UEFA Champions League PREVIEW | Celtic vs RB Leipzig

On Tuesday, RB Leipzig travel to Glasgow as they face Celtic in the rematch of the game last Wednesday. Die Roten Bullen currently sit third in Group F on three points while Celtic are fourth with one point.

Leipzig are coming off a rather uninspiring 1-1 draw with Mainz. Marco Rose’s side would concede before half time from Marcus Ingvartsen. They would then equalise in the 80th minute through Christopher Nkunku who has continued his form from last season, while the team itself has been inconsistent. The return fixture against Celtic resulted in a 3-1 win for RB Leipzig, who took the lead through Nkunku once again before Jota equalised. A Joe Hart mistake allowed Andre Silva to score his first before adding a second 13 minutes later.

Celtic currently sit top of the Scottish Premier League after beating St Johnstone 2-1. Celtic took the lead through an own goal before in the 93rd minute, St Johnstone equalised but then two minutes later Celtic would take the lead through Georgios Giakoumakis.

This is a must win game for Leipzig as the other game in the group sees Real Madrid face Shakhtar Donetsk. A win for Leipzig will take them into second with their two remaining games against Real and Shakhtar, while a draw will see them have to win their last two games with their next against Real, who may have qualified by then. A loss would see Celtic overtake Leipzig and would make it very difficult for the team to qualify into the Round of 16 and would mean they would have to potentially settle for a Europa League place.

During their previous meeting, Leipzig lost their captain and first choice goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi who will likely miss the rest of the season with a ACL injury, which prompted them to sign Orjan Nyland on a free transfer, previously of Ingolstadt. Leipzig will also be without Marcel Halstenberg.

Predicted Line-ups:


Hart – Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Welsh, Taylor – Haksabanovic, O’Riley, Hatate – Abada, Giakoumakis, Jota.

RB Leipzig:

Blaswich – Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum – Kampl, Schlager – Szoboszlai, Werner – Nkunku – Silva.

GGFN | Jack Meenan

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