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Today’s Champions League Match Preview; Real Madrid host Ajax as they look to make it to the quarter finals while Dortmund hope to overturn a 3 goal deficit to Tottenham.

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Europe – Champions League

Borussia Dortmund – Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund who play host lost to Augsburg over the weekend thus putting them level with Bayern Munich. This month is very crucial and they will kick start April with a clash against Bayern. It would be in Dortmund’s best interest not to progress here as they have huge chance at the domestic title this season. They come into this game hoping to turn around a 3 goal deficit.

History isn’t on the side of Dortmund though as 100% of teams to have won the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have gone on to the next round.

Tottenham Hotspur

The visitors find themselves in a great position as they look to make it to the quarter finals. It would be their second appearance at this stage of the competition. However, this should not be an achievement for a team of Tottenham’s magnitude.

For Tottenham the issue would be their very poor away form in this competition. Their last away win did come at Dortmund in November 2017. However, that’s was a different Dortmund side under the watch of Peter Boss. Now they come up against a side who have won 83% of their home matches in the Bundesliga. This includes clashes with the top six teams in the league.
Spurs have just two away wins in 9 trios in this competition and , and that’s a poor number.

PICK

Home win or draw and over 1.5 goals

Real Madrid – Ajax

Real Madrid

Los Blancos are still trying to heal after the two-time loss to Barcelona. First they lost the Copa Del Rey clasico by 3 goals to nil which heralded another 1 nil loss at home over the weekend. The winners of the Champions League are now out of the Copa del Rey and 12 points adrift of Barcelona on the local scene.

Winning the 1st leg of this tie was is a huge boost as they look to make it to the quarter finals.
They find themselves in a relatively good position as the 100% of teams to have won by 2-1 from away have gone on to qualify. This has been the case in 8 previous situations.

Ajax

The visitors are clearly not the favorites in this clash although theyvhave shown their capabilities. They hard a couple of fair results as they held Bayern Munich to a draw in the group stage in both legs. The Dutch side have recovered well after that 2-1 first leg defeat. Winning 3 straight games and scoring 13 goals in the process.

Most football enthusiast are expecting another Madrid win as they go in search of their only chance at silverware. The home team are have not been beaten by Ajax in 7 fixtures. The champions would be hoping these home form gets them past this one. They have won 42 in 53 games at home in the competition.

The visitors would be looking to at least continue their goal scoring form. They have scored in 12 of their last 13 away fixtures in this competition and thus game should be no different.

PICK

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

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