We’re back for some soccer predictions, lads! Another week, another set of Champions League matches to examine. Liverpool vs. Leipzig betting predictions seem to be on everyone’s minds these days… and I think I know the reasoning behind the trend.
For now, let’s go with our usual flow and start dissecting both teams, starting with the fallen Premier League champions, Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Awful Home Record
Liverpool continues to break records following a splendid run last season. However, this time around, we’re not talking about good records. We’re talking about something terrible here – Liverpool have extended their poor Anfield track record to six matches in total. Yep, six consecutive home league defeats. I bet Klopp’s happy they’re playing the second leg against Leipzig on neutral turf, the gorgeous Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
Budapest awaits… ⏳ pic.twitter.com/9ITMYGBEBY
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 9, 2021
There’s something we haven’t mentioned yet; something that bears massive importance for our Liverpool vs. Leipzig predictions. Of course, that’s the first leg result. Klopp’s men reached an astonishing result against RB Leipzig, despite being on a three-match losing streak. They’re in a similar situation now… but is it possible we see a totally different outcome tomorrow?
Well, let’s find out!
One thing is certain, Liverpool’s key players are the healthy ones. Klopp’s team has been absolutely hammered down with injuries, with the list containing pretty much his entire defensive line. Let’s face it, those injuries are the reason why Liverpool is having the worst imaginable title defense race.
Gomez, Henderson, Matip, Van Dijk – plenty of defensive power is still out for Klopp’s side. Firmino and the new signing Kabak are under a big question mark following knee and hip injuries. The Turkish defender is likely to start, though the same can’t be said about the Brazilian midfield magician.
In terms of healthy players, Leipzig’s defensive line will have to keep a tight marking on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian King has scored seventeen goals this season, knocking in three assists as well. Thiago is likely to be Liverpool’s midfield catalyst tomorrow. The Spaniard has a tough task ahead of him, but knowing his qualities, nothing is impossible!
How will Klopp come into this match? Is he going to set up an attacking game plan, hoping to score one goal that’d basically cement their position? Well, to be honest, the alternative would be to defend and one quick look at the injury list solves the equation right away.
If they score a goal, it’s pretty much game over for Rb Leipzig… unless they can pull off a Barcelona.
In-Form Leipzig Hoping for Next Round
Leipzig is currently the second team in Bundesliga, just one point away from the leaders, Bayern Munich. They have six consecutive domestic league wins, with the only loss in the last nine matches coming from Liverpool in the first leg.
Nagelsmann’s men are the underdogs coming into this match, but their great form will prompt high expectations for everyone involved. We can rest assured they’ll give their 120% tomorrow, and that’s what makes them such a strong side.
Klopp is ready for a proper fight, no doubt about that! The only question is, can the remains of his team deliver another astonishing performance worthy of that in the first leg? That’s the key question behind our Liverpool vs. Leipzig betting predictions!
RB Leipzig loves scoring goals. Fifteen of their players have scored at least one goal this season; make that nine if we’re only counting players who’ve scored three or more goals thus far. The 23-year-old attack-minded midfielder, Christopher Nkunku, is leading the charge with six goals and four assists. He’s been their triple MOTM winner, and currently stands as the best-rated player, according to whoscored.
Once we find out the starting lineups and subs, you can expect the odds to massively change one way or the other, depending on how many (if any) of these players are included.
What can we expect from Nagelsmann’s tactics tomorrow? Is he going to deploy his standard 4-2-3-1, or the good old 4-3-3 he went with in the first leg? Well, I honestly think he’s going to stick with 4-3-3 because his team wasn’t playing that poorly in the first leg. He might switch things up a bit in the second half, should the score be level at halftime. Something like 3-5-2 aggression is what I’m thinking of here, just like what they deployed against Freiburg last weekend.
Liverpool vs. Leipzig Betting Predictions
Is it finally time to wrap everything up and bring forth the concrete Liverpool vs. Leipzig picks? Well, I mean, if you’re ready – I’m ready too!
Woah, woah, woah… we’re really talking about Leipzig winning against Liverpool here? Have I gone crazy; am I aware that they’re not playing the match on Anfield?
No, I am not crazy (at least not crazier than usual); and yes, I am aware of the fact the match is scheduled to be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Well, in my eyes, they are the favorites here. Liverpool is once again in a very tough position following two more losses since the first leg. Leipzig, on the other hand, have played and won four matches since then. They’ve conceded just two goals and scored eleven.
Even with all that take into account, I don’t advise following this bet through if neither Angelino, Orban, or Sabitzer are on tomorrow’s team sheet. If all three of them are present, I might even opt for Leipzig to qualify at +500… though that’s way too far of a stretch in normal circumstances.