Champions League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Red Bull Leipzig

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The knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday with a duel between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig. The vice-champions of Europe have a tough job of eliminating one of the best German teams in a game without clear favorites. Check out our Champions League Preview for this encounter that will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tottenham Hotspur enter this tie on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions and can also boast ten wins from their last 14 UEFA Champions League home matches (L4). However, they lost both UCL group stage games against German champions Bayern Munich by a 2+ goal margin earlier this season, a team opponents RB Leipzig held to a goalless draw earlier this month.

The hosts have netted the opener in four straight home games (W4 – in all competitions), but have also kept just one clean sheet across their last seven home matches. An entertaining game looms then, especially as all three of Tottenham’s UCL home matches this term saw over 2.5 first-half goals and over 4.5 by the final whistle.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News

Jose Mourinho cannot count on Harry Kane (muscle), Heung-Min Son (broken arm), Moussa Sissoko (knee), and Juan Foyth (groin). Erik Lamela is questionable with a thigh injury. Lucas Moura will likely start up front with Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli behind, while Giovani Lo Celso has a strong chance to start this game in midfield.

Trends:

  • Dele Alli has scored a first-half opener in three of the last four Tottenham games that he’s found the net
  • The opener was netted by the 15th minute in Tottenham’s previous three UCL home games
  • Tottenham’s record in two-legged European ties against German opposition stands at W5, L3

RED BULL LEIPZIG

Group G winners Leipzig may have won only one of their last five competitive fixtures (D2, L2). However, the Bundesliga title-challengers won two of their three UCL away games this term (D1), after netting the opener and scoring precisely two goals in all three matches.

While this is Leipzig’s first European match against an English side, they have won five of their previous six two-legged European knockout ties. Notably, Leipzig’s last eight competitive victories saw them net over 2.5 team goals, but six also witnessed both teams score.

Red Bull Leipzig Team News

Julian Nagelsmann will be without several key players for this encounter with Tottenham. Defenders Willi Orban (knee), Ibrahima Konate (hip), and Dayot Upamecano (suspension) are all out for this game. Kevin Kampl (ankle) and Tyler Adams (calf) are also unavailable to play on Wednesday.

Trends:

  • Timo Werner has scored in five of Leipzig’s last eight away games – they are unbeaten in the last 34 games he’s found the net (W29, D5 – 90 minutes only)
  • All three of Leipzig’s UCL away games saw over 8.5 corners, and two witnessed over 14.5

H2H RECORD

These two teams have never met before, and this will be Jose Mourinho’s first-ever game against Julian Nagelsmann.

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