Few fans outside of North London were expecting Tottenham to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League after the draw was made last month and following their demolition of Spurs in the Spanish capital last week, progress looks to be a formality for Los Galacticos.
Harry Redknapp’s men were left searching for answers after their 4-0 thrashing, with goals for former Arsenal hitman Emmanuel Adebayor (2), Angel di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo effectively sealing the tie.
It would be extraordinary to see any team managed by Jose Mourinho concede the advantage from such a dominant position and Real Madrid are favourites to win again on the night, with odds of 27/20 currently offered.
Spurs’ chances of staying within touching distance of Real in the first leg at the Bernabeu became almost impossible following the early dismissal of Peter Crouch for two bookings.
What followed was a period of complete dominance before Spurs collapsed completely. Fans hoping to see a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline to Real would see returns of £510 from a £10 bet with bwin.
But the White Hart Lane faithful will be expecting a reaction from their players as they entertain Mourinho’s side at home, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is unlikely to throw in the towel.
“We’ll give it a go,” he said. “It will be a great game and a great night at White Hart Lane whatever happens. Getting in the last eight of the Champions League, it’s been a great season and we want more.”
Spurs need four goals and will probably send out a team looking to pour forward from the wings by utilising the pace of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, with Luka Modric creating in central areas.
Former Real Madrid player Rafael van der Vaart is Spurs’ top scorer so far this term and will be keen to get on the scoresheet after a subdued return to the Bernabeu. The £8 million man is priced at 13/2 to find the net first.
In-form France striker Karim Benzema has been named in Real’s 21-man squad, after missing the first leg with a hamstring injury, and the club’s top scorer in the Champions League so far this season is priced at 6/1 to open the scoring.
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