Europa League favourites Borussia Dortmund host Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with the odds firmly favouring BvB.
However, a wealth of similarities between the two sides refutes the fact that the pre-match punting should be so imbalanced.
Both sit second in their respective leagues, in which they are five points adrift of the leaders and come into this game sapped from blood and thunder affairs with their greatest nemeses last time out (incidentally, both games ended honours even).
Dortmund are quite the force at the Westfalenstadion, having won five in a row across all competitions prior to their goalless draw with Bayern Munich at the weekend.
It was just the third time this campaign in which they’ve failed to prevail on their own patch too, while a string of clean sheets, four from five to be exact, indicate this recent spate of stellar home form is their strongest of the season.
Despite all this, a quick examination of their road ledger shows a propensity to slip up in the Europa League, with PAOK Salonika taking four points from them in the competition’s group stage (the Greeks won 1-0 in Germany), while FK Krasnodar also took maximum points from them.
Similarly, they’re far from imperious when it comes to entertaining English teams.
This is the fifth year in succession they’ve faced Premier League opposition in Europe, though half of their previous four foes hailing from this division were able to bag a point or better in Dortmund.
Inconsistencies such as these will boost Spurs’ confidence as they look to improve on an away record that’s as impressive as their next adversaries’ home return.
A 1-0 reverse at West Ham on their last trip was their first since mid-October.
In this competition, they haven’t failed to score this season and have allowed opposing attacks to register multiple goals just once. In addition to this, they’ve returned undefeated from four of nine trips to Germany.