The defending champions Real Madrid will play host to a struggling Leipzig side on Wednesday as Matchday 2 in the Champions League continues. Here we have Real Madrid vs Leipzig kick-off time, team news, lineup, head-to-head, and prediction.
- Competition: UEFA Champions League 22/23
- Round: Group F, Matchday 2 of 6
- Date: Wednesday, 14 Sept.
- Kick-off Time: 7:00 pm GMT
- Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
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The 14-time European champions Real Madrid are on a perfect record this season. They swept away Celtic last week by 0-3 goals in Glasgow to begin defending their title.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won five out of five in La Liga. Despite Benzema being sidelined due to injury, they beat Mallorca by 4-1 goals in their last match.
On the other hand, the German outfits Leipzig have been struggling to find their feet this season. They put up a horror show to begin their European campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk, losing by 1-4 goals at home.
Moreover, they are 10th in the Bundesliga with 8 points from 6 matches. However, after sacking Domenico Tedesco, Leipzig is off to a good start under new boss Marco Rose. In their last match, they beat Dortmund by 3-0 goals at home.
Real Madrid vs Leipzig: Team News and Lineup
Karim Benzema and Eder Militao remain sidelined for this one. They were taken off due to knocks in their Champions League opener against Celtic. However, the injuries are nothing serious. Carlo Ancelotti expects them to return for the Madrid Derby on the weekend.
Lucas Vazquez is also unavailable. Alvaro Odriozola will replace the right-back.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius
Rose has to deal with some injury concerns. Lukas Klostermann and Dani Olmo are both out. Konrad Laimer will also be unavailable in the midfield due to an ankle injury.
Rose would not make too many changes from the side that beat Dortmund 3-0.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Gulacsi; Simakan, Orban, Diallo, Raum; Kampl, Schlager; Nkunku, Forsberg, Szoboszlai; Werner
It will be the first head-to-head meeting in competitive fixtures between Real Madrid and Leipzig.
Real Madrid vs Leipzig Prediction
Things won’t get easy for the new Leipzig boss Marco Rose against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu. However, they are coming off a 3-0 thumping win against Dortmund. It will give them a lot more momentum.
On the other hand, Real Madrid is continuing their perfect record even without Benzema. Vini, Valverde, and Rodrygo regularly find the back of the nets. We expect another powerful performance from the Spanish giants.
We Predict Real Madrid will continue their perfect run with a 2-0 goals victory.
Where to Watch
UK: BT Sport 4
India: Sony LIV
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