RB Leipzig Vs Tottenham Preview – Team news, prediction and probable starting lineups
Liga Live previews the high-stakes RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur clash including team news of both sides, predicted lineups and prediction.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are the favorites to book their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.
Timo Werner’s strike from the first leg is the difference between two sides who are coming into this game on the back of surprisingly similar results at the weekend.
RB Leipzig, who are fighting to stop Bayern Munich from winning their 8th consecutive Bundesliga title, were held to a dour 0-0 draw by Wolfsburg at the weekend. The stalemate means that Die Roten Bullen now find themselves five points behind the league leaders.
However, while their Tuesday’s opponents are favorites to feature in next season’s Champions League regardless of what happens during the game, Spurs, who drew 1-1 with Burnley on Saturday, cannot say the same about themselves as they sit 7 points behind 4th placed Chelsea.Dayot Upamecano, the in-demand center-back who missed the first leg due to suspension, will once again be available for selection for the home side.
Nagelsmann won't have the luxury to nominate Ibrahma Konate and Kevin Kampl in the matchday squad as the duo remains unavailable due to injury. Though he might hand Willi Orban the start after the center back recovered from his knee injury to earn a place at the bench at the weekend.
Another player who could miss this game is the on-loan Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu. He is struggling with a back injury and might watch this crucial game from the sidelines. But the fact that he has started only 2 games in this competition this season means his presence won't be sorely missed.
Clean sheets in Jose Mourinho's first 25 matches at each club:
Chelsea – 17
Inter – 10
Real Madrid – 15
Chelsea – 10
Manchester Utd – 9
Tottenham – 3
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) March 9, 2020
Spurs, meanwhile, will be traveling to Leipzig without Harry Kane and Son Heung Min as the striking partnership remains on the sidelines for the foreseeable future. Similar is the case with Moussa Sissoko as the influential France midfielder recovers from an operation on his knee.
All is not doom and gloom for the away side, though, as January signing Steven Bergwijn is expected to recover from his knock and start Tuesday's clash from the first whistle. Giovani Lo Celso, Serge Aurier, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura are all expected to return to the starting XI after being named on the bench against Burnley.For a side that has kept just three clean sheets in their last 25 games in all competitions, Spurs are expected to leak goals at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday evening.
The recent home form of their hosts might also give a headache to Mourinho as he tries and prepares his players for this crucial fixture. The German outfit haven’t lost at home in all competitions since November, a run which stretches to 11 games.
Furthermore, with Spurs failing to win a game in all competitions in almost a month – they have lost four of their last five, Leipzig fans have all the reasons in the world to feel confident about their team coming out of this game with a Champions League quarter-final position in the bag.
RB Leipzig predicted lineup vs Tottenham: Gulacsi; Halstenberg, Upamecano, Klostermann; Angelino, Sabitzer, Laimer, Mukiele; Nkunku; Shick, Werner
Tottenham predicted lineup vs RB Leipzig: Lloris; Davies, Alderweireld, Dier, Sanchez, Aurier; Bergwijn, Winks, Lo Celso, Moura; Alli