Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Leipzig will be looking to climb to top two in Group H when they take on Istanbul Basaksehir in the Turkish capital on Wednesday evening. The Red Bulls suffered a 1-0 loss to PSG at Parc des Princes in their last group game, but their display was anything but poor. The Bundesliga side are seen as favourites to win Wednesday’s clash, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Istanbul Basaksehir.
The likes of Hartmann, Henrichs, Laimer, and Klosterman are sidelined with injury, while Korea international Hwang Hee-Chan has been tested positive for coronavirus. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Leipzig key players are likely to start the match. Istanbul Basaksehir experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Manchester United, and they are unlikely to grab something from the Leipzig clash. Caicara and Crivelli are injured, while Aleksic misses the game through illness.
Highlighted Player (Martin Skrtel):
Martin Skrtel is without a doubt one of Slovakia’s most famous footballers and with over 80 appearances for the national team, he is also one of their most capped players. Following a bright start to his career at Trencin, the powerful defender secured a move to Zenit, where he would go on to spend next three and a half years.
But, it was the £6.5 million transfer to Liverpool in January 2008 that put him on the map and ensured he would be remembered by football fans everywhere. Known for his uncompromising style of play that often got him into trouble, Skrtel enjoyed some success at Anfield, and even though major titles eluded him and his teammates, the centre-back scored in the 2011/2012 League Cup final to help the Reds lift the coveted trophy.
The Slovakian defender has so far made over 240 Premier League appearances for one of England’s most famous clubs and he has also been a real rock at the back for the Slovakian national team. Skrtel has missed very few competitive matches for his country after making his debut back in 2004, and he started four fixtures at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 as 3rd. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons.
Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 round in the 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954.
Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.