By News Team
Last Updated: 19th February 2020
The Champions League round of 16 is underway and on Wednesday there are two more fixtures to get stuck into. Tottenham host RB Leipzig while Atalanta prepare to welcome Valencia.
It’s the first legs of each of the ties and we’ve taken a look at both games in order to run you through some of the standout bets on offer.
Spurs prepare for gritty game
This is going to be the first ever match between the two sides, with this clash also heralding the first time that Leipzig will have ever faced an English side in a competitive fixture. Meanwhile, Spurs are taking on a German outfit at this stage of the tournament for the second successive season after a 4-0 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund last year.
We forget just how far Spurs have come in such a short space of time. Finalists last summer, they have now made the knockout stages of Europe’s most elite competition for the last three years running, having previously only emerged out of the group stages once (2010/11).
Despite the German side making it to this stage for the very first time in their history, Spurs enter this fixture as narrow 7/4 underdogs with Leipzig 31/20. Realistically, it’s probably mostly on account of their fast-depleting squad. The injuries appear to just keep on coming for Jose Mourinho’s team, with Son Heung-min the most recent casualty, suffering a fractured arm in his side’s last outing. With Harry Kane still absent following an operation to repair a tear on his hamstring, they will have to source goals from elsewhere.
Lucas Moura grabbed an incredible hat-trick in last season’s semi-final and is Spurs’ joint-favourite along with Dele Alli at 29/20 for anytime goal scorer on Wednesday night.
Valencia to leave Italy empty-handed
It has been 13 years since Valencia made it past the round of 16 so they will be hoping to overcome an Atalanta side who are the first Champions League debutants to make it to the knockout stages of the competition since Leicester in 2016/17.
History isn’t on the visitors’ side, as they have never won an away game in the knockout stages of the tournament and, of those nine games, have only kept one clean sheet when registering a stalemate against Leeds in 2000/01. The odds are reflective of this, making Atalanta odds-on favourites at 8/13 to get the win on the night and Valencia at 24/5.
Should the Spanish outfit get onto the scoresheet in Bergamo then there’s a good chance that Rodrigo Moreno will be in and around the action. The Brazilian forward has scored or assisted four goals in five Champions League games this season, with two of each. He’s clearly tapping into a rich vein of form because that’s a better return than he produced in his previous 24 Champions League matches combined. At 29/10, it could prove fruitful to back the 28-year-old to score at any time.