Spurs V RB Leipzig: Match Preview, Team News and Betting Prediction

Jose Mourinho takes charge of his first European fixture for Tottenham Hotspur when they host German side, RB Leipzig, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League knockout tie.

After a slow start to his Spurs career, Mourinho has slowly but surely got the team playing better and getting results. They are currently unbeaten in the last five matches in all competitions, winning four and drawing one.

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RB Leipzig, on the other hand, are enjoying a wonderful season under the charismatic Julian Nagelsman. The Bundesliga side is just three points behind Bayern Munich in the German top flight and won their Champions League group against the likes of Olympique Lyon and Benfica.

They warmed up to this match with a 3-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen in the league on Saturday.

Team News

Tottenham will be without Harry Kane all the way up to the final should they make it that far due to a hamstring injury sustained against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Moussa Sissoko was also injured in that match and is another long-term absentee, while Juan Foyth and Erik Lamela sat out the 3-2 win over Aston Villa due to groin complaints.

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The return of Ben Davies from a three-month layoff is a big positive for Mourinho, though, and on the opposite flank, it is a straight choice between Japhet Tanganga and Serge Aurier.

After starting on the bench at Villa Park, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovanni Lo Celso are both in line for recalls in midweek.

As for the visitors, Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate are injured and Dayot Upamecano is suspended.

Nagelsmann is expected to stick with a back-three formation, which could potentially see Manchester City loanee Angelino slot in at wing-back.

Tyler Adams and Kevin Kampl are Leipzig’s two other confirmed absentees, so Amadou Haidara could get the nod in central midfield.

Betting Tip

Both teams to score @1.50

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