A low-scoring game could be on the cards in Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen - Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport 2
Tottenham are on a winless streak that now stretches to five games in all competitions, though in mitigation four of these games were drawn. They are the only side to remain unbeaten in the Premier League, but languish in fifth place in the table precisely because they have been unable to convert enough chances to turn draws into victories. Defence has been key for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, and there have been fewer than three goals in six of their last seven matches, the only exception a League Cup tie with Klopp’s manic Liverpool where a largely second string 11 lost 2-1 at Anfield.
Leverkusen have hit a sticky patch themselves, victory over Wolfsburg at the weekend their first in five attempts. In their last seven Champions league matches they’ve finished the match level on six occasions, and like Spurs the goals haven’t exactly flowed with fewer than three in seven of their last nine European fixtures. Roger Schmidt has had to make do without the invention and goals of winger Karim Bellarbi and striker Joel Pohjanpalo in recent weeks. Neither is expected to return here, whilst Javier Hernandez is without a goal in five games across all competitions.
Group E remains in the balance and this encounter is unlikely to see either manager release the shackles on their respective teams. Instead, we think a low scoring game is in store, with current form suggesting the draw as the most likely outcome. Spurs have only scored two goals in their opening three Champions League fixtures whilst Leverkusen have managed marginally better with three strikes. As such, we’re backing draw/under 2.5 goals at a price of 4.8 in what should be a tight clash.