Tottenham vs Bayern MunichUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Oct 1, 2019, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
AFTER throwing away a two-goal advantage against Olympiakos a fortnight ago, it would appear Tottenham have not learned their Champions League lessons from last season when they got out of jail in the group stage.
Consequently, Spurs have put themselves under pressure to deliver results in their Group B home games – the first of which is a heavyweight showdown with Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium top of the section after they kicked off their campaign by cruising to a 3-0 win over Crvena Zvezda at the Allianz Arena.
Domestically, Niko Kovac's side are undefeated and following their 3-2 success away at basement boys Paderborn on Saturday, Bayern are back on top of the Bundesliga.
Following the summer departures of club stalwarts Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery the German giants are going through a transitional phase, however, they have added the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic and after climbing back to the top of the table at the weekend – averaging three goals per game in doing so – the signs look ominous for the rest of the German top flight.
Tottenham also go into to this encounter off the back of a victory after squeezing out a 2-1 win at home to Southampton on Saturday.
It was a much-needed boost for Mauricio Pochettino's men following a late collapse at Leicester the weekend before last, not to mention last midweek's calamitous Carabao Cup exit against lowly Colchester United of League 2.
Yet, prior to those setbacks the capital club had pinched points from tough road trips to Man City and Arsenal respectively, before hitting Crystal Palace for four in the first half at home – all of which has made Spurs hugely unpredictable.
The bookmakers odds for this tussle suggest that Tottenham could struggle to take anything with a home win odds-against at 11/5 (Ladbrokes), while the draw is priced slightly higher at 14/5 (Bet 365) and Group B leaders Bayern are 5/4) (Unibet) favourites to pick up all three points.
However, despite Spurs' erratic start to the season, striker Harry Kane has continued to stick the ball in the back of the net.
The Englishman has scored in four of his last five appearances for the Lilywhites and banged in four goals for his country over the course of two recent Euro 2020 qualifiers.
It could be tale of two strikers on Tuesday night with Robert Lewandowski leading the line for the Bundesliga side – the Polish goal-getter has already struck 11 times in seven appearances this term.
Such red-hot form doesn't bode well for a Spurs defence who have been shipping goals this season and Lewandowski will attract plenty of punters in the anytime goalscorer market priced at Evens (Unibet)
Indeed, those odds are enticing, however it's not often that the aforementioned Kane is odds-against at 13/10 (Unibet) to hit the back of the net in his own backyard and I suspect he could do just that against a Bayern backline that is anything but watertight.
On the subject of defences, it might also be worthwhile visiting the card markets given the amount of attacking talent that will be on display.
French referee Clement Turpin will take charge of this game and although he can't he described as card-happy the Frenchman will no doubt have to take some names in north London.
There are several candidates to consider, however, I'm going to plump for a player who I have successfully tipped for a card already this season, namely, Danny Rose.
For club and country combined the Spurs full-back has been cautioned four times in eight outings and another could follow against Bayern when trying to deal with the pace and trickery of the likes Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry.
I terms of separating the teams – this is a tough one to call – however, given both sides abundance of attacking talent, coupled with their respective ropey rearguards, I fancy goals to flow in this Group B battle.
Both teams to score is understandably short at 4/9 (BetVictor) as is backing over 2.5 goals at 4/7 (BetVictor) , however, with Bayern scoring freely and Spurs having scored at least twice in six of their eight outings this season, combining both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is a lot more appealing at 5/6 (William Hill).
This UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham and Bayern Munich will be played on Oct 1, 2019 and kick off at 20:00