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Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Prediction & Match Preview

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10 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Parc des Princes

All eyes will be on Puskas Arena when Liverpool and Leipzig face each other in the Champions League last 16, return leg. 

The Reds did well to beat Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals, but given their form in the Premier League, home win should not be considered. 

Mohamed Salah has been struggling to find his goalscoring touch of late, and given Liverpool’s displays in back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Fulham, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Jurgen Klopp’s troops.

The likes of Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Matip, and Van Dijk remain sidelined with injuries. 

The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are eager to overcome the two-goal deficit, and seeing that the game will be played behind closed doors, we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga side. 

Angelino is rated doubtful for the match, while Halstenberg, Laimer, Orban, and Szoboszlai are all sidelined with injuries.

Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Liverpool RasenBallsport Leipzig played so far 1 matches.
Liverpool won 1 direct matches. RasenBallsport Leipzig won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Prediction

Liverpool in actual season average scored 2.00 goals per match. In 13 (65.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (45.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

RasenBallsport Leipzig average scored 1.94 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (76.47%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (58.82%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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Klopp made no fewer than seven changes to his side for the weekend match against Fulham, suggesting that he is eager to prioritise the Champions League now.

Of those, only Roberto Firmino and Ozan Kabak were left out through injury, but both could be back in time for Wednesday's match.

Klopp must decide whether or not the likes of Firmino and Sadio Mane should both return to the starting lineup given their underwhelming form of late, or whether Diogo Jota should keep his place in the XI.

Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored in the first leg, while the latter is now Liverpool's top scorer in the Champions League with 23 goals in 40 games.

Along with Firmino and Mane, the likes of Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara will be pushing for a recall.

Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all remain long-term absentees for Liverpool, while back-up goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is doubtful alongside Firmino and Kabak.

Naby Keita will be keen to start against his former club, while Leipzig boast a former Liverpool man in the shape of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

The German outfit could be without former Manchester City full-back Angelino, who has had a direct hand in six of Leipzig's 11 Champions League goals this season but has missed the last three matches with a thigh problem.

Marcel Sabitzer and Willi Orban are also doubts for Nagelsmann's side, while Marcel Halstenberg, Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai are all sidelined.

Emil Forsberg is now back fit after missing the first leg, though, and he could make his 50th European appearance.

Christopher Nkunku will be hoping to take his good domestic form into Europe, meanwhile, having scored four goals in his last six Bundesliga outings.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones; Jota, Salah, Mane

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Klostermann; Adams, Sabitzer, Kampl, Olmo, Angelino; Sorloth, Nkunku


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