One of the most interesting and enigmatic games of the entire UEFA Champions League this week is the one between RB Leipzig and Celtic. These two teams have been oscillating lately, and nobody can predict their form. It isn’t that they play badly or anything like that but simply have no consistency at all. Both sides play entertaining and appealing football, and the average fan enjoys observing their battles. Though in this particular case, a victory is a must for either unit, otherwise, a knockout stage would be just a dream.
RB Leipzig (-195) was ruthless against Bochum this Saturday, winning 4-0 at home. Throughout 90 minutes we haven’t seen the Bulls slowing down, constantly pressuring the rivals and creating chances. They needed something like this, especially following the international break, to boost morale and create a positive atmosphere following a tough stretch.
Prior to this battle, the Bulls lost four events in five, including the two UCL events. One was particularly striking, against Shakhtar in Leipzig, 1-4. During this negative interval, Leipzig scored one goal in all the losing games, while allowing 15 on the other end.
RB’s games are efficient, and that’s why we stated that the fans love watching this crew. Only two in the recent ten didn’t end with three or more hits, while three of five at home saw four or more hits.
Celtic (+450) started the season perfectly but got into trouble before the international break. It seems that a pause came at the best possible moment for the Hoops, who regrouped and managed to beat Motherwell in the first meeting following the break, 2-1.
The Scottish champs have just one point in two UCL games, as they lost at home against Real Madrid, 0-3, and played 1-1 with Shakhtar on the road. We need to stress out that Real broke the Hoops only in the second half and that the Scots deserved more from that one, the same as against the Ukrainian unit against whom they dominated most of the time.
The previous four games Celtic had ended with two or three goals, that is, a moderate efficiency.
Klosterman, Laimer, Dani Olmo, and Polsen won’t play in this game. They are out for some time, which is probably why RB isn’t posting better results.
Starfelt, McCarthy and Ideguchi are all out for this event on Celtic’s end.
Head to Head Games
In 2018 the two sides were in the Europa League group stage together and met twice. The first meeting was in Leipzig and the hosts won, 2-0, while the second at Celtic Part saw the hosts winning 2-0.
In our opinion, Nkunku and Werner will be too much for the guests, and we do expect to see RB winning. The dynamic duo scored all four goals against Bochum, a brace coming from each player, and they looked pretty lethal and willing to play. That’s why we bet on the hosts’ victory here, and the odds on that are currently at -195. For those who want more, go with RB covering a -1.5 spread.
Pick: RB Wins -195
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