RB Leipzig will look to cement their place at the top of Group G when they take on Lyon at the Red Bull Arena in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Die Roten Bullen is one of the youngest clubs around, having formed in 2009. However, in such a short span, they are already in their 2nd UCL campaign, the first one coming in the 2017/18 season.
However, the Bundesliga side failed to get out of the group stage then and is now looking to rectify that in this edition of the continental tournament. Under the tutelage of one of the best young managers around, Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig is a strong favorite to get out of Group G.Embed from Getty Images
They are in a group of death of their own with Benfica, Lyon and Zenit all formidable opponents in their own right. Thus, the win against Benfica proved to be a great start for the German side and they will now look to pick up all 3 points against Lyon in front of their fans.
Coming to Lyon, the French side is a regular in Europe over the past decade, be it the Champions League or the Europa League. This season, they are looking to make it to the knockouts once again, after losing to Barcelona in the round of 16 of the previous edition.Embed from Getty Images
Sylvinho’s side started their campaign on a dull note, drawing with Zenit in the opening game. Considering the relative difficulty of all the teams in the group, every match will prove vital for progression.
Thus, Lyon will be looking to get a result in Germany despite the many difficulties posed by Leipzig in this encounter.
In terms of team news, Patrick Schick and Kevin Kampl are expected to miss out for Leipzig due to minor ankle injury while new signing Luan Candido is yet to make his debut due to a thigh problem. Finally, Tyler Adams and June Hannes Wolf are long-term absentees for Nagelsmann while Marcel Halstenberg made his return to the pitch from a hip injury over the weekend.
Looking at Lyon, Sylvinho does not have any major concerns. Marcelo returned to the squad over the weekend after missing from action for around a month.
Team Form and RB Leipzig vs Lyon Prediction
In terms of form, Leipzig suffered their first defeat of the season across all competitions over the weekend, Schalke winning 3-1. However, Die Roten Bullen picked up 4 wins out of 4 in the Bundesliga and won their first UCL game as well.
The same cannot be said of Lyon, who are winless in their past 7 games, their worst run in 23 years. The French side won their first 2 league games of the season before picking up just 3 points from the subsequent 6 fixtures, winning and losing 3 apiece.
Thus, Leipzig come into the game in much better form and have home advantage as well. Meanwhile, Lyon is struggling to pick up a victory and this will see Nagelsmann’s side pick up a crucial win to continue their reign at the top of Group G.
RB Leipzig Predicted XI: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Orban, Halstenberg; Haidara, Demme; Sabitzer, Forsberg; Werner, Poulsen
Lyon Predicted XI: Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Kone; Reine-Adelaide, Mendes, Aouar; Traore, Dembele, Depay