Preview: RB Leipzig and Lyon Fight for First in Group G

RB Leipzig take on Lyon at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday as the two battle it out for supremacy in an enthralling contest. While the former will look to cement a first-place finish in Group G, Lyon will look to join the German outfit in the round of 16 with a positive result at home.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side will be able to secure first place with a draw or victory in France. Lyon, on the other hand, boast seven points which is the same as Zenit St. Petersburg and three ahead of Benfica. A victory against Leipzig will see the French side clinch the top position, with qualification an eventuality if they draw and Benfica defeat Zenit. A defeat will see them eliminated from the competition. 

However, Lyon will be optimistic of success having triumphed against the German outfit on Matchday 2, which marked the first-ever clash between the two sides. Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier were the match-winners on the night with the help of two individual mistakes. Avoiding a similar result will certainly be of importance to Nagelsmann.

Die Roten Bullen have won both their away games in the group stage this season, which holds them in good stead for the contest. Timo Werner has flourished in front of goal and will look to make his presence felt yet again in this vital fixture. He has 19 goals and 9 assists in 21 games this season, with his three goal in the last two matches against Paderborn 07 and Hoffenheim making it 11 in 8.

With Leipzig winning seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, scoring 32 while only leaking just nine, this match will definitely be one worth tuning into.

Match Information

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Kick-off: 21:00 (CET)

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (capacity: 59,186)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Broadcasting: Sky Sport 2 (Germany), B/R Live (United States)

Head-to-Head

02.10.19: RB Leipzig 0-2 Lyon

Current Form

Lyon

Nice 2-1 (H) | Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 (A) | Strasbourg 1-2 (A) | Lille 0-1 (H) | Nimes 0-4 (A)

RB Leipzig

Hertha Berlin 2-4 (A) | Cologne 4-1 (H) | Benfica 2-2 (H) | Paderborn 2-3 (A)  | Hoffenheim 3-1 (H)

Team News

Lyon

Injured: Léo Dubois (knee), Youssouf Koné, Maxwell Cornet (calf), Ciprian Tătăruşanu (back)

RB Leipzig

Injured: Willi Orban (knee), Kevin Kampl (ankle), Ibrahima Konaté (muscle)

Predicted Line-ups

Lyon

Lopes – Tete, Anderson, Denayer, Rafael – Reine-Adélaïde, Mendes, Aouer – Traore, Dembélé, Depay. (4-3-3)

RB Leipzig

Gulácsi – Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Laimer, Demme – Sabitzer, Forsberg – Schick, Werner. (4-2-2-2)

Press Conference

Diego Demme: “We missed our chance to beat them at home in the previous fixture. Tomorrow we want to achieve this and make sure that we win the group. However it will certainly be a tough game because Lyon really need to win.”

Rudi Garcia: “I know Timo Werner well from playing against him in 2018. He’s fast and efficient but we must be wary of the whole RB Leipzig team. We will need every player at 100 per cent.”

Memphis Depay: “We know the importance of this game. We’ll have to give everything to qualify. It’s essential for the club. We’re building ourselves as a team and it’s the perfect chance to show our qualities.”

Score Prediction

Lyon 2-3 RB Leipzig

By Arnab Mukherji

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