Manchester United will be looking to make it two wins from two when they welcome German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
UEFA Champions League 2020/21
Date: Wednesday October, 28th
Venue: Old Trafford
United are still without a win at home after their first three games of the new season, but will take a lot of courage after they turned in a blinder against perennial Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain last time out in this competition.
The Red Devils might have been left frustrated with failing to pick up a first home victory in their weekend clash with Chelsea in the league, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer would not have asked for more from a side that gave it their all.
With a challenging run of fixtures against Arsenal, Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton following on from this one before the international break, the hosts will most probably want to keep the renewed vigour they’ve found since that awful loss to Tottenham.
Leipzig are also currently enjoying an impressive campaign, and top the Bundesliga standings by a point, one clear of both of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Bulls reached the semi-finals of this competition last season and will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stage this time yet, but they first have the task of avoiding defeat in Manchester.
That said, Julian Naglesmann’s side travel to Old Trafford, having picked up six wins from their last seven games across all competitions, a run which included four victories on the spin.
Wednesday will see the two clubs face off for the first time ever, and Leipzig did not even exist when United last lifted the Champions League in 2008.
Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all on the treatment table for United, but aside them Solksjaer will have a full squad to pick from here.
Amadou Haidara, Nordi Mukiele, Konrad Laimer and Lukas Klostermann are all missing for RB Leipzig leaving them short in defence.
Marcus Rashford has scored the last goal (past the hour mark) in each of his last six goalscoring appearances in the Champions League.
RB Leipzig have lost just one of their last nine games in this competition (W6, D2, L1), the loss coming in last season’s semi-final clash with group opponents, Paris Saint Germain.
Man United’s last five competitive games: WLWWD
Leipzig’s last five competitive games: DWWWW
With both sides likely to make changes to the sides that played Chelsea and Hertha Berlin on the weekend respectively, we expect to see a tough game here with both sides already in Group H’s driving seat.
United will be fired up after the heroics against group favourites PSG, but Leipzig are a well-oiled machine under Naglesmann and simply do not lie down for no one.
With that, one might be tempted to pick a draw from here but let’s rather oppose the goals market and bank on Under 2.5 goals to emerve, a market which is priced for odds of 11/10.