Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
RB Leipzig will be looking to finish the job when they host Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie, with the German outfit holding a 1-0 advantage ahead of kick-off. Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping to lead Leipzig to the quarter finals of the competition for the first time, with an injury-hit Spurs side having to call upon the spirit which saw them reach last season’s final if they are to progress. Ahead of the game, we will take a detailed look at the two teams, as well as providing our expert betting tip surrounding the tie.
RB Leipzig have been one of German football’s major talking points this season, with the Red Bulls currently sitting just two points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings, while they have also impressed in Europe. The goals of striker Timo Werner have played a significant role in their success story, with the German international having been named on the substitutes bench for his sides goalless draw at Wolfsburg on Saturday ahead of their encounter with Spurs on Tuesday. Nagelsmann’s side have the joint-best defensive record in the German top-flight too, with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Lukas Klostermann having impressed in this area of the field in particular. Meanwhile, on-loan Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu will be hoping to get one over on Spurs once again, having performed so well on a rare outing for Leipzig in North London last time out.
Tottenham are now without a win in their last five matches, with Jose Mourinho’s side being in danger of crashing out of both the FA Cup and Champions League in under seven days. A 1-1 draw at Burnley means that the Lilywhites are also outsiders to finish in the Premier League’s top four, with the absence of attacking duo Harry Kane and Song Heung-min having hit the team hard. Spurs know that they must score at least one goal against Leizpig on Tuesday if they are to have any chance of progressing, with Mourinho likely to once again turn to the likes of Dele Alli and January signing Steven Bergwijn in forward positions. Elsewhere, having been criticised by his manager and taken off at half time against Burnley, record signing Tanguy Ndombele could well miss out on a placing in the starting XI.
Their clash in North London two weeks ago was the first ever meeting between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur, meaning that few conclusions can be made in terms of their head-to-head record. A Timo Werner penalty handed Leipzig a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie, with the German side perhaps being disappointed that they did not score more than just one goal against the Premier League side.
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The Bundesliga side are unsurprisingly the favourites to overcome Spurs and reach the quarter finals of the Champions League, with this market being available at best odds of 1.17 from bookmaker William Hill. The two teams are enjoying differing runs of form, with Spurs having to win in Germany without their biggest goalscoring threats due to injuries.
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Are top betting tip for the Champions League Round of 16 second leg clash between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening is so bet on there being under 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes, a market which is available at best odds of 1.73 with bookmaker BetVictor. Leizpig have been hugely impressive defensively, while Spurs are without the likes of Kane and Son, meaning that their ability to find the back of the net will be limited.