This game witnesses two teams coming into the match with a real need for three points. It is a must for both teams as they come on the back of a disastrous defeat during the weekend. Tottenham are especially in greater need of the three points, as they have been able to get just two wins in the last five matches. Real Madrid were beaten by Girona during the weekend in one of the biggest upsets in La Liga football. The 2-1 loss against the newly promoted club means that Real Madrid may effectively give up hope on the La Liga title and focus on the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Spurs have been beaten in the last two matches, but they are top of the table coming into this match. Home advantage is a major advantage for Mauricio Pochettino’s team in this game, as they have a strong home record. Spurs are locked together on points and goal difference with Madrid, while Borussia Dortmund and APOEL may be ruled out of the contention for qualification already. Both clubs are sitting in the last two places with just one point on board. A point would suit Spurs and Madrid in this game if Dortmund are unable to win against APOEL. Even if there is a shakeup in the bottom places, Spurs will still feel that they are in a comfortable position in order to secure qualification to the knockout stages. You can follow the action live here.
The biggest advantage for Spurs in recent weeks has been the former Harry Kane, but the striker remains in doubt with regard to his availability for the match. Even though Real Madrid have been able to get Cristiano Ronaldo back from a lengthy suspension, the Portuguese superstar has not made much of an impact in the domestic competitions. Yet, it has been a different story in the Champions League. Ronaldo could play a significant role in this match.