In one of the matches of the first round of the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday 20 October, Leipzig will host Istanbul Bashakshehir – we offer you our forecast for this meeting.
Leipzig is a young football team that was founded only in 2009. Nevertheless, in her short history, she will take part in the Champions League for the third time. At the end of the last German championship, the team took third place and received a direct ticket to the group stage. I must say that the opponents were serious. In addition to Basaksehir, we will also have to play against PSG and Manchester United.
Note that the Germans have their own scores with the Parisians. In the last Champions League draw, it was PSG that became the stone that the bulls stumbled over. Leipzig played well in the group, after which they removed such teams as Tottenham and Atlético Madrid in the playoffs, but lost outright to PSG in the semifinals (0: 3). True, the format was only one match.
In the summer, Werner and Shik left the team, and Hwang, Serlot, Justin Kluivert who came in have not yet shown themselves. Nevertheless, the reserves at the disposal of the young and, of course, the talented head coach of Leipzig were enough to make a powerful start in the Bundesliga. The Bulls beat Mainz (3: 1), Schalke (4: 0) and Ausburg (2: 0) in four rounds, and also ended in a draw with Bayer (0: 0). With ten points scored, Leipzig tops the German championship standings.
Fabrice Hartmann is not ready to play in this match due to injury. Amadou Aydara went into quarantine.
For the Turkish club, the current European Cup season is historic – the team made its way to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time. And she did it on the third attempt. In the last draw of the Champions League, a little was not enough to enter the group. Olympiacos stood in the way of the Turks, leaving them behind in the third qualifying round, beating them twice (1: 0 and 2: 0). And the first attempt was back in the 2017/18 season, when they were kicked out of qualification by Sevilla.
This season, “Istanbul Basaksehir” did not tempt fate in the lottery, but having won first place in the last Turkish championship, it directly qualified for the group, where the rivals got one better than the other.
So far, the Turkish champion has not been able to surprise with anything in the Champions League, where in six previous matches he was able to win only one victory.
However, the beginning of the new season does not add optimism to the fans of the Turkish champion. In five rounds, “Istanbul Bashakshehir” pleased with only one victory, once drew and suffered three defeats.
The team has no losses. Everyone who got into the application for the Champions League is preparing to take part in the match.
Leipzig have lost only one of their last eight matches in the Champions League, earning five wins.
At home, Leipzig have lost only one of their last seven meetings in the Champions League.
In five of Leipzig’s previous seven home games in the Champions League, the forecast was “both to score”.
In six of the previous eight matches in the Champions League, the bulls have scored at least two goals.
Bashakshehir have scored in five of the six Champions League games.
In three away matches in the Champions League, Bashak drew twice and lost once.
The total under 3.5 bet has played in six of Leipzig’s seven previous home matches in the Champions League.
“Basaksehir” is the underdog in the group. Indeed, PSG, Manchester United, and Leipzig not only have a stronger line-up, but more experience in performing in a group. At the start of this season, the teams showed that they are in a different state. The Germans practically did not lose points in the Bundesliga, scoring regularly and a lot, which cannot be said about the start of “Istanbul” in the Turkish championship, the level of which is an order of magnitude lower than the Turkish one. In our opinion, the Germans will take three points here, having won by more than one goal difference.
Our prediction is the victory of Leipzig with a handicap (-1.5) for 1.86 in BC Winline