Round five of the Champions League group phase and we check in on the game played in Turkey that will be of particular interest to followers of Manchester United. Istanbul host RB Leipzig from 17:55 in Group H with the hosts sitting bottom of the table while their opponents are vying for a top-two finish and place in the knockout rounds.
Istanbul remain in the running
Istanbul are bottom of Group H with three points collected from their first four games in the competition. The Turkish side lost each of their opening two before pulling off a massive upset to defeat Man Utd on matchday three. That result will live long in the memory of supporters, but the Red Devils quickly claimed their revenge in the return.
The locals have now won one and lost three, scoring three goals but conceding nine. Despite their miserable starts, Istanbul enter this home match just three points behind PSG in second place meaning they still have everything to play for. Grab another victory here and things would get interesting for them in the final round.
Must win for Bulls
RB Leipzig make this trip one place higher in the charts than their opponents with three more points on the board. The Germans are third, but they are level on six points with second-wplaced PSG and just three behind current leaders Man Utd. The Bulls have a chance to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League and could do it as group winners.
Leipzig have lost two of their last three games at this level and were beaten in their most recent start when going down 1-0 in Paris. They bounced back to nick a hard-fought 2-1 win over Arminia in the Bundesliga on Saturday but know this is a must-win match if they are to trouble the two teams above them in their group.
Istanbul vs RB Leipzig prediction
Both teams know winning this match would throw them into contention for a place in the next round and that should make this an interesting 90 minutes. Victory here could take the pressure off on matchday six and both sides will believe they are good enough to get a result.
Champions League odds
Istanbul have been priced up at 7.3 to win this match with 22bet offering 1.41 on RB Leipzig to come away with the points. A draw is 4.82.
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