Champions League Group H football comes from Germany on Tuesday evening as Bundesliga side RB Leipzig play host to opponents Istanbul from Basaksehir from 20:00 GMT. With PSG and Manchester United also involved in the pool, it’s possible both teams in this game will be left to scrap it out for third place and the consolation of Europa League football. If Bulls are to reach the knockout stages, they must get off to a winning start.
Bulls rage into pole position
RB Leipzig were one of the pre-season favourites to challenge Bayern Munich’s dominance of the German Bundesliga and the home team have started well, shooting into pole position. The locals sent out a message of intent by winning three and drawing one of their opening four games, scoring ten goals and conceding just two in the process. Having hit the front of the pack it’s expected they’ll take some shifting.
Bulls will want to carry their domestic form into this Champions League campaign, and they take plenty of encouragement from their most recent outing. Leipzig were last seen scoring a comfortable 2-0 win over Augsburg away from home on Saturday. They collected all three points thanks to goals from Angelino and Poulsen, hitting the net either side of the half-time break. There’s no reason why they can’t continue their winning ways.
Istanbul in the relegation zone
Istanbul join us from the Turkish Super Lig table where they have endured a nightmare start to the season and are miles off the pace set by the likes of Alanyaspor and Antalyaspor who have surged to the front. The visiting team are down in the bottom four relegation places with their stats so far showing one win, one draw and three defeats with only two goals scored.
Fans of the club haven’t had too much to shout about in recent times, but the visitors do appear to be heading in the right direction and have recovered to go unbeaten in their last two. That turnaround began with a hard-earned draw before grabbing their first win of the season in their most recent league game.
RB Leipzig vs Istanbul prediction
RB Leipzig head into this game in strong form and have the quality needed to win this game and challenge for qualification to the knockout stages. Istanbul must show a drastic improvement if they are to have any chance of beating the Bulls.
Champions League odds
RB Leipzig are 1.225 to win with Istanbul 11.5 and the draw 6.6 at 22bet.
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