkusen: Bet Tips
Spurs to defeat Leverkusen at 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).