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Spurs vs Bayern Munich preview, predictions & possible XIs

By CJ Smith

Published: 10:20, 1 October 2019

Tottenham Hotspur host Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in a mouth-watering Champions League clash.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed plenty of character to beat Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, despite being a man down, and will want to translate that resilience to their European form after blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos last time out.

Bayern, meanwhile, are predictably top of the Bundesliga table and haven’t lost in any competition since their German Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the start of August.

Read on for Spurs v Bayern Munich predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Spurs vs Bayern and where can I watch live?

Competition: Uefa Champions League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2 & BT App

Previous meetings: Spurs v Bayern

07 December 1983: Spurs 2-0 Bayern (Uefa Cup)

23 November 1983: Bayern 1-0 Spurs (Uefa Cup)

03 November 1982: Bayern 4-1 Spurs (Uefa European Winners Cup)

20 October 1982: Spurs 1-1 Bayern (Uefa Cup Winners Cup)

Aggregate Score: Spurs (WLLD) 4-6 Bayern (LWWD)

Ones to watch

Tottenham: Harry Kane

Harry Kane was on target to score Spurs’ winning goal over Southampton, continuing his fine start to the season for club and country.

These Champions League clashes between big sides are often decided by single moments of quality and if Pochettino were to pick one player from his squad to have said chance, it would undoubtedly be Kane.

Key stat: Kane has eight goals and two assists in his last seven games for club and country.

Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski

Of course, on the other side, Bayern have Robert Lewandowski at their disposal.

The Poland international has a quite ridiculous 10 goals in six Bundesliga games so far this season and opened his Champions League account for the current campaign during Bayern’s comfortable 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Kane and Lewandowski are arguably the two best goalscoring centre-forwards in world football and will be key in deciding this game in north London.

Key stat: Robert Lewandowski (10) has scored more goals than 13 of the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs this season.

Team news


Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain Spurs’ only long-term absentees with hip and hamstring injuries respectively.

Serge Aurier’s suspension is domestic only, so he is likely to start at right-back.

Predicted XI: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele; Eriksen; Son, Kane.

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Bayern Munich

David Alaba returned to training recently and is likely to be involved from the bench, but Bayern remain without midfielder Leon Goretzka and 19-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp.

Ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is likely to be the man charged with providing the service for Lewandowski.

Bayern received a boost on Sunday as both Lucas Hernandez (knee) and Ivan Perisic (illness) were passed fit to travel to London. The latter was withdrawn at half time of the victory over Paderborn but has made a speedy recovery.

Predicted XI: Neuer; Pavard, Süle, Boateng, Lucas Hernandez; Kimmich, Thiago; Coman, Coutinho, Gnabry; Lewandowski.

Squawka prediction

Spurs will take great heart from the way they battled to a 2-1 win over Southampton but Pochettino will know his side must go up another level against the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern are more vibrant and mobile than in recent years and could cause Spurs problems, although home advantage should help the Lilywhites take a point.

Scoreline prediction: Spurs 1-1 Bayern