A Son Heung-min brace saw Spurs overcome relegation scrapping Aston Villa at the weekend, with the last goal coming in the dying seconds after a Bjorn Engels error.
These were the Lilywhites’ first league goals on the road of 2020, gifting them their first away win across all competitions since mid-December, though on their home turf they’re a much more competitive outfit.
Indeed, they’ve now won four on the bounce at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and a total of eight from 10 under Jose Mourinho. However, their two defeats came to nil against fellow Champions League opposition in Liverpool and Chelsea, while they were 0-0 with Man City before the visitors went down to 10 men.
Their seven other victories came either against bottom-half sides, Olympiakos or Middlesbrough, with only two of those seven coming by more than a solitary strike, so Leipzig will fancy their chances of taking a positive result back to the Red Bull Arena.
Leipzig are, however, struggling to find their best form of late. Their 3-0 victory over second bottom Werder Bremen at the weekend was their first in five matches, while their main man Timo Werner is going through something of a mini-drought having failed to find the net in any of those matches.
That said, their home form has a completely different look to it, winning seven of their last nine unbeaten matches at the Red Bull Arena. With that in mind, Leipzig’s priority here will be to take an away goal or two back with them and rely on their home fans to get them over the line.
Both Teams To Score And Either Team To Win
Despite failing to win in four matches on the road, goals have not been an issue. In fact, they’ve now scored in 26 of their 28 road trips since the beginning of 2019, scoring two or more in 19 of them and a minimum of three in 15.
Jose Mourinho has failed to sort out his back line yet, as they looked incredibly shaky in the opening spell at the weekend, conceding 18 shots in total across the match.
In fact, they’ve now conceded at least 10 shots in each of their last eight matches despite all but two of those coming against bottom-half or Championship sides, so we wouldn’t be surprised at all if Leipzig capitalised on their backline disarray.
With the both teams to score market seeming relatively short we’re looking to couple it with an outright.
The hosts will invariably be pushing hard for a win here to give them the upper hand going into the second leg, and that could open this game up more than a first leg Champions League knockout tie should.
Given Spurs haven’t drawn a single game here under Mourinho yet, the odds for either team to find a winner appeals.
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