Tip Liverpool - Leipzig
It is getting worse for Liverpool, after suffering their seventh loss in nine matches, and they will be hoping things get better when they return to Budapest to ‘host’ Leipzig in the Champions League. The Reds go to their Round of 16 Champions League return leg clash with Leipzig, leading 2-0 from the first leg. Ahead of the clash, Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to relegation threatened Fulham, which has left their title defence in tatters and here they can only try to save face. They have five wins only in the last 18 matches and are winless in the last eight matches when playing at home. If Anfield is suddenly jinxed, then the Reds will be glad this game is at the Puskas Arena, and they’ll be hoping the good run Champions League run comes to play. Liverpool have just one loss in seven Champions League matches. Manager Jurgen Klopp rested key players in the defeat to Fulham, including Sadio Mane, Fabinho and Trent Alexander (all who came on later) and Thiago Alcantara who was an unused substitute. They also had Diogo Jota up for 90 minutes after his return from injury.
Meanwhile, it was business as usual for Leipzig, who thumped Freiburg 3-0 in the Bundesliga, winning their fourth straight match since losing to Liverpool. They need at least a 2-0 win to have a chance in this competition and they’ve shown all the good signs. In their last four matches, they have three clean sheets and have scored 11 goals. In the four matches, Leipzig have had eight different scorers, showing the depth and strength in the team ahead of the Liverpool meet. They head to this game from three straight away wins, and all ending 3-0 in their favor. In the last 10 away matches, Leipzig have scored two or more goals in eight.
Key points Liverpool - Leipzig
Leipzig have won four straight games since losing to Liverpool in the first leg.
Leipzig have three clean sheets in the last four matches.
Liverpool have lost seven of their last nine matches.
Liverpool have lost just once in the last eight Champions League matches.
Leipzig have scored 11 goals in the last four matches.
Conclusion Liverpool - Leipzig
Liverpool have been in really bad shape lately and will need a big improvement to be able to handle Leipzig. The first leg was settled by two big errors from Leipzig but judging from their last four matches, they’ve learnt and rectified. They’ve been free scoring and will be well charged for this game against a Liverpool side that has failed to score in three of the last four matches. Back Leipzig for a win at 90 minutes.
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Liverpool Leipzig Prediction published on March 8, 2021