Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Puskas Arena when Liverpool and Leipzig face each other in the Champions League last 16, return leg. The Reds did well to beat Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals, but given their form in the Premier League, home win should not be considered. Mohamed Salah has been struggling to find his goalscoring touch of late, and given Liverpool’s displays in back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Fulham, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Jurgen Klopp’s troops.
The likes of Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Matip, and Van Dijk remain sidelined with injuries. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are eager to overcome the two-goal deficit, and seeing that the game will be played behind closed doors, we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga side. Angelino is rated doubtful for the match, while Halstenberg, Laimer, Orban, and Szoboszlai are all sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
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.