- The game takes place in Hungary.
- RB has four straight victories.
- Liverpool lost three matches in a row.
Injury-shredded Liverpool takes on RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. They will try to snap a stretch of poor results and boost their morale a little bit against a team who is also experiencing some handicaps in there of injuries but also regarding the venue of play. Instead of meeting the Reds at their stadium in Leipzig, RB will play against them in Budapest due to COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed towards England by Germany.
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Schedule
- Where: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
- When: Tuesday, February 16, 3:00pm ET
- How to Watch: CBS
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Odds (Vegas)
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Preview
Bulls Win Four in a Row
RB was looking very good recently, beating four opponents in a row. They would first post a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, then defeat Bochum at home, 4-0, Schalke on the road, 0-3, and eventually, Augsburg, 2-1. As you can see, their defense has been excellent during this stretch.
The one thing that might cause troubles and take a hit on their chemistry is Dayot Upamecano’s deal with Bayern Munich, which has been announced this weekend. The strong defender will go to Munich at the end of the year, and knowing the rivalry between these two clubs, this could disrupt the relationship in the locker room.
RB has several players injured. Emil Forsberg and Daniel Szoboszlai are the top two names here, with these guys being the creative ones in RB’s lineup. Also, Laimer, Henrichs, and Hartmann’s absence is a big blow for Julian Nagelsmann, as these three guys are all members of the first-team.
Liverpool’s Nightmare not Ending
In five minutes, the Reds went from leading 0-1 in Leicester to losing 3-1 against the Foxes. This was the third straight defeat for the Reds, who experienced a shocker at home vs. Brighton, 0-1, then a humiliation against Man City also at Anfield, 1-4, before a knockout at Kings Power Stadium.
Their road matches are extremely interesting, with the last five all ending with over 3.5 goals, and not just that, but with both teams to score. This Liverpool looks like the one a few years ago, once they didn’t have a respectable defense. Truth to be told, things couldn’t be different for Jurgen Klopp’s side with all the injuries.
Check out the list of sidelined players – Van Dijk, Fabinho, Gomez, Matip, Milner, Jota, Davies, Origi, and Kelleher. This is half of the roster.
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Head to Head
This will be the first match between RB and Liverpool. The German team was founded recently, and they haven’t got a chance to record too many international games.
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Pick and Prediction
With Liverpool in its current state, and with all the problems they have, their win in Hungary is not realistic. Simply, RB is in a much better position, and it reasonable to think that the nominal hosts won’t lose Tuesday’s match. Therefore, a double chance here, RB, or a draw would be our final prediction.
- RB Leipzig or Draw