Best Odds: 14/5
The hectic nature of European football this season means that we are once again gearing up for another week of UEFA Champions League action. We’re into the final matchday of the group. stage now and while many groups already seem to have a clear direction in terms of who will qualify, the same cannot be said for Group H. Today, we’re going to preview the impending clash between two sides that are separated by two places and goal difference – RB Leipzig and Manchester United.
RB Leipzig are slowly flying under the radar both domestically and in the UCL, but as they’ve been able to prove against Bayern Munich and Istanbul Basaksehir in recent weeks, they’re starting to really improve as the season goes on – which is vital heading into this game. They’ve got the talent necessary to cause United problems going forward and defensively speaking, they have a handful of names that will continue to be sought after in the next few transfer windows.
Upamecano is going to be the biggest miss of all here as he will be absent through suspension. There are also a handful of injuries the hosts will need to deal with in the form of Laimer, Klostermann and Henrichs.
Even though the majority of neutrals would say Manchester United are still far from the finished product, their last few results seem to indicate that they’re starting to rediscover their consistency. Of course, they’ve been unable to make that last more often than not and they’ll need to address that moving forward, but they know that all they need to do on Tuesday is avoid defeat in Germany and they’ll edge their way out of the group stage – although, that’ll be easier said than done against a team like Leipzig.
Fred is suspended after his disasterclass against PSG with Bailly and Cavani both being injury doubts. Elsewhere, Shaw and Martial have ben ruled out with many wondering how Ole is going to set up for a game where he simply needs to avoid defeat to secure qualification.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in October, Man United beat Leipzig 5-0.
- Leipzig have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
- Man United have won five and lost one of their last six games.
- Leipzig have scored 13 goals and conceded nine in their last six games.
- Man United have scored 15 goals and conceded eight in their last six games.
This is going to be the definition of a tense encounter and while United have crumbled in those situations in the Premier League, they’ve had a few bright moments in Europe under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. We’re expecting Leipzig to take the lead and control most of the game but as things progress, the Red Devils will begin to work their way back into it – and they’ll score a late equaliser that’ll take them through to the Round of 16.
Best Odds: 14/5
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