2019-20 UEFA Champions League – Benfica vs RB Leipzig Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Benfica vs RB Leipzig kick off? Tuesday 17th September, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Benfica vs RB Leipzig being played? Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

What are the expected weather conditions for Benfica vs RB Leipzig? Cloud, 19c

What TV channel is Benfica vs RB Leipzig on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to UEFA Champions League matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Benfica vs RB Leipzig in the UK? Subscribers can stream the match live on the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Benfica vs RB Leipzig?

Benfica – https://www.slbenfica.pt/pt-pt/loja/bilhetes/jogos

RB Leipzig – https://www.dierotenbullen.com/de/tickets/tickets-kaufen/tageskarten.html

What was the score in the last meeting between Benfica & RB Leipzig? RB Leipzig 2-0 Benfica

THE TEAM NEWS

BENFICA

  • Benfica come into this match in good spirits after winning five of their six games this season and conceding just two goals in the process.
  • Their good form has come despite missing various players through injury with as many as seven potentially ruled out right now.
  • Taarabt has been playing in a central midfield role in recent games but Bruno Lage may be tempted to bring Samaris into that position here.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Vlachodimos; Andre Almeida, Ruben Dias, Francisco Ferreira, Alex Grimaldo; Pizzi, Florentino Luis, Taarabt, Rafa Silva; Raul de Tomas, Seferovic

Unavailable: Ebuehi (Injured), Conti (Injured), Gedson Fernandes (Injured), Carlos Vinicius (Injured), David Tavares (Injured), Chiquinho (Injured)

Doubtful: Gabriel (Injured)

RB LEIPZIG

  • Leipzig's winning start to the season was halted at the weekend albeit to Bayern Munich and they sit top of the Bundesliga after four games.
  • Boss Julian Nagelsman continues to switch between a back three and four, but he may revert to an orthodox 4-4-2 to face Benfica here.
  • Kampl missed the game at the weekend but he is expected to make the squad here and he is competing with Nkunku for a starting spot.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Gulacsi; Klostermann, Konate, Orban, Halstenberg; Sabitzer, Laimer, Demme, Forsberg; Werner, Poulsen

Unavailable: Wolf (Injured), Ilsanker (Ineligible), Adams (Injured), Kampl (Injured), Schick (Injured)

Doubtful: Upamecano (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Both of these sides have made an excellent start to their respective seasons and this promises to be a fascinating affair. RB Leipzig's Champions League matches have been relatively open affairs in the past, and this has all the makings of another entertaining match with goals at both ends.

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