Uefa Champions League - Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur: Preview, team news and more

Tottenham travel to Santiago Bernabeu hoping to get a result against European champions Real Madrid

The 2017 UEFA Champions League group stage draw

Date: Tuesday, October 17

Time: 7:45 PM Tuesday (BST)/ 2:45 AM Wednesday (SGT)

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Live Stream: Starhub Go app (Singapore)

TV Info: Eurosport (Singapore)


Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday hoping a result against European champions Real Madrid will mean they retain at least a share of the lead in Group H.

Theirs is the only pool in which two teams sit level on six points after each winning their first two matches of the campaign, meaning the points on offer on Matchday 3 will have a tremendous hand in deciding the group winner.

As if Real and Spurs weren't close enough after two games, the Group H joint leaders are also identical in goals scored and conceded after beating pool rivals Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Team News

Los Blancos had a number of key faces missing from Saturday's 2-1 win at Getafe for various reasons, but were pleased to welcome left-backs Marcelo and Theo Hernandez back into their squads for Saturday's clash against Getafe, as well as playmaker Toni Kroos.

Former Spurs star Luka Modric will be fit to face his old club, but Bale in a race to be fit to face his former club after being struck down with an infection in the membrane around his heart. Zinedine Zidane addressed the media on Friday, when he was unable to give a reliable estimate on the Welshman's return.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was rested for Saturday's win due to a knock but should be back between the posts in time for Tuesday's meeting, while Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined.

Earlier in October, it was reported that Dani Carvajal was facing two months out due to a rare heart condition. Moroccan youngster Achraf Hakimi has impressed during the right-back's absence, although the more senior Nacho could be preferred against Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have a conundrum of their own after left-back Ben Davies missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth due to illness.

If Davies is absent, it means centre-back Jan Vertonghen who will be back after suspension will most likely again deputise on the left side of defence.

Tottenham confirmed on Friday that Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela were also back in training, although the clash with Real could be too soon for both, while Victor Wanyama also won't be back in time to face Los Merengues. Dele Alli will miss the game due to suspension.

Predicted line-ups

Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Isco, Benzema

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier, Dier, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Kane, Son

Head to head

Tottenham have faced Real Madrid just four times in their history; losing three times and drawing once.

The most recent games were in the Champions League seven years ago which saw the Spanish giants run out 4-0 winners on aggregate to reach the semi-finals.