The home team needs three points to secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League when they welcome the Red Devils, and this is my RB Leipzig vs Manchester United Preview for that duel.
RB Leipzig Recent Form & Team News
Fresh off a 3-3 away draw at Bayern Munich that saw RB Leipzig take the lead twice, the German outfit will feel confident they can give Manchester United a better game than the 5-0 drubbing in the reverse fixture – Leipzig’s worst ever European result. Much rides on them successfully gaining revenge too, as only a win can guarantee they progress to the UEFA Champions League knockouts.
A 100% record at home in all competitions this term (W7) is exceptional form to bring into this clash, and includes Leipzig netting in both halves in six of those wins. More good news exists for the hosts as they won their only previous European home match against an English side – that was a 3-0 HT/FT win against Tottenham in March of this year.
Player to watch: Christopher Nkunku scored the opener against Bayern, and was Leipzig’s first scorer in their previous UCL home game.
Julian Nagelsmann will be without Benjamin Henrichs (Achilles tendon), Hee-Chan Hwang (Illness), Lukas Klostermann (knee), Konrad Laimer (knee), and Dayot Upamecano (suspension).
Manchester United Recent Form & Team News
Considering Leipzig’s 100% home record, and what’s at stake, any other season might have them as clear favourites here. However they face a Man United side that is breaking records away from home this term, and that’s won all five opening top-flight away games for the first time since 1985/86, doing so despite conceding the opener every time – an unheard of achievement in Premier League history.
Just a draw will guarantee Man United progress to the knockout stages, although that’s a result the three-time European champions haven’t registered in any of their last seven UCL away games (W4, L3). That includes a pair of 2-1 scorelines this term (W1, L1) which saw the winner on the day lead at HT.
Player to watch: Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute to score in United’s last away game, and netted a hat-trick from the bench in the reverse fixture.
Hot stat: United’s last eight UCL matches all saw the opener scored by the 25th minute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot count on Phil Jones (knee) and Fred (suspension), while Edinson Cavani (muscle), Anthony Martial (groin), Luke Shaw (thigh), and David de Gea (knee) are questionable to feature.
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