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Champions League 2019: Live Stream, Odds for Tuesday's Round-of-16 Fixtures

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIMarch 5, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images)
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The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday with Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid in good shape to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe's top club competition.

Spurs are in Germany for the second leg of their clash against Borussia Dortmund. Mauricio Pochettino's side lead 3-0 from the first leg at Wembley Stadium and are expected to progress.

Holders Real Madrid also have the advantage in their tie. They lead Ajax 2-1 and play the return leg at home in the Santiago Bernabeu.

       

Tuesday's Fixtures

Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur (8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET)

Real Madrid vs. Ajax (8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET)

                        

Match Odds

Dortmund 30-29, Spurs 3-1, draw 14-5

Real Madrid 9-13, Ajax 9-2, draw 17-5

Odds according to Oddschecker.

                   

Live Stream: BT Sport website (UK), B/R Live (U.S.)

           

Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Heung-min Son of Tottenham  celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on February 13, 2019 in London, England. (P
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Tottenham blew Dortmund away in the first leg, with goals from Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente securing an impressive result for the Premier League side.

However, Spurs have not won in three league outings since that game. They have been beaten by Burnley and Chelsea and needed a Harry Kane penalty to secure a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday.

The results means their title challenge has faded and they now find themselves in a battle with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea to finish in the top four.

The Champions League offers a distraction from their current poor domestic form, and Harry Kane has urged his side to "get it done" ahead of the trip to Dortmund, per BBC Sport.

Tottenham have a reputation for struggling to cope with pressure, and there will be plenty of expectation on Tuesday night given their lead from the first leg:

Matt Law @Matt_Law_DT

I don't agree Tottenham crack under pressure (going to Barcelona with CL qualification hanging by a thread was pressure) but I do think they struggle with expectation. And there will be a lot of expectation on them with a 3-0 lead going to Dortmund.

However, Dortmund have also experienced a wobble domestically. They have blown a nine-point lead in the Bundesliga and are now top of the table ahead of Bayern Munich only on goal difference.

They will need to mount an impressive comeback if they are to progress, but Marco Reus has not given up hope of a turnaround:

DW Sports @dw_sports

⚡️Mission impossible? #BVBTOT Marco Reus ready to go the distance in the Champions League against Tottenham. https://t.co/zTahjFIwmz

Dortmund go into the game after a 2-1 defeat to Augsburg on Friday. Manager Lucien Favre offered his view on the defeat after the game:

Omnisport @OmnisportNews

❌ beaten 2-1 by struggling Augsburg 🔝 Bayern Munich can move level atop the Bundesliga table It was not a good night for Favre's Borussia Dortmund. #BVB https://t.co/kffDkPjILT

The Bundesliga side will need to improve if they are to progress, and they have the players who can cause Spurs problems.

Reus, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho have all played key roles for Dortmund this season, but it would still be a surprise if they were to make it through.

Real Madrid are another team who are struggling domestically ahead of their second leg against Ajax.

The Spanish giants were beaten by Barcelona on Saturday to fall 12 points behind the leaders and effectively end their title challenge.

The defeat was Madrid's second in four days to Ernesto Valverde's side, who also knocked them out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, leaving the Champions League the only trophy they have left to play for.

Luka Modric has said the team have missed Cristiano Ronaldo this season:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Modric: "Of course we miss Cristiano. The club wanted other players to step up, if not to score 50 goals, then 15 or 20. I will not name names but we need 20 goals from two or three players."

Madrid will also have to cope without Sergio Ramos for the tie. The club captain has been suspended for two games for deliberately picking up a yellow card in the first leg:

B/R Football @brfootball

Classic Sergio Ramos. https://t.co/z1TKmB964e

Ajax also showed in the first game they can cause the holders problems defensively: 

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Ajax should really be at least 2-0 up... https://t.co/Bhff6ZRTAJ

The Dutch side created plenty of chances and also had a goal controversially ruled out by the video assistant referee.

Ajax will also come into the game fresh after their Eredivisie match against PEC Zwolle was postponed to allow the players further rest:

Dutch Football @FootballOranje_

The KNVB have moved Ajax's match with PEC Zwolle from the 2nd of March to the 13th in order to give them extra time to prepare for the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid. https://t.co/hO9xOu2bR7

Madrid have lost their last three games in a row at the Bernabeu, and their home struggles will give Ajax hope they can spring a shock.

Los Blancos should have the quality and the experience to see this one through, but the Dutch side could make it an uncomfortable evening for the hosts.

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