Liverpool and RB Leipzig will return to the Puskas Arena in Hungarian capital Budapest for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday, 10 March 2021.
The champions of England earned a comfortable 2-0 lead after the first leg three weeks ago, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both exposing RB Leipzig’s error-prone display in that game.
Liverpool Betting Preview
Liverpool’s nightmare continued at the weekend as the Reds suffered another devastating result at their Anfield, when Jurgen Klopp’s men lost 1-0 to a relegation-threatened Fulham side.
The Merseyside Reds are on a dire run of form, indeed, losing six of their last eight matches, with one of their two victories over that period coming against RB Leipzig though.
All in all, at their (once a fortress) Anfield, Liverpool are winless in eight, and have lost their last six matches since a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur on 16 December.
Losing six consecutive home matches for the first time since the club’s foundation in 1892, Jurgen Klopp’s men should be happy to travel abroad as they also take on RB Leipzig at neutral venue (due to travel restrictions between countries) and the German decided to rest some of his aces against Fulham on Sunday.
Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane have all come off the bench whereas Thiago Alcantara remained an unused substitute so they should be eager to return when Liverpool hope to revitalize their campaign.
Many people reasonably raised concerns over Liverpool’s defensive crisis earlier in the season but it’s the attack that’s notably missing as the Reds simply fail to outscore their opponents – something they’ve often managed to do earlier during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
Some of the aces have struggled badly and especially since the turn of the year, which coincided with Liverpool’s horrendous run of form. People often blame Mohamed Salah yet the Egyptian still is the Premier League goalscorer with 17 goals to his name, while Sadio Mane has just one goal in his last 900 Premier League minutes and Bobby Firmino has one goal in his last 754 Premier League minutes.
Jurgen Klopp remains without an injured quartet of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and skipper Jordan Henderson, while summer signing Ozan Kabak and Robert Firmino both missed Sunday’s defeat to Fulham through injuries and the pair will be assessed.
Should the aforementioned pair fail to recover from their knocks, then Nat Phillips is set to partner Fabinho at centre-back, while Diogo Jota will likely lead the line.
RB Leipzig Betting Preview
As a result of their winning streak and some wrong steps by Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich’s side, the Red Bulls continue to be the ones who can possibly challenge the Bavarians’ Bundesliga hegemony and were probably hoping to emerge top of the table after the weekend, when Bayern had to face rivals Borussia Dortmund.
In fact, Julian Nagelsmann’s side have overtaken the pole position for a while following their 3-0 win at Freiburg on Saturday afternoon. However, Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick inspired Bayern’s 4-2 comeback win over Dortmund and the Bavarians quickly regained the top spot.
Anyway, RB Leipzig should be brimming with confidence, having won eight of their last 9 games across all competitions and will be keen to expose Liverpool’s vulnerability that seems to be a massive cause of concern for the English side.
Versatile Konrad Laimer and winter arrival Dominik Szoboszlai are both ruled out of the trip to Hungary, whereas vice-captain Willi Orban and Angelino are doubts having missed the 3-0 win at Freiburg and Julian Nagelsmann will hope to have both available for selection here.
Captain Marcel Sabitzer missed the weekend’s Bundesliga round due to suspension and is set to return to the starting XI, while Norwegian forward Alexander Sorloth, who scored two goals in his last two Bundesliga appearances – more than he had previously scored in 20 league matches – should be given the nod over Yussuf Poulsen.
Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and RB Leipzig
Liverpool: Alisson – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Fabinho, Andy Robertson – Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones – Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Nordi Mukiele – Angelino, Dani Olmo, Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer, Tyler Adams – Christopher Nkunku, Alexander Sorloth. (3-5-2)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
The upcoming round of 16 tie at Puskas Arena is even more fascinating because it actually involves two German tacticians as Jurgen Klopp, whose name is linked to succeed Joachim Low at the Germany national team, against the most recognizable name of the new wave in German football – Julian Nagelsmann, who already became the youngest coach in history to lead a side in a Champions League semi-final when the 33-year-old led Leipzig to last season’s final four in Lisbon.
From 68 Premier League games unbeaten at Anfield, Liverpool have gone to losing six home games in a row – something that Jurgen Klopp will want to turn up against his ambitious counterpart Julian Nagelsmann.
RB Leipzig will, however, face an uphill task to secure a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals for a second year in a row. However, on the back of three straight-impressive 3-0 away victories, The Red Bulls will be confident of inflicting further misery upon this downtrodden Liverpool side.
Despite their dreadful run of form, Liverpool are still favored to win at +138 with BetOnline, while RB Leipzig’s chances to win the second leg are at +182. Meanwhile, a draw could be backed at +250, while if you believe that the German side have the ability to overturn Liverpool’s two-goal lead, you can get a juicy +550 on RB Leipzig to advance to the quarter-finals.
Spooky Express Free Play: RB Leipzig +182 @ BetOnline for 4/10 Units