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Champions League • Group H Day 1
10/20/20 03:00 PM
Leipzig
Leipzig
2 - 0
Finished
45' : 2 - 0
Istanbul Basaksehir FK
Istanbul Basaksehir FK

Tip Leipzig - Istanbul Basaksehir FK

Istanbul Basaksehir are set to brush shoulders with the elite in European football after being drawn in Group H following their league triumph in Turkey last season. Their first assignment is an away game against German side RB Leipzig, who have started the season in fine fashion. Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 on Saturday to stay top of Bundesliga with 10 points and as they switch to the Champions League, a key target will be to get to the second round once again. This is just their third season in the Champions League and Leipzig have registered good improvement in the earlier two. After failing to get off their group in their debut season, they went all the way to the semis last season, only to lose to PSG. Leipzig are unbeaten in the five matches that have come after the defeat by PSG and have scored two goals or more in four of the five matches while keeping three clean sheets. Yussuf Poulsen, Jose Angelino and Emil Forsberg have been key for Leipzig. They have scored a combined seven goals in the last five matches and will still be crucial in this game. Daniel Olmo has also established himself well in the team and has had three assists in the last four matches and will be key here. In the Champions League, Leipzig have lost just once in the last eight matches, winning five. They have scored two or more goals in six of the eight and six have ended in over 2.5 goals.

On the other hand, Basaksehir are getting their bow in the Champions League group stage after winning the Turkish league last season. They managed to squeeze through to the knockout stages of the Europa League last season but here the standards are much higher and opposition tougher. It hasn’t been a very good start to the season for them; they lost three straight opening games only to recover ahead of this game with a 0-0 draw with Goztepe and a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor. That win was the first time this season that they have managed to score and it also marked their second straight clean sheet. Playing away from home has also not offered the best experience for Basaksehir; in their last six, they have lost five. Their previous experience in the Champions League came in the qualifying rounds, playing five matches and winning just one. They actually have no win in the last four, losing three and drawing one, while failing to score in the last two.

Key points Leipzig - Istanbul Basaksehir FK

  • Basaksehir have lost five of their last six away matches

  • Basaksehir have scored in just one of their last five matches.

  • Six of Leipzig’s last eight Champions League matches have produced over 2.5 goals

  • Leipzig are unbeaten in their last five matches.

  • Basaksehir have no win in their last four Champions League matches.

Conclusion Leipzig - Istanbul Basaksehir FK

Leipzig will definitely be the favorites here; they are playing at home, where they have won both their matches this season, and they have the better run in Europe – five wins in eight. Istanbul Basaksehir have had a tough start to the season and this is definitely not the game they’d have wanted as they start their recovery. They have failed to score in four of their last five matches and we won’t pin a lot of hope on them scoring against one of the best defences in Europe. Leipzig have two straight clean sheets and three in the last five matches, while they have scored two or more in four of their last five. With a poor scoring record, we don’t see the visitors troubling Leipzig and thus we will go with a 2-0 win for the home side.

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Leipzig Istanbul Basaksehir FK Prediction published on October 18, 2020

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