Tottenham v RB Leipzig: Tricky first leg tie to second-guess


THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE knockout stages continue on Wednesday night. We asked Tom Love (@TomLove_18) to source the best bets from Tottenham's tussle with RB Leipzig.

Tottenham v RB Leipzig | Wednesday 19th February 2020, 20:00 | BT Sport

Champions League finalists Spurs are looking to go one further and win the European title this year. It proves to be a much more difficult task this time round though with Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son sidelined for their Last 16 tie with a vibrant RB Leipzig outfit.

The North London side are ranked along with their counterparts here as outside 33/1 shots to lift the trophy so on paper this is a meeting of two of the weaker teams left in the prestigious tournament which goes to show the quality left in it.

With key men out for Spurs, the same can be said for the Germans who are without defensive lynchpins Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upemacano, the former two are injured whilst the latter is suspended for their visit to England. I think they’ll be happy if they took a point here all things considered.

However it’s not really the style of Julian Nagelsmann to set up for a draw. Even in their recent draw in the big game against Bayern Munich, Die Roten Bullen had ample chances to win that game and they weren’t playing for a point.

I usually loathed to back a goal-filled game in a tight looking match up in a first leg but I would understand if people got involved with the even-money on Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Goals going off recent form.

I am however wary that Jose Mourinho could revert to type and go hell for leather to avoid Leipzig getting an away goal. It makes it a devilishly difficult game to unpick and as a betting proposition it’s hard to find anything in the more basic markets that holds enough appeal to get involved with.

There is a bet that I’ve backed a few times this season with good success and that comes in SkyBet’s Request-a-Bet market. We can get 10/11 for each team 1+ corner in each half and each team 10+ booking points and that looks a good price all in all. Consider it’s an even looking game with a lot on the line and it does fit the bill. The same bet is as short as 4/6 elsewhere so once again SkyBet prove best price on this.

I’ve looked all around and have really struggled to find value in this game so this will be our only play.

Best Bets

Tottenham v RB Leipzig – Each team 1+ corner in each half and each team 10+ booking points (10/11 SkyBet)

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I was first interested in the betting industry by doing the odd coupon at 18 - when I’d see a team at odds I didn’t expect it sparked my curiosity as to why that was. I’d go and research everything around that club: form, team news, manager quotes, and try give my own price in an aim to out-do the bookies. I personally enjoy punting on the Football League and European competitions. I like to diversify what markets I bet on so sometimes it’s outrights, goals, player cards etc. The Football League angle comes from being an avid Bradford City fan which has its ups (reaching a League Cup final and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup) and its downs (The entirety of 2018). Hobbies of mine include playing football, cross country running, travelling and playing Football Manager.

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