Leipzig take on Man United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. It’s a must-win game for the hosts, who need a win to progress, while United just need to avoid defeat to qualify for the knockout stages.
Leipzig have had something of a mixed bag of results coming into this match, winning four, losing three and drawing two of their last nine matches. Their home form, however, has been imperious. Julian Nagelsmann’s team have won each of their last seven matches at home in all competitions. They have also been involved in goal fests in their last two, starting with a 4-3 win over Istanbul Basaksehir last week. At the weekend, they drew 3-3 away to Bayern Munich. Christopher Nkunku, Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg got on the scoresheet as they kept the gap at two points between themselves and the Bundesliga leaders. Leipzig have a number of injury absentees in Benjamin Henrichs, Hee-Chan Hwang, Lukas Klostermann, Konrad Laimer and Fabrice Hartmann.
Man United come into Tuesday’s vital match off the back of five wins in their last six matches in all competitions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are continuing to grind out results despite not always overly impressing in doing so. Away from home, they have won eight of their last nine matches. In their last three games, they have beaten Southampton, lost at home to PSG and defeated West Ham last time out. Despite falling 1-0 down in the first half, United bounced back and won 3-1 at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Man United will be without Fred due to suspension. David De Gea, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are injury doubts.
Just as the odds suggest, this is an incredibly tight match with a lot riding on it for both clubs. United have been extremely impressive away from home this season, while Leipzig have been outstanding when playing at home. With Leipzig preferring to play at home and United preferring to play away, I’m backing the draw in this match to take United through to the knockout stages.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 2.5 FT GOALS
SINGLE TIP : OVER 3 GOALS