Champions League: Preview: RB Leipzig vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

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December 7, 2020

Manchester United will be looking to book their spot in the last-16 stage of the Champions League when they face RB Leipzig in Germany.

The English giants are level on nine points with both Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain in Group H and need to avoid defeat at the Red Bull Arena in order to progress to the knockout round.

Leipzig impressively reached the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League before losing to PSG, and are currently competing in just their third group-stage campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann‘s side started with a 2-0 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir but suffered a shock 5-0 defeat away to United.

There will be a third season-long UEFA men’s football club competition for the first time in more than 20 years next season.

Leipzig managed to recover with a 2-1 home win over PSG but then lost the reverse game in Paris.

The Red Bulls, who played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, would qualify for the knockout round if they beat United on Tuesday, although a draw would also be enough if PSG lost to Basaksehir in the section’s other match.

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Mukiele, Konate, Upamecano, Angelino; Sabitzer, Kampl; Haidara, Forsberg, Olmo; Poulsen

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Lindelof, Maguire, Tuanzebe; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Pogba, Telles; Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford

The group stage will start on October 20/21, 2020 with the final taking place in Istanbul on May 29, 2021.

August 8-11:Preliminary round
August 18/19: First qualifying round
August 25/26: Second qualifying round
September 15/16: Third qualifying round
September 22/23 & 29/30: Play-offs
October 20/21: Group stage matchday 1
October 27/28: Group stage matchday 2
November 3/4: Group stage matchday 3
November 24/25: Group stage matchday 4
December 1/2: Group stage matchday 5
December 8/9: Group stage matchday 6
February 16/17, 2021: Round of 16
April 6/14, 2021: Quarter-finals
April 17 & May 5, 2021: Semi-finals
May 29, 2021: Final

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