Tottenham Hotspur are in a very tough situation. They have numerous problems with injuries, and one by one, their stars are added to the list of absent players. The Spurs await Red Bull Leipzig tomorrow in the 1st leg of the Champions League‘s round of 16, and need to make the best possible result before heading to Germany in two weeks.
Tottenham (+162) lost their second big name in the offensive line. After their captain, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, also picked up an injury that will set him apart from the field for quite some time. One of the best wingers in the world broke his arm against Aston Villa and now has to dedicate a certain amount of time to heal himself. Even though they constantly experience adversities, Tottenham is playing solid. They have three wins in a row, with the Spurs scoring twice in all of them. However, the defense is not very shiny, and although Mourinho’s side didn’t lose for seven straight matches, during that period they conceded at least one goal in five games. For the first time in history, we are witnessing the situation in which the Portuguese manager has to rely upon offense more than on defense, and it will be interesting to see how he handles that.
Red Bull Leipzig (+162) is determined to make something big this season. The club from Eastern Germany is excellent in the domestic championship and is also doing very well in the UCL. Even though RB has a young coach, Julian Nagelsmann, that doesn’t reflect upon the Bulls’ results and for the moment, everything is going smoothly. After a little crisis during which Red Bull suffered elimination from DFB Pokal and lost five points in two games in the Bundesliga, they snatched a point from Allianz Arena and defeated Werder in the most recent clash. So pretty much they bounced back following that unpleasant period.
Tottenham’s Son needs to have surgery after breaking his hand against Aston Villa. It is a massive blow for the Spurs who now have to modify their offensive lineup. Kane is long gone, as well as Moussa Sissoko. Erik Lamela is questionable right now.
Among the guests, Kevin Kampl, Ibrahima Konate, and Will Orban can’t play due to various injuries.
Head to Head Games
There wasn’t at least one competitive clash between these two sides.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that these two teams play efficient football. Yes, they are posting above-average stats when talking about goals, but this will be something else. This is an elimination phase, and tactics will be a lot different here than at the ordinary championship match. We specifically mean that because of Mourinho, who is aware that his team has a massive handicap upfront, and that he can’t cover up the absence of two top strikers of his crew.
Due to this situation, a moderate efficiency, 2 or 3 goals is the only reasonable solution for this game. The odds among the bookies for this one are +105.
Pick: 2 or 3 goals + 105
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