Pochettino needs Son to shine at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur get another chance to prove the doubters wrong on Wednesday evening when they host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

With both star striker Harry Kane and Dele Alli sidelined through injury, Spurs look to have their hands full if they are to keep on winning.

Spurs coping without Kane

The Lilywhites have defied previous negative suggestions to win four in a row in the Premier League, scoring late on in three of those victories to show just what they are made of.

In contrast, Dortmund have hit a blip in recent times and are without a win in their last three games in all competitions – with the 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Hoffenheim at the weekend particularly concerning, as they let a three-goal lead slip away in the final 15 minutes of the game.

So, recent form suggests that Spurs can confound the critics once again and at 2.30 to win the game at Wembley they do carry a little bit of value.

With both teams happy to attack and push players forward, goals would also seem to be very much on the agenda, with both teams to score at 1.68 perhaps a little skinny to bring about too much interest.

However, if you run with the theme of the home side coming out on top, then a Tottenham win and both teams to score at 4.05 does offer the opportunity of a very decent return.

That scenario was the outcome both times the two teams met in the group stage of the Champions League last season, when the Wembley clash ended 3-1 to the English side.

Son simply shining for Spurs

With England captain Kane not available, where the goals were going to come from was a major concern for the Lilywhites, but Heung-Min Son has stepped in the breech and delivered some stunning performances.

The all-purpose Korean forward has scored in each of his last three games, with all three of those strikes coming, decisively, inside the final ten minutes.

Son is available at 2.50 to score at any time on Wednesday, while the hosts are 1.86 to net the final goal of the game, with a goal scored between the 76th minute and full-time priced at 2.00.

In contrast to Son, BVB frontman Paco Alcacer – who is also 2.50 to score at any time – has struggled for form in recent games.

The Spaniard started the season with a bang, but has not scored in any of his last six games, a stat he will need to change if Dortmund are to secure a positive result.

Meanwhile, the second game of the evening sees Ajax play host to three-time defending champions Real Madrid.

Omens all point to Real

The last six meetings between these two teams have all been won by the Spanish giants, with a three-goal margin involved in five of those six victories.

Add into the mix the fact that Ajax have only won one of their last four Eredivsie games and everything points towards the visitors coming away with an advantage for the second leg back at the Bernabeu.

In contrast to their hosts, Los Merengues have started to improve in recent weeks, with a 3-1 derby win at Atletico on Saturday a particularly impressive result.

Karim Benzema, 2.25 to score at any time and 6.00 to net the first goal of the game, has scored six in his last six appearances, with Real still learning to cope without departed superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

And, without the killer instinct of Ronaldo, Real to win by one at 3.40 might just take your fancy, with an away win and both teams to score at 2.85 also worthy of consideration.

Real not watertight

Another statistic to bear in mind is that while Real are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, they have only kept two cleans sheets in that time.

That recent record means that both teams to score and over 2.5 total goals in the game in Amsterdam at 1.76 may catch your eye.

Not so long ago Ajax shipped six goals in a league thrashing at Feyenoord, so it is hard to see them finding a way of blunting the Real attack come Wednesday evening.