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Real Madrid, the UEFA Champions League holder, will be in action on Wednesday, while the first knockout round will continue with two other matches.
Los Blancos will visit the Dutch giant Ajax, while Tottenham Hotspur will host the Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund.
According to OddsShark, Madrid will start its match as a favorite between 87-100, while the Eredivisie team got a rating of 59-20. A draw comes at 16-5.
At the Wembley stadium, the Spurs will be 11 to 10 favorites, while the BVB will be at 13h-5h. A draw comes to 51-20 (all odds are accurate from Tuesday).
Both matches will start at 20h. GMT (3pm ET) and will be available for broadcast via BT Sport (for UK viewers) and B / R Live (for US viewers).
Madrid regained its best form of the season at a crucial moment, winning six of its last seven games in all competitions.
The only fight they did not win was the Copa del Rey match against Barcelona, but it was also a boost for the Blancos, who drew a draw at Camp Nou and are in charge of the driver for the return match.
The team finally seems to have found its place under the guidance of Santiago Solari, who has incorporated several young people and seems to have discovered the right balance.
Not everyone is enthusiastic about the direction of the giants of La Liga:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Marcelo uses this interview to send a message to Solari – I think he's fit now, but that he needs several games to regain his old sharpness https://t.co/mgSKWPm9jp
While Los Blancos have discovered their best form this season, Ajax has gone in the opposite direction. They demolished most of the Eredivisie clubs they had faced in the first half of the campaign, but have now lost two of their last three games, including a setback against Heracles.
The embarrassing 6-2 defeat of rival Feyenoord highlighted some of the major defense weaknesses that surfaced after the departure of Maximilian Wober, who joined Sevilla in January. Madrid will take the opportunity to enjoy it.
The other competition on Wednesday should be one of the closest ties in the round. The hosts of the Spurs have entered the eliminatory phase of the tournament and they will realize that they have made it until then by the skin of their teeth:
Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial
The great Escape. 💪
The history of our @ChampionsLeague campaign up to now.
The Spurs have won three straight victories after consecutive defeats in national cups and are still alive in the Premier League race. Although this is good news for the North London club, it adds extra pressure to a team that is already lacking in depth and can not afford to overlook any game in the program.
The same is true for Dortmund, who have not won in their last three games and are five points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
The depth of their team is about to be put to the test, BVB having been hit hard by the injury virus:
Marco Reus ❌
Paco Alcacer ❌
Borussia Dortmund confirmed that he would be without four of his main players against Spurs tomorrow https://t.co/1lHrpbYKRk
Both teams have an offensive philosophy, so fans could have a real show at Wembley.
Forecast: Real Madrid Ajax 1-2, Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Borussia Dortmund