Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League last 16 will be at stake when Olympique Lyon and Leipzig face each other at Groupama Stadium on Tuesday evening. A win over the Bundesliga side will see les Gones make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition, while the Red Bulls would be happy with one point from the match. When the two teams met at Red Bull Arena in October Lyon defeated Leipzig 2-0, but the Ligue 1 club do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment.
Les Gones have been struggling in all competitions of late, and we do not believe that they are capable of recording yet another win over Julian Nagelsmann’s charges. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two sides, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007.
He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian.
Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
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.