Tip Tottenham - Leipzig
The Champions League knockout stages kick off this week and Tottenham have a tricky tie on their hands as they play host to RB Leipzig. The energy-drink-backed upstarts are in contention for the Bundesliga title and they have impressed with their strong performances in both domestic and European competition. A surprise home defeat to Lyon aside, Leipzig's progression was relatively straightforward. They topped a group of middling difficulty, every team deemed to be of a similar quality when the draw was made. Leipzig went on to show that they were a class above their group-mates, shooting down opponents with goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg. One of Europe's most prolific scorers this season, Werner has 25 goals in all competitions. He is the obvious dangerman for Spurs to look out for. However, he has plenty of support from a cast of dynamic attackers.
The star name of Tottenham's frontline will be missing from this midweek encounter. Harry Kane scored six goals in the group stage but is out of action until April at the earliest due to an injury he picked at the start of the year. Spurs will miss his goals and now will be missing Son too due to a broken arm. They still have Moura though and January signing Steven Bergwijn is an interesting addition to the side. He scored on his debut in a victory over Manchester City, a volley that demonstrated his shot quality. The meeting with Leipzig is a chance for Spurs to exorcise demons from their 7-2 home defeat to another German side, Bayern Munich, back in October. That match truly exposed the brittle backline of Spurs, one that has only managed two clean sheets from six games in this season's Champions League. Bayern were brutal and clinical, Leipzig can be exactly the same way. With that in mind, we advise backing the visitors in a draw no bet wager.
Key points Tottenham - Leipzig
The last time Spurs hosted German opposition, Bayern Munich beat them 7-2.
Both Tottenham and RB Leipzig only kept two clean sheets from their six group stage matches.
RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season.
Conclusion Tottenham - Leipzig
RB Leipzig would have viewed this as a favourable draw when it was announced that their first-ever Champions League knockout games would be against Tottenham. As the recent Premier League victory over Man City (kind of) illustrated, Jose Mourinho can still pull off big results no matter how unconvincing the performance. But if Leipzig are clinical, we only see one winner. Back the visitors in a draw no bet selection.
Tottenham Leipzig Prediction published on February 18, 2020