Manchester United welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, looking to build upon their heroics from their terrific start against PSG on the opening night of this season’s Champions League.
Manchester United marked their return to the Champions League in style, beating PSG 2-1 in Paris in their 2020/21 Champions League Group H opener. Goals from Fernandes and Rashford was enough to see off the Parisians whose goal came from a Martial own-goal.
They followed this up with a goalless draw at Old Trafford against Chelsea, to still leave them winless at home to start the season, having lost twice already to Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Against Chelsea, United were clearly the better team, with Chelsea’s new keeper Edouard Mendy pulling a string of saves to earn them a share of the spoils.
Another good result here will put United in a strong position to progress from the group but RB Leipzig will be a tough nut to crack.
RB Leipzig also got off to a perfect start in their Group H opener, winning 2-0 against Istanbul Basaksehir thanks to a double from Manchester City loanee Angelino to move top of the group on goal difference. Unlike United, they were able to follow this up with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin. That result took them to the top of the Bundesliga as well, a point clear of both Bayern and Dortmund.
It is worth mentioning that Julian Nagelsmann’s side made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season where they lost to PSG. They have not lost any game since then and confidence is high in the squad having put together 4 wins on the trot coming into this match.
United’s biggest issues have been at the back, particularly at the centre back position where the preferred partnership of Maguire and Lindelof lacks pace against quick forwards. However, since the embarrassing 6-1 home loss to Tottenham, Solskjaer has put particular emphasis on that end of the pitch and these efforts seem to be bearing fruit, as they have conceded just two goals in the three matches they have played since then. Leipzig have had no such issues themselves, keeping clean sheets in four of their last 5 matches. United often struggle to break down teams that defend in numbers. With this in mind, this game doesn’t seem to have much goals in it and we are backing Under 3.5 goals @ 1.46 with 1xBet as our first betting prediction.
United have a decent record at home against German sides. They are unbeaten in their last 10, with their last defeat coming against Bayern Munich back in 2001. Although Leipzig are playing well right now, a critical look at their fixtures shows a relatively light schedule. United have seemingly turned a corner and we fancy them to take the game to RB Leipzig. They have quality players within their ranks that can unlock the bullish Leipzig defence. We fancy United to Win or Draw the game @ 1.42 with 1xBet betting app as our final prediction for this tie.
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