Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs RB Leipzig 20 February 20

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Champions League Last 16
Tottenham Hotspur vs. RB Leipzig
Thursday, February 20th , 2020
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: W D W W W
CL Average goals per match: 3.00
CL Average goals against per match: 2.33
CL Top Scorer: Harry Kane (6)

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: L D L D W
CL Average goals per match: 1.67
CL Average goals against per match: 1.33
CL Top Scorer: Emil Forsberg & Timo Werner (3)

We have yet another cracker in store in the Champion's League this week, as José Mourinho takes his Tottenham Hotspur side to Germany to take on an RB Leipzig side who are enjoying an excellent season on the domestic front.

Not too surprisingly considering that RB Leipzig have only really come to prominence in recent seasons, this will be the first ever meeting of any description between these sides.

Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min are all out injured for the home side. Leipzig will be without the injured quartet of Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konaté, Tyler Adams and Kevin Kampl, in addition to the suspended Dayot Upamecano.

Tottenham's home Champion's League campaign didn't start well as they were humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich. Credit to the North London club though, they did bounce back to beat both Red Star and Olympiakos in convincing fashion here.

Leipzig were unbeaten in three on the road - winning at Benfica and Zenit and picking up a point at Lyon - scoring twice in each of those games.

Spurs arrive in decent heart being unbeaten in seven in all competitions. Leipzig in contrast have won only one of their last five - but that did come in their most recent fixture when beating Bremen 3-0.

This looks tough to call. That loss of Son in addition to Harry Kane does rip a lot of the goals out of this Spurs side. We don't see them playing into the hands of a Leipzig outfit who are so dangerous on the counter though and a draw may be the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 RB Leipzig


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 12 - 16
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks:  6 - 7
Possession: 43% - 57%

Three bookings for each side in the one with Giovani Lo Celso, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela of the home side, and Marcel Sabitzer, Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku of Leipzig all having their names taken by referee Cuneyt Cakir.

A narrow but valuable away success for Leipzig then, and probably just about a deserved one with the visitors ahead on possession and the total shot count. Goals looked like being a potential issue for Spurs beforehand, and in the end so it proved. Not that Leipzig were that much better, ultimately only taking a lead into the second leg courtesy of a penalty kick.

Leipzig were the brighter of the two sides in the early exchanges and very nearly took the lead through Angelino. The full-backs deflected effort from the left of the area striking the foot of the post - with Timo Werner then being denied from around a yard by Hugo Lloris.

Steven Bergwijn then forced a decent stop out of Peter Gulácsi in what was a frenetic opening to the game.

Next came Werner again. Clean through but only able to hit Lloris with his strike. Goalless at the interval.

The decisive moment of the game arrived in the 58th minute. Ben Davies getting it all wrong and bringing Konrad Laimer down in the area. Clear penalty kick. Werner stepping up and dispatching into the bottom left corner.

It was nearly even better for the visitors when Patrik Schick got on the end of a lovely flowing move on the counter, but was denied by Lloris from ten yards or so.

Giovanni Lo Celso came close for Spurs when seeing his 25-yard free kick denied by the fingertips of Gulácsi.

0-1 final score.

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