RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Predictions
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- RB Leipzig have won their last four competitive matches.
- Liverpool have lost five of their last eight games in all competitions.
- Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last six matches.
Reds set to struggle in Budapest
Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage of the first leg of this Champions League tie being played on neutral territory, but their recent collapse suggests they could be in for a difficult time against a RB Leipzig side in excellent shape.
The Germans may have to relinquish their home advantage and travel to Budapest, but they head into this first leg on a four match winning streak and have cemented their position as Bayern Munich’s main competitors in the Bundesliga title race.
Indeed, Leipzig’s shock 5-0 demolition at Old Trafford back in October seems an awful long time ago now. Since then they have lost just four competitive games, including Champions League wins over PSG and Manchester United.
Liverpool collapse sparks concern
Liverpool’s season has undergone a somewhat more unwelcome transformation in this period. RB Leipzig’s thrashing in Manchester came in the midst of a five match winning streak for Liverpool, but since that ended the reigning Premier League champions have won just eight of their 22 competitive matches and head into this game on the back of three straight defeats.
Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t won more than two consecutive games since that winning streak ended in November and they find themselves some 13 points off the pace in the title race.
Leipzig good value for first leg success
Injury problems continue to torment Klopp and, after losing five of their last seven matches in all competitions, backing the in form Leipzig to take a first leg lead looks sensational value.
There is a slight silver lining to the cloud hanging over Anfield though, and that is the return to scoring form of their top attackers. They have failed to score in just one of their last six games, so a repeat of RB Leipzig’s 2-1 win at the weekend looks a solid choice for our correct score prediction.
RB Leipzig injuries and team news
Ibrahima Konate returned from injury at the weekend while Justin Kluivert made the bench, and both could get their chance to impress on Tuesday.
However, Konrad Laimer, Benjamin Heinrichs and Emil Forsberg are all doubts, while January signing Dominik Szoboszlai is ruled out.
Liverpool injuries and team news
The defensive problems continue for Liverpool, with James Milner forced off early against Leicester and Fabinho also a doubt. They could join Naby Keita, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota and Joe Gomez on the sidelines here.
Jordan Henderson could be pushed back into the centre of defence after Ozan Kabak’s struggles at the weekend, making for a midfield three of Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago and Curtis Jones.