RB Leipzig vs Tottenham
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
Jose Mourinho’s love affair with the Champions League will resume this week as he guides his Tottenham Hotspur side into battle against RB Leipzig. Many expect this to be a tricky fixture for the Premier League side and the Germans have been flying in the Bundesliga this season.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Head-to-head (h2h)
These two teams have locked horns just once so far, and it was in the first leg of this tie. Then, the Red Bulls won on the road with a 0-1 scoreline. The sole goal had come via a penalty from Timo Werner.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Match Preview
Tottenham Hotspur have rediscovered their form over recent weeks, and that has given them the best possible chance to achieve the top-four finish that they desperately crave.
Mourinho’s tactics are being implemented brilliantly by his team, which means that they haven’t missed Harry Kane as much as many would have thought.
Spurs have won their last three in the Premier League, and that has lifted them to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Their latest win in the league was a dramatic last-gasp victory over Aston Villa.
Spurs were the victims of their own downfall in that match as they made two defensive mistakes to allow the West Midlands side back into the match.
However, they were able to get the win in the closing stages as Hueng Min-Son pounced on a defensive error from Bjorn Engels before racing clear to score.
Tottenham will have to be much stronger in defensive against Leipzig if they are to get the win. Leipzig have surprised a lot of people this season as they currently hold the second spot in the Bundesliga table.
They are just one point behind Bayern Munich and go into this fixture against Tottenham in excellent form.
They have the second-best defensive record in the Bundesliga, and they have also scored the third-highest number of goals.
Over their last five games, they have won twice, but only been beaten on one occasion.
A lot of the attention for this fixture will be on Timo Werner, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer.
He has already scored 20 goals in 22 games this season, and Tottenham’s chances of winning will likely hinge on their ability to keep him quiet.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News
Harry Kane remains out for Spurs, while Moussa Sissoko will also be missing. Erik Lamela is also a doubt.
RB Leipzig Team News
Tyler Adams, Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate will be missing for the travelling side. However, Kevin Kampl could be fit enough for a place on the bench.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Prediction
In the last four months, the Red Bulls have lost just against Frankfurt, and the last they lost at home was back in the first week of October. At present, they are on an eleven-game unbeaten run at home, of which seven were wins.
On the other hand, Mourinho’s men are on a five-match winless run, and of those, an alarming four were losses. Keep note that in the process, they lost against the dead-last placed team in the PL, and conceded two or more goals against two relegation-battlers.
To pile on, the squad also lost the first leg, and could not even score a goal in front of their home crowd. The Germans, who have the precious away goal, and are leading in aggregate, will have the luxury of opting to defend well until the visitors are forced to attack.
As things stand, the English outfit will be under pressure, and they will have to concentrate more on offense. The hosts will sit deep, and try to get Mourinho’s men on the counter, or try to take advantage of the mistakes committed by the tensed guests.
As such, expect a dominating win for RB Leipzig this Tuesday.