Tottenham needed a goal in injury time to defeat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday with that win making it seven games unbeaten in all competitions. They have not been grinding those results out however in classic Mourinho style, as their defence has not been good enough to regularly keep clean sheets so outscoring their opponents has been forced upon them.
They will have to be at their best as they host in-form RB Leipzig and the away side should be able to avoid defeat at the very least. The German team’s attacking trio of Dani Olmo, Patrick Schick and Timo Werner has plenty of quality to cause the Spurs backline problems so expect Leipzig to take a positive result back to Germany.
Hotspurs are going strong
Tottenham left it late but earned their third Premier League win in succession as they defeated Aston Villa at the weekend courtesy of two goals from Heung-Min Son and the general mood in the camp is positive right now. Spurs are unbeaten in seven although there are still plenty of improvements that can be made defensively given that they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 15 games in all competitions.
Jose Mourinho should have the same group of players at his disposal after appearing to come through Sunday’s game unscathed and that should see match-winner Son retain his role as the lone striker ahead of Lucas Moura, who has occasionally occupied that berth.
Catastrophe struck though in some form on Sunday, as it turned out red-hot Son had fractured his arm and according to Jose Mourinho will most likely be out for the rest of the season. He will be sorely missed at a time when the squad is already making do without captain Harry Kane. Other than Son, Mourinho should have the same group of players at his disposal for tonight’s match as he did on Sunday.
RB Leipzig won for the first time in four Bundesliga matches over the weekend as they proved too good for Werder Bremen in a 3-0 success and that was a welcome boost ahead of this trip to London.
Having gone unbeaten in their three away matches in the group stage, RB Leipzig will be quietly confident that they can silence the home crowd and go into the second leg in a strong position. Julian Nagelsmann has a handful of injuries to deal with, but the biggest loss will be the versatile Tyler Adams who has torn a calf muscle and that is a significant blow to the Germans.
One certainly can’t rule out a home win as Tottenham seem to have an agreement with Lady Luck at the moment, and we like the look of Son to score once again with the Korean now scoring in Spurs last five outings, but we also like both sides to score on White Hart Lane.