Tottenham welcome RB Leipzig to London for the German sides first ever competitive match against English opposition. Jose Mourinho’s side will be hoping to take a clean sheet with them for their second-leg tie and will have to keep Timo Werner quiet.
Leipzig are flying on the domestic front having scored 56 goals in 22 Bundesliga games. Can they bag an important away goal on Wednesday? Check out our predictions here.
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig – Champions League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
Referee in charge: Cüneyt Çakir
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be broadcast to viewers in the UK on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also catch the action on the go via the BT Sport app.
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig – The Form Guide
Spurs are enjoying a spell with good results. They have won their last three league games in a row and are starting to climb the table. Chelsea’s loss to Manchester United on Monday night means that the Lilywhites are only one behind the Blues in fourth-spot. Things are looking up for Mourinho and a decent run in the Champions League would go some way in proving he was the right man for the job.
In saying that, Spurs performances haven’t been great. They have won their last two games by a scoreline of 3-2 and were exceptionally lucky to claim victories. Last time out it took a 94th minute Son Heung-Min penalty to beat lowly Aston Villa. They have conceded four in their last two matches and will need to tighten up at the back to have a chance of progressing.
Leipzig finished top of Group G to make it to the knock-out phases of the Champions League, and are in a genuine title race with Bayern Munich this season. The East Germans beat Werder Bremen 3-0 at the weekend to keep the pressure on at the top with only a point separating them and Munich.
Although they topped their group, they did only won half their games. Arguably they didn’t have the strongest opposition with Ligue 1 side Lyon the biggest threat in the group. This is the first time they have reached this stage of Europe's elite competition and coach Julian Nagelsmann will see this as his chance to shine.
What is the Team News?
Harry Kane will of course still be missing for last years runners-up with a hamstring injury. His absence is a big blow, but Mourinho’s midfielders are stepping up to the challenge of scoring.
But the breaking news is that Son Heung-Min will be out for several weeks. He fractured his arm in the first half of the 3-2 win over Aston Villa last week and continued to play on. He is another huge loss for Spurs.
Moussa Sissoko is also out for the Londoners but in good news, there are plenty of players returning.
Giovanni Lo Celso is available following an injury, as is Tanguy Ndombele. Furthermore, Ben Davies is back in action and will likely start on Wednesday.
Manchester City loan Angelino might get the nod for the visitors with Nagelsmann expected to stick with his preferred back-three formation.
Dayot Upamecano is suspended for this game so won’t play a part. Meanwhile, Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate, Tyler Adama and Kevin Kampl all miss out through injury leaving Leipzig vulnerable at the back.
Tottenham Predicted Line-up: Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Winks, Dier Lo Celso; Bergwijn, Alli; Lucas
RB Leipzig Predicted Line-up: Gulácsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño; Laimer, Haidara; Olmo, Sabitzer; Werner, Schick
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig Latest Odds
Spurs fans may have been dreading landing German opposition after a humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Group stages at home this season. However, aside from the German giants, Tottenham have a decent record against German clubs. They have beaten Bourissa Dortmund four times in their last four including the two games last season at the last 16 stage.
Tottenham have progressed well in the Champions League in recent seasons, even making the final last year. They start this match as slight favourites at 33/20 (2.65) with 22Bet and they are also favourites to qualify over the two legs at 1/1 (2.0).
RB Leipzig are in unfamiliar territory and are yet to go far in any European competition. They are in decent form domestically, although in saying that they have won only two of their last five. 22Bet have them priced at 17/10 (2.7) to earn a first-leg victory, which we feel is a little bit too short to be interested in.
The draw at 22Bet is currently 5/2 (3.5) and with Spurs without key forwards, you wonder if they would settle for that.
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig Score Prediction
Mourinho seems to have ditched his ‘park the bus’ tactics and has his sides have been taking the game to the opposition. This is partly because his defence is very leaky and to win games, you need to score the most. A clean sheet would be the ideal situation for Spurs so they don’t have to contend with an away goal, however this is something they have managed often this season. In fact, they have only claimed four in 26 league games. Furthermore, Spurs are now with their two top scorers with Son sidelined. Goalscoring duties may fall the likes of Lucas Moura.
Leipzig forward Timo Werner has been the subject of attention from several of Europes biggest clubs. His goalscoring form speaks for itself with the German bagging 20 goals this season and providing six assists. He will be the danger man for the away side, and we reckon he’ll get passed Spurs weak defence.
With this in mind, we’re going to back a goalscoring draw, which could signify trouble for Spurs.
A correct score of 2-2 at 12/1 (13.0) with 22Bet is our pick.
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig Tip
From a betting point of view, everything points towards goals. Spurs poor record at the back along with Leipzig’s high-scoring indicate that we could be in for a highly entertaining game. Timo Werner is eyeing a move to the Premier League and with this extra incentive, we think he’ll be at his best. Son has been in terrific goal-scoring form lately and will be missed. The likes of Lucas Moura and Dele Alli have been getting amongst the goals this season and will need to up their effort here.
Because of this, a draw with plenty of goals is going to be our best bet.
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