Tottenham vs RB Leipzig
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London).
Tottenham needed a goal in injury time to defeat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday with that win making it seven games unbeaten in all competitions. They have not been grinding those results out however in classic Mourinho style, as their defence has not been good enough to regularly keep clean sheets so outscoring their opponents has been forced upon them. They will have to be at their best as they host in-form RB Leipzig and the away side should be able to avoid defeat at the very least. The German team’s attacking trio of Dani Olmo, Patrick Schick and Timo Werner has plenty of quality to cause the Spurs backline problems so expect Leipzig to take a positive result back to Germany.
THE TEAM NEWS
- Tottenham left it late but earned their third Premier League win in succession as they defeated Aston Villa at the weekend courtesy of two goals from Heung-Min Son and the general mood in the camp is positive right now.
- Spurs are now unbeaten in seven games in all competitions following that victory and will prove difficult to beat in this contest although there are still plenty of improvements that can be made defensively given that they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 15 games in all competitions.
- Jose Mourinho was expected to have the same group of players at his disposal after appearing to come through Sunday’s game unscathed but it has emerged that Heung-min Son suffered a fracture to his arm and will be missing for a number of games with Lucas Moura set to revert to the role of lone striker.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Dier, Winks; Lo Celso, Alli, Bergwijn; Lucas Moura
Unavailable: Kane (Injured), Sissoko (Injured), Wanyama (Out of favour), Foyth (Injured), Son (Injured)
Doubtful: Lamela (Injured)
- RB Leipzig won for the first time in four Bundesliga matches over the weekend as they proved too good for Werder Bremen in a 3-0 success and that was a welcome boost ahead of this trip to London.
- Having gone unbeaten in their three away matches in the group stage, RB Leipzig will be quietly confident that they can silence the home crowd and go into the second leg in a strong position.
- Julian Nagelsmann has a handful of injuries to deal with but the biggest loss will be the versatile Tyler Adams who has torn a calf muscle and that is a significant blow to the Germans.
Predicted line-up (3-4-1-2): Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Sabitzer, Laimer, Angelino; Dani Olmo; Schick, Werner
Unavailable: Kampl (Injured), Konate (Injured), Orban (Injured), Adams (Injured)
Last Five Games of TOT:
W AVL 2-3 TOT
W TOT 3-2 SOUT
W TOT 2-0 MNC
D SOUT 1-1 TOT
W TOT 2-1 NOR
Last Five Games of LEP:
W LEP 3-0 WER
D MUN 0-0 LEP
L EINF 3-1 LEP
D LEP 2-2 MON
L EINF 2-0 LEP