Spurs vs RB Leipzig prediction

Tottenham Hotspur host high-flying RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League Second Round tie on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in their group, whilst this week’s German opponents have held their country’s champions to 1-1 and 0-0 draws in the Bundesliga this season.

Spurs will be without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min for both legs, which begs the question where the goals are going to come from. All eyes will be Steven Bergwijn, as neither Lucas Moura nor Dele Alli have been in fine form in front of goal lately.

Mourinho may also be without Erik Lamela in attack through injury, limiting his options further. Defensively at least, the North London club had started to look better in recent weeks, before conceding two at Aston Villa over the weekend.

RB Leipzig have injuries and suspensions in their own defence, with rumours 19-year-old Ethan Ampadu could make a rare start during his loan spell from Chelsea.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side do have one of the hottest attacks in Europe though – Timo Werner scoring for fun domestically, supported by Patrik Schick and Christopher Nkunku in attack. Marcel Sabitzer scored twice from midfield in the group stage too, whilst the head coach could also call upon Yussuf Poulsen and Emil Forsberg in attack.

Expect this to be an end to end game with the German side being more efficient in the final third. I see RB Leipzig progressing from this tie, which starts with a result in London.

Best bet: Lay Tottenham Hotspur at 2.78 with Betfair
Value bet: Back RB Leipzig at 2.84 with Betfair

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