Tottenham V RB Leipzig Predictions And Betting Tips
Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.Spurs’ defence a major worry
Of the 16 teams that have made the knockout stages of the Champions League, Tottenham were the leakiest in conceding 14 goals (they scored 18). Bayern Munich thumped seven past them in the game in London.
Mauricio Pochettino lost his job but Tottenham’s defence hasn’t seemingly benefited from the arrival of Jose Mourinho as head coach.
The Portuguese seems more aware that his brand of football, which was so reliant on being risk-averse, is now outdated.
Mourinho’s Tottenham are more open and attacking than his Manchester United, but they are paying a hefty price for that, with just two clean sheets in their last 15 matches.
Goals are likely to be flowing in this first leg, with Leipzig surely sensing a chance to score on their travels in this first taste of Champions League knockout football, so over 3.5 goals at 13/8 is tempting.
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Leipzig are currently sitting second in the Bundesliga, between Bayern Munich and Dortmund. The eastern Germans have rattled in an impressive 56 goals in 22 games so far and got back on track after a three-game winless streak, sweeping aside Werder Bremen at the weekend.
Tottenham, meanwhile, were fortunate winners at Aston Villa, benefiting from some really poor defending in a 3-2 success.
The absence of skipper Harry Kane is likely to be more keenly felt at this elite level by Spurs, who are also facing the need to balance European participation this spring with a tooth-and-nail domestic scrap to finish in the Champions League places.
Leipzig were unbeaten away from home in the group stages, picking up seven of nine available points on their travels, and they’ve scored at least two goals in their previous four Champions League games. We are backing a 2-2 draw at 19/2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Hard to pick a side
There is basically not enough reason to be strong on either of these teams going into this first-leg clash.
Leipzig’s pre-Christmas form on the road in Europe is negated somewhat by a 2020 record of one win in six on their travels.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be rocking and has proved a real plus-point for Spurs on European nights since it opened.
With the expectation that the goals will flow, the safest route from a betting perspective is to speculate there will be even distribution.
Leipzig’s defence will be reshuffled, as Dayot Upamecano is suspended and Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate are possible injury absentees.
As well as Kane, Spurs are without Son Heung-min – who has a fractured arm – and could also be missing Erik Lamela, so they will be looking to Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Troy Parrott for goals.
While Tottenham scraped a victory on Sunday, Leipzig had a stroll when goals from Patrik Schick and Nordi Mukiele had them home and dry shortly after half-time.
Tottenham have won 10 of their last 14 Champions League games, although their defensive deficiencies may see them denied victory here with a draw at 49/20.
All odds within this article correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.