Preview: RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge – prediction, team news, lineups
Two teams still seeking their first 2021-22 Champions League victory prepare for battle at Red Bull Arena when RB Leipzig host Club Brugge on Tuesday in Group A. RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge stream, RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge h2h, RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge live stream, RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge where to watch, RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge channel, RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge today.
The hosts were humiliated by Manchester City 6-3 on matchday one, while their Belgian opponents managed to hold Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw at home.
RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge Match preview
After opening his Bundesliga season with three defeats out of four, RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch admitted that his team may not have been ready to go head-to-head with Manchester City in the Champions League, and fears of the American were tested in the first week of the game.
Christopher Nkunku may have pulled off an eye-catching hat-trick at the Etihad, but six different scorers on the host end saw Man City take 6-3 winners during an exciting adventure, but since then the Bundesliga team has scored six. goals on the correct end of the field over the course of 90 minutes.
Hertha Berlin visited Red Bull Arena in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash only to receive a soccer lesson from Marsch’s team, which saw Nkunku take a double while Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Amadou Haidara, and Nordi Mukiele also participated. on the spot in a 6-0 victory.
Having emphatically managed to end a four-match winless streak in all competitions, Leipzig will now look to reverse their fortunes in the Champions League, as they have lost their last three in the competition and have conceded 15 in their last five European meetings.
However, the German team managed to win all three of their home games in the group stage last season, which includes two notable victories over PSG and Manchester United, but Brugge are a side buoyed by a recent memorable result of their own.
With Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar starting together for the first time in PSG colors, Brugge was expected to become the first victims of a festival of dark blue goals from three globally feared attackers, let alone all in the same team.
However, an unlikely source in Ander Herrera would open the scoring at Jan-Breydel-Stadion with 15 minutes left, but with Mauricio Pochettino’s famous three forwards struggling to live up to expectations, Bruges rescued a point. through Captain Hans Vanaken.
While it would be extremely tough to label Philippe Clement’s team as the spanking boys in Group A, Brugge was always expected to finish fourth in a group with PSG, Leipzig, and Manchester City, but a meritorious opening point has certainly spun. some heads.
Since drawing the Ligue 1 leaders, Bruges have added four points in their next two league games (beating Sporting Charleroi 1-0 before drawing 1-1 with OH Leuven on Friday night), but have only won one of his last six. away games in the Champions League.
Tuesday’s game will mark the first time Leipzig and Bruges have met in any competition, but the Belgian giants travel to Germany on a 10-game winless streak against teams from the nation, losing seven and drawing three of those encounters.
Leipzig winger Angelino saw red at Etihad against his former club and will serve a suspension this week, so Dominik Szoboszlai could appear on the left in a 3-4-2-1 as Forsberg continues on.
Marcel Halstenberg’s ankle injury is expected to keep him out until November, and Marsch’s defensive ranks have also taken a hit after 19-year-old Josko Gvardiol was injured against Hertha, causing Mohamed Simakan could start on Tuesday.
The creative axis Dani Olmo has suffered a small muscle tear and joins Tyler Adams on the bench, while Andre Silva has a lot of work to displace Poulsen at the top of the attack.
As for Bruges, captain Ruud Vormer faces a race to get fit in time for Tuesday’s game after missing the draw with Leuven, but the 33-year-old is progressing well in training due to problems at the Achilles tendon.
New signing José Izquierdo has yet to make his club debut, and Clement doesn’t expect the former Brighton & Hove Albion player to return for several weeks.
The very XI of his tie with PSG took the field for another 1-1 draw with Leuven on Friday, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Clement keep faith in the same contingent of players here.
RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Klostermann, Simakan, Orban; Mukiele, Kampl, Haidara, Szoboszlai; Nkunku, Forsberg; Poulsen
Club Brugge possible starting lineup:
Mignolet; Mata, Hendry, Nsoki, Sobol; Sowah, Balanta, Rits, Lang; Vanaken; De Ketelaere