RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur

, KO: 20:00 Mar 10, 2020, Red Bull Arena
Tottenham Hotspur

TOTTENHAM have previous when it comes to epic Champions League comebacks but it would be a huge surprise if they roared back in Leipzig to reach the quarter-finals.

Spurs were comfortably beaten at home by the slick German side, even though only a Timo Werner penalty separated the sides on the night, and their form since then has been terrible.

Jose Mourinho's side avoided a fifth successive defeat with a 1-1 draw at Burnley but it was another unconvincing display. I tipped Sean Dyche's side to win on Saturday and it would have come up had Ben Mee not conceded a penalty with a stupid challenge on Erik Lamela.

There's something just not right at Spurs just now, with the loss of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son to injury robbing them of a cutting edge up front and Mourinho cutting an increasingly grumpy figure.

Last term, Tottenham defied the odds to reach the Champions League knockout stage then conjured up one of the greatest revivals in the tournament's history to stun Ajax in the semi-finals.

But I just can't see them repeating the trick against a Leipzig side who dazzled in the group stage and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

Their momentum has stalled a little with successive Bundesliga draws against Leverkusen and Wolfsburg but even a stalemate here would be enough to take Julian Nagelsmann's side into the last eight.

How the bookies view it

Spurs have been written off by the bookies, with BetVictor making them 5/1 outsiders for a victory in Germany and Leipzig a best 4/7 with Bet365 to win. The draw is 18/5 with Marathonbet.

Leipzig have only conceded one goal in their last six games, and even that was to in-form Leverkusen, so many punters will fancy a home win to nil at 17/10 with 888Sport.

But a Leipzig clean sheet on its own pays a decent 7/5 at Coral and I'll play safe by going for that as they have only won once at home in their last four Champions League matches.

Head to head

The first-leg clash in London was the first meeting between the sides and Leipzig's maiden encounter against English opposition in Europe.

Spurs have a decent record in two-leg knockout ties against German opposition, winning five and losing three. They also won 1-0 away to Dortmund (below) in the last 16 a year ago thanks to a goal from Harry Kane.

Players to watch

Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer impressed me in the first leg and is always a threat with his late runs from the engine room. The Austrian has 15 goals for the season and looks decent value at 21/10 with Paddy Power to find the net here.

Giovani Lo Celso was arguably Tottenham's biggest threat in the first leg and should feature here after coming off the bench at Burnley. The Argentine is 8/1 with 888Sport for anytime scorer and that could be worth a punt given his long-range shooting prowess.

Anything else catch the eye?

I cashed in by backing under 2.5 goals when these sides faced off in London as first-leg clashes are always a bit cagey. With Spurs trailing by just a goal, I can't see Mourinho throwing caution to the wind too early so try backing the second period to be the highest-scoring half at 11/10 with Paddy Power.

The first leg was pretty feisty, with six cards in total, so there could be some value in the card markets. Spurs stopper Davinson Sanchez is 7/2 with Unibet to pick up a card and that looks value given he has picked up five bookings this season.

 

This match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur will be played on Mar 10, 2020 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur prediction.

RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions
Leipzig clean sheet
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Second half the highest-scoring half
11/10
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Davinson Sanchez to be carded
7/2
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