The Champions League round of 16 second-leg begins tonight with some mouthwatering clashes and even with some set to be played behind closed doors, we doubt the action will be affected.
A wounded and demoralized Spurs side will be in Germany to face a Leipzig side looking to reach the last eight of a major European for just the second time, while Atalanta travels to Spain after a 4-1 hammering of Valencia in Italy.
We've made smart bets on each clash and here are those bets and why we've placed them.
🏆 Tottenham vs RB Leipzig
Jose Mourinho’s London side has to win this if they are to proceed to the quarterfinals, after falling to a narrow 1-0 home defeat against Leipzig three weeks ago.
The two sides have the ability to find the back of the net because if we look at the number of goals and shots on target this season, RB Leipzig has scored 56 goals so far and has 144 shots on goal and Spurs has 43 goals and 120 shots on target.
Steven Bergwijn has joined the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko on the injury table, leaving Spurs short of options heading into the game, and this has hugely affected their frontline.
Leipzig, on the other hand, has no problem upfront, with 21 goals Timo Werner and 8 goals Marcel Sabitzer fit for this clash.
Leipzig has enjoyed a remarkable run earlier in the campaign – scoring over 2.5 goals in nine consecutive Bundesliga games and with Werner and Sabitzer upfront, Spurs vulnerable defense will be exposed.
Leipzig possible XI:
Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Laimer, Sabitzer, Angelino; Werner, Schick, Nkunku.
Tottenham possible XI:
Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Lamela, Winks, Lo Celso, Sessegnon; Alli, Lucas.
🏆 Valencia vs Atalanta
One might argue that this tie was decided in the first leg after Atalanta beat the Spanish outfit 4-1, but we have seen crazy outcomes and comebacks in the game to not rule one out.
The two best players of Valencia are Maximiliano Gomez with 8 goals and Dani Parejo with 8 goals, while Atalanta boasts of Josip Ilicic with 15 goals and Luis Muriel with 13 goals.
If we look at the teams form in the league, Valencia has won one of its last six matches, lost three matches, and two matches ended in a draw. Atalanta, on the other side, has won five of its last six and drawn in one match.
The Los Che, especially with their home advantage nullified as this match is set to be played behind closed doors as a precautionary measure due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, has a tough task of overturning this result.
We, however, back both sides to score tonight, given that in its last 5 matches in the Champions League, Valencia has seen four in which both teams scored.
This is set to be a goal-fest too as Atalanta has seen over 2.5 goals in its last three away games in Champions League, while the home side has seen five matches with 3+ goals.
Valencia possible XI:
Domenech; Wass, Diakhaby, Gabriel, Gaya; Torres, Parejo, Kondogbia, Soler; Rodrigo, Gameiro.
Atalanta possible XI:
Gollini; Palomino, Caldara, Toloi; Gosens, Freuler, De Roon, Hateboer; Pasalic; Zapata, Ilicic.
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