Game day. Tottenham Hotspur are in Germany for a critical away match against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016 UEFA Champions League today, the first of an important back-to-back series against the Bundesliga side that could have very important ramifications to both clubs’ chances of escaping their group.
Bayer have gotten off to a slow start under Roger Schmidt this season in the Bundesliga; they’re currently 10th in the table with ten points after seven matches. But this is still a dangerous team, especially at home where they are currently undefeated in league play. Bayer’s primary goal threat should be very familiar to American fans: Mexican international and former Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has already netted eight times for Bayer. The home side also have Hakan Calhanoglu, considered one of the best dead-ball specialists in European football. Hugo Lloris could be tested if Spurs concede any free kicks near their area.
For Tottenham, they’ll be without Harry Kane who has only just returned to training after an ankle injury, and starting center back Toby Alderweireld, who is recovering from a knee knock he took in Spurs’ draw against West Bromwich Albion. Eric Dier is expected to slot into Spurs’ defense alongside Jan Vertonghen.
This is also a homecoming for Son Heung-Min, whom Spurs signed from Bayer at the beginning of the 2015-16 season. The Korean international is certain to start today, and it could be at the tip of the spear ahead of Dutch striker Vincent Janssen.
The importance of today’s match is not lost on the players or managers: both teams are considered favorites to advance, but both are currently behind Monaco in the table. Bayer especially needs a win today considering they have drawn both of their opening two matches, while Spurs can make a big statement with their second away win in the Champions League.
Subs: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Dembele, Onomah, Sissoko, Winks. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 18, 2016
How to Watch
Date/time: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 8:45 p.m. (Leverkusen), 7:45 p.m. (UK), 2:45 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Official: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), BT Sport 2 (UK), RDS 2 / TSN 4 (Canada), beIN Sports 1 (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go / Fox Soccer2Go / WatchESPN (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also often at BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport
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