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RB Leipzig team news and predicted XI vs Manchester City

All the latest from the Leipzig camp ahead of the clash


RB Leipzig face a tough test as they travel to the Etihad to take on an in-form Manchester City side, after the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie ended all square.

The German side held the Cityzens to a 1-1 draw in Germany, but must now seek to become the first side to beat them at the Etihad in 10 attempts, since Brentford managed it before the World Cup break.

Guardiola’s side are, understandably, favourites for the tie, but the Bulls have shown already that they should not be underestimated, and have plenty of players who could hurt the home side.

We take a look at how we expect them to line up, and the latest on the Leipzig injury front, below.

Predicted XI

Team News

Unlike the hosts, RB Leipzig come into the game at the Etihad with a few injury issues. Peter Gulasci continues to be sidelined, meaning that Oliver Blaswich will once again take his place in goal.

In midfield, Xaver Schlager, who started the first leg clash, is absent through injury, meaning that it will likely be a straight shoot-out between Kevin Kampl and Amadou Haidara for who partners Bayern-bound Konrad Laimer in the RB engine room.

Worse still, Chelsea-bound Christopher Nkunku is also sidelined, having come on in the second half of the first leg. The Frenchman picked up a hamstring in his side’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of March and is expected to be out until mid-April, ruling him out of this tie and plenty more massive clashes for Leipzig.

But, in more positive news for Dominic Tedesco’s side, Dani Olmo made his long-awaited return over the weekend, appearing for the final few minutes of their 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Though unlikely to start the game, the Spaniard could have a major impact from the substitute’s bench in the second half.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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