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Mon 30 September 2019 | 11:29

Tottenham host Bayern Munich as the German giants head to north London to take on last season's Champions League finalists.

Competition: Champions League 2019/20 season

Date: Tuesday 1st October

Time: 20:00 BST

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Referee: Clément Turpin

Tottenham face a tough home fixture while hosting a confident Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Although Spurs managed to get to the final of last season’s competition, they don’t have the pedigree of their opposition. This is especially true based on their mixed start to the campaign. A big result on Tuesday could start their season and give them a platform to build from although it won’t be easy.

Harry Kane spoke up his team’s chances of battling back from a difficult start to the season. The Premier League title and Champions League trophy remain on the agenda of the players, but their early performances show that they are far away from that. The underlying issues evolving from the contract situations of some senior players seem to be having an impact on the dressing room. Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen have been two that have voiced a desire to move on to new challenges. Mauricio Pochettino has been a great success at the club, but this is a testing period and it will be interesting to see how he copes with it.

Bayern Munich come to England with a point to prove following some quieter years following the departure of Pep Guardiola. The current manager, Niko Kovac, has a point to prove in his second season and a strong showing in the Champions League will go a long way to silencing his critics. They have been the pace-setters in the Bundesliga and they will be confident of getting a positive result on Tuesday.

Interesting stats:

Tanguy Ndombele has scored more league goals for Tottenham than he managed during his time for Angers and Lyon.

Bayern Munich are averaging over three goals per game in the Bundesliga.

Team news

Son Heung-min should be passed fit following a slight knock at the weekend. Serge Aurier should start despite his Premier League sending off. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are both unavailable.

Ivan Perisic is a doubt for the trip to England. Leon Goretzka will miss out, but David Alaba is now back fit for the German champions.

Head to head results:

The two sides have met four times before in UEFA competitions.

Bayern beat Tottenham 5-2 on aggregate in the 1982 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, while Spurs beat the Bavarians 2-1 on aggregate in round three of the 1983-84 UEFA Cup.

The teams also faced off this summer in the Audi Cup, with Spurs winning on penalties in Munich.

Possible starting line-ups:

Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele; Eriksen; Son, Kane.

Bayern Munich XI:

Neuer; Pavard, Süle, Boateng, Lucas Hernandez; Kimmich, Thiago; Coman, Coutinho, Davies; Lewandowski.

source: SportMob