Atalanta vs Valencia
Atalanta host Valencia this evening in what looks set to be a very interesting draw. It is a match which both teams are likely to be happy with as they have avoided the competition’s bigger names, meaning they find themselves in a good position for qualifying for the next round which will provide the opportunity to test themselves against Europe’s elite.
Atalanta and Valencia are very evenly matched, though it could be argued the Spanish team is slightly higher in terms of quality with players such as Dani Parejo, Cheryshev, Guedes and Gameiro.
As with all knockout ties, the first leg will be very important for both teams, with Valencia hoping to score an all-important an away goal to give them some breathing space ahead of the return leg at the Mestalla.
Atalanta arrive at the match in good form, having not lost in the last five games; whilst Valencia have lost two and drawn one of their last three domestic matches. With a huge chance for both teams to progress to the quarter-finals, it’s a much which may encourage substance before style but one which is set to be an interesting contest.
Tottenham Hotspur vs RB Leipzig
Tonight’s match-up between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig is the first ever meeting between the two teams. The game comes at a time when Spurs have been playing some good football under Jose Mourinho, with a string of seven games without defeat, including two draws and five wins.
A recent 2-0 win over English giants Manchester City will give the north Londoners an important boost of morale and confidence going into the Champions League.
Mourinho’s squad will not be able to count on Moussa Sissoko or Harry Kane for the tie, with both players ruled out through injury.
The weekend’s Premier League action saw Spurs’ South Korean striker, Heung-Min Son, suffer an injury which means he will be out of the match and perhaps the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery after fracturing his arm against Aston Villa.
With only one win in their last five matches, RB Leipzig’s form going into the match is not as they would have liked and with no wins in their last four away matches in the league and cup competitions a win tonight would be seen as somewhat of an upset. Despite their poor recent form RB Leipzig is still in the hunt for the Bundesliga title alongside Bayern Munich.
Timo Werner´s form this season cannot be forgotten about, with 20 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga, as well as three goals in the Champions League.
With so much at stake at this point in the season the match is set to be full of pace and hopefully goals at a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.