Tottenham Hotspur completed a fine week on Sunday by thrashing Liverpool 4-1 in front of a record Premier League crowd at Wembley Stadium.
The result emphatically ended Tottenham’s 10-game winless run against their rivals, who are now seven points below them in the table.
By battering the Reds five days after holding Real Madrid to a deserved 1-1 draw, Tottenham may have just proven that they are genuine Champions League contenders.
Tuesday night in the Bernabeu was clearly no fluke. Spurs have shown that they are adaptable and can tailor their tactics based on who they are playing.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side usually dominate possession with patient build-up play, but against Dortmund, Real and now Liverpool they have allowed their opponents to have the lion’s share of the ball, staying compact and offering a threat on the counter-attack.
Spurs will likely continue this approach in their next Champions League match when they host Real at Wembley on November 1.
Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane has been crucial to that impressive run of form with his goalscoring exploits, as the 24-year-old has now found the back of the net 13 times in just 12 appearances this season.
The back-to-back European champions will start the game as favourites but they are not odds-on, with 888sport offering a meaty 23/20 on Real Madrid to beat Tottenham.
Things haven’t gone to plan for the reigning Spanish and European champions so far this season, but it appears as though they’re now starting to show signs of putting their early-season malaise behind them.
Meanwhile, Spurs are 11/5 and the draw is priced at 49/20.
Should Tottenham beat Real in London they will almost certainly win their group as they would only need to beat whipping boys APOEL at home in order to guarantee top spot. However, a reunion with Gareth Bale at Wembley may be off the cards as the Welshman remains a doubt due to injury according to Zinedine Zidane, as per The Daily Star.
Real remain joint 4/1 favourites – along with PSG – in the Champions League outright betting, while Spurs can be backed at 30/1.
Rather strangely, Liverpool are the same price as Spurs.