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RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool, Round of 16, UEFA Champions League 2020-21: MPL Fantasy Preview, Predictions, Probable XI

Match: RB Leipzig vs Liverpool (Round of 16)

Date: 17-Feb-2021

Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest 

Time: 01:30 AM (IST)

RB Leipzig vs Liverpool: Can Liverpool’s trio crash in-form Leipzig at their home?

We’re all aware what damage can Liverpool’s trio cause to any team. Salah, Mane & Firmino are all itching for a comeback after a humiliating home defeat against Manchester City. Leipzig will be looking for an opening in Liverpool and a similar strategy to Guardiola’s. 

Even though Leipzig doesn’t have the speed of Sterling, or the consistency of Gundogan, they’ve been playing some powerful football with an unbreakable defense. For now, RB Leipzig has the better defense. The entire team has a total of 914 interceptions and 33 blocks with Dayotchanculle Upamecano and Willi Orban heading the steel wall.  

Head to Head

RB Leipzig

Matches: 6 

Win: 4

Draw: 0

Lose: 2

Liverpool

Matches: 6 

Win: 4

Draw: 1

Lose: 1

Form guide

Leipzig: WWWLW

Position in Bundesliga: 2 

Liverpool: LLWWL

Position in Premier League: 4

Team News

Both squads are fit and there have been no news on injury from either side. Jurgen Klopp has clearly stated that Leipzig are not to be underestimated as it’s the same team that ended Manchester United’s run in UEFA last season. They’re just below Bayern Munich on the table and are a difficult team to face away from home. 

Player Form Guide  

Salah (Premier League – 20/21)

Total Minutes Played: 1948

Minutes Per Match: 89

Goals: 16

Shots: 73

Mane (Premier League – 20/21)

Total Minutes Played: 1807

Minutes Per Match: 90

Goals: 7

Shots: 61

Angelino (Bundesliga – 20/21)

Total Minutes Played: 1777

Minutes Per Match: 94

Goals: 4

Shots: 31

Predicted Lineups

Leipzig: Gulacsi; Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Kampl, Sabitzer (Captain), Angelino; Haidara, Olmo; Forsberg

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson (Captain), Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Key Player Matchups

Stat Credits: one-versus-one.com

Upamecano (yellow) vs. Salah (Blue)

Olmo vs Fabinho

Fantasy XI

Goalkeeper: Gulacsi

Gulacsi has been proving himself continuously in the Bundesliga. With Orban and Upamecano, Gulacsi gets impossible to get through. 

Defenders: Arnold, Robertson, Upamecano

Alexander Arnold and Robertson have been providing assists every match consistently. Not taking them would be a mistake. On the other hand, Upamecano looks difficult to get through as his interceptions and tackles are becoming cleaner by the minute.  

Midfielders: Angelino, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Olmo

There’s absolutely no comparison to Angelino. He has been consistently scoring goals in both: Bundesliga and Champions League. Olmo has been striking assists left and right. Wijnaldum and Thiago both have a similar playstyle, with Thiago playing outside the box and Wijnaldum inside. 

Attackers: Forsberg, Salah, Mane

Salah and Mane have been pretty consistent in scoring goals. While Forsberg has an exceptional record of moving past defenses with ease. 

Captain & Vice-Captain Selection

Angelino, Salah and Mane are top choices for captain. While for Vice Captain you can go with Angelino, Wijnaldum or Forsberg.

Also Read: Barcelona vs. PSG: MPL Fantasy Preview, Predictions, Probable XI

Gaurav Sangwanihttps://www.mpl.live/
Formerly a startup journalist, Gaurav now works as a Content Manager & Writer for Mobile Premier League. A non-fiction author with a flair for technology & games. Gaurav has also contributed hundreds of blogs for different media publications.

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