By Matthew Rose

European football’s elite competition returns on Tuesday night as Tottenham Hotspur travel to Germany to face Group E opponents Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Spurs eradicated memories of the opening 2-1 defeat to Monaco by picking up a priceless three points in Russia against CSKA Moscow last time out, winning 1-0.

Leverkusen meanwhile have managed two draws against the aforementioned opponents, 1-1 (Monaco) and 2-2 (CSKA Moscow) respectively.

The Londoners, who are still unbeaten in the Premier League, will be without star striker Harry Kane as the England international continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

Perhaps the biggest worry for Mauricio Pochettino, though, is the knee injury that ensured Toby Alderweireld left the pitch on a stretcher in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The Belgium international has formed a rock-solid defensive partnership with compatriot Jan Vertonghen at the heart of a Spurs backline that has only conceded six goals in ten competitive games this season.

Kevin Wimmer is in contention to play but Eric Dier looks to be the most likely candidate to come in and replace the stricken Alderweireld.

For the home side, Karim Bellarabi is the biggest absentee for a team that has struggled so far domestically this season.

The Germany international was an integral part of Leverkusen’s success last year but a groin injury requiring surgery will keep the 26-year-old out until the New Year.

The match will be a special one for Tottenham star Son Heung-min as the winger returns to the club where he spent three years before a move to England materialised.

The 24-year-old is in hot form and will be looking to add to the five goals he has amassed so far this campaign.

The hosts meanwhile will be looking to Javier Hernandez to grab the goals on Tuesday night.

The former Manchester United man has been a revelation since arriving in Germany and will be determined to showcase his clinical goal-scoring ability on the biggest stage of them all.

Bayer Leverkusen Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Leno; Henrichs, Tah, Toprak, Wendell; Aranguiz, Kampl; Brandt, Calhanoglu, Volland; Hernandez

Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Janssen



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