The situation for Jose Mourinho’s men seems dire. According to the Portuguese gaffer, they are without a striker, defensive midfield, and a decent center option – a concept that seems even more alarming considering the caliber of opponent they’ll be facing at the Red Bull Arena come March in their second-leg Champions League knockout tie.
Unfortunately, our RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions and tips aren’t any rosier than the pre-game forecasts. Take a read down below…
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Match Preview
Under Mourinho’s tutelage, the Lillywhites have suffered some of their worst form in the last few seasons, evident in their league performances as well as Cup defeats.
However, it’s evident that the absences of key players such as Hugo Lloris, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane have played its part in their recent blip – a factor that our RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions wager will once again cause havoc for the visitors.
Indeed, without their go-to forwards, Tottenham have struggled to create chances and instead have been forced to rely on a midfield devoid of any real attacking potentiality (see Dele Alli and Lucas Moura).
Leipzig, on the other hand, have overperformed this season in every department Spurs have underperformed in. From a breathtaking Timo-Werner led attacks, to stringent defensive display showcased by Ibrahim Konate, the German club’s placement in the Bundesliga table – a tantalizing four points behind leaders Bayern Munich – has been a deserved one.
Die Roten Bullen’s recent form should spell trouble for Spurs, regardless of how they intend to set up. Without a creative midfield, clear-cut striking option, and reliable central defensive pairing, there’s every chance of Julian Nagelsmann’s men dominating the game.
Sure, Leipzig’s conversion rates aren’t best, given that they only lead by one goal in the tie, despite Mourinho’s men gifting them with all the opportunities to rack up the goals in the first-leg.
However, as evident in the Lillywhite’s recent defeat to Norwich City in the FA Cup, if there’s one thing we do know about the visitor’s European form, it’s that they always present chances to their opposition – a stat our RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions are banking on.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Head-To-Head
The two teams locked horns for the first time ever in last month’s first-leg Champions League knockout tie at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, which gives even more precedence to our RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions and tips. Fortunately, that’s not the only thing you’ll have to rely on; recent domestic form is another telling factor.
While the Die Roten Bullen have been on a winning streak, racking the goals up against Schalke (a whopping 5-0 victory) and Werder Bremen (a mere 3-0 walloping), Spurs have been struggling for goals, and indeed points.
So, although there may be a lack of historical context, the contrasting forms paint the entire picture ahead of this March’s second-leg.
RB Leipzig Team News
Another positive to add to Leipzig’s narrative coming into the second-leg is how many of their star players are fit and raring to go.
Indeed, the only potential absence is that of centre-back Ibrahim Konate who suffered a torn muscle fiber and has been in rehabilitation since. Yet, even he is set to return to training ahead of the tie.
A bigger problem for Nagelsmann’s men is the number of players at risk of suspension, should Leipzig make it past Spurs. Some of the names on the list, like Marcel Halstenberg, could become notable omissions in a potential quarter-final clash.
Fortunately for the hosts, these names will be available come next Tuesday’s clash at the Red Bull Arena.
Tottenham Team News
For Mourinho, the injury list seems to be a never-ending one. From Lloris’s broken arm to Erik Lamela’s tight hamstring, across the squad, several players have been ruled out of proceedings.
Moussa Sissoko has been in rehab for a knee injury since Christmas while Kane’s New Year’s Day present to fans was a torn hamstring.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The Lillywhites have the return of Toby Alderwiereld and Jan Vertonghen – experienced and proven defenders – to lighten the mood with. The pair were omitted in the squad that was fielded out against Wolves in what Mourinho labeled as a ‘tactical decision’.
Hopefully, with a sturdier defence to call upon, Spurs may have some respite from a blistering Werner-led opposition attack – even if our RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions are wagering against it.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Betting Tips
As expected, the Germans are leading the RB Leipzig vs Tottenham predictions and the betting tips for the game, operating as 4/6 favourites to win and 11/2 to qualify. Spurs, on the other hand are registering in as 4/1 underdogs, with the odds about potential qualification tipping in at 7/2.
Evidently, even the betting tipsters are wagering in the favour of Werner and co – our projections can only second those wagering claims.