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Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
17 February 2020
Wednesday 19 February
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Champions League
The Champions League returns with 16 clubs fighting it out for the top prize, including Premier League side Tottenham and Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. Will we see a cagey first leg with two teams feeling each other out, or are we set to see some goals?
New ground shall be broken on Wednesday evening, as this will be the first ever meeting between these clubs. Tottenham of course reached the Champions League final last season where they were beaten by Liverpool, while this is Leipzig’s first foray into the knockout rounds of Europe’s top club competition.
Tottenham should be fresh following the Premier League’s inaugural winter break, although Harry Kane remains on the sidelines after surgery on his hamstring. Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth are also out, but Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are all available after various injuries.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann expects to have four players missing for this trip over to London from Saxony. Will Orban misses out with a knee injury, while Ibrahima Konate has a hip problem. Kevin Kampl and Tyler Adams are also struggling with ankle and calf issues respectively.
Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig Preview and Predictions
If Tottenham’s journey to last season’s Champions League final is anything to go by, this last-16 tie against RB Leipzig could be yet another thriller involving the north London club. Jose Mourinho will hope for smoother progress than his predecessor managed last term, while opposite number Nagelsmann guides Die Roten Bullen into their first ever Champions League knockout game.
That’s unlikely to have any effect on the approach of this exciting Leipzig team, who’ve taken the Bundesliga by storm since their promotion in 2016. Currently second in the table and only one point behind perennial champions Bayern Munich, the visitors have one of Europe’s most talented - and coveted - young strikers in their ranks.
With Timo Werner a constant goal threat and supply lines including Emil Forsberg, Christopher Nkunku and former Everton forward Ademola Lookman, Tottenham will be very wary of conceding what could be a vital away goal.
Mourinho is a master when it comes to knockout football, shown by his Champions League successes with Porto and Chelsea, and Europa League triumph with Manchester United. Spurs brought in the Portuguese to win a trophy, and they don’t get any bigger than this.
Mourinho will be judged on matches such as this, and the home team are the 2.45 favourites to take an advantage over to Germany for the second leg. Leipzig are 2.90 for the win, while the draw on Wednesday is available at 3.45.
Both teams to score at 1.52
Mourinho will expect his team to keep things tight at the back, but Leipzig have scored 63 goals in 27 fixtures in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and they carry a real goal threat.
Tottenham to win and BTTS at 3.75
Spurs have been managing okay without Harry Kane on the goal front, with Son Heung-min stepping up to the plate once again, and this squad showed their capacity to grind out results last season.