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Spurs vs RB Leipzig predictions, live stream options & confirmed line-ups

By Chris Smith

Tottenham Hotspur vs RB Leipzig preview, predictions, team news, possible line-ups, stats, TV coverage information, Uefa Champions League

Published: 19:05, 19 February 2020

Tottenham Hotspur host RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

The Lilywhites have already lost twice to German opposition this season, falling to Bayern Munich in the group stages, including that 7-2 defeat in north London.

However, Jose Mourinho‘s men will head into this one on a high having nicked a late 3-2 win at Aston Villa on Sunday. They’ll need the full measure of that confidence against a Leipzig side sitting second in the Bundesliga table, just a point behind leaders Bayern.

Can Spurs make another splash on the continent or will they fall to German might once again? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Spurs vs RB Leipzig and where can I watch live?

Competition: Uefa Champions League

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD

Online & live stream options: UK audiences with a BT Sport subscription can watch online or live stream through their app.

Recent form

Tottenham Hotspur

16-02-2020: Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham (Premier League)

05-02-2020: Tottenham 3-2 Southampton (FA Cup)

02-02-2020: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City (Premier League)

25-01-2020: Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (FA Cup)

22-01-2020: Tottenham 2-1 Norwich (Premier League)

Wins: Draws: Defeats: 0 Goals scored: 11 Goals against: 6

RB Leipzig

15-02-2020: RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen (Bundesliga)

09-02-2020: Bayern Munich 0-0 RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

04-02-2020: Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 RB Leipzig (DFB-Pokal)

01-02-2020: RB Leipzig 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga)

25-01-2020: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 RB Leipzig (Bundesliga)

Wins: Draws: Defeats: Goals scored: Goals against: 7

Ones to watch

Tottenham Hotspur: Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier has certainly divided opinion during his time in north London, looking like a wonderfully adept attacking full-back one moment, then woefully inept defensively the next.

Should he get the nod on Wednesday, he’ll have the unenviable task of keeping tabs on Timo Werner, who has been absolutely electric this season, scoring 20 goals in the Bundesliga alone.

Aurier certainly has the pace and strength to keep up with Werner, but does he have the defensive discipline?

Key stat: Aurier has won 7.67 duels per 90 minutes in the Champions League this season — Victor Wanyama (10) and Tanguy Ndombele (8.05) are the only Spurs players to have won more.

RB Leipzig: Timo Werner

While Mourinho will be hoping Aurier has the pace to deal with Werner, the man himself will be licking his lips at the prospect of going one-on-one with the former PSG defender.

The Germany international is without a goal in his last five games but remains Leipzig’s biggest threat and he’ll have to be at his sharpest with chances likely at a premium. Nagelsmann will be hoping Werner can drive inside onto his right foot to test Hugo Lloris between the sticks.

Key stat: No Leipzig player scored more goals than Werner (3) during the Champions League group stages.

Confirmed Tottenham line-up

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Confirmed RB Leipzig line-up

How will Spurs cope without Son Heung-min?

Son’s injury could not have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Despite a series of generally sub-par displays in recent weeks, Son has scored six goals in his last five games, stepping up in Harry Kane’s absence to ensure Jose Mourinho still has firepower up front.

But Spurs have now confirmed the South Korean will be out for “a number of weeks” after undergoing surgery on a fractured arm. That means he will miss both Leipzig ties and crucial Premier League games against Chelsea, Wolves and possibly Manchester United.

Mourinho will hope Dele Alli can step up and improve on his recent poor run in front of goal having scored just once in his last 12 outings. Steven Bergwijn will also look to provide more of a threat, as will Lucas Moura. Ultimately, however, the club’s failure to sign a striker in January looks as if it will prove costly.

Squawka prediction

Despite going seven games without defeat, Tottenham really have been riding their luck in recent weeks with last-minute goals and opposition red cards swinging things in their favour.

If they’re to make another serious attempt at the Champions League, they need to be more authoritative in games, and fast.

Leipzig rank third in the Bundesliga for fast breaks (20), with Nagelsmann’s quick, mobile side flourishing on the counter-attack. On the face of it, they appear made for this away leg and only a vintage Mourinho masterclass will do here.

Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 2-2 RB Leipzig


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