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From the perspective of last season’s Bundesliga bronze medallists, this RB Leipzig predicted lineup vs Manchester City gives much cause for optimism. There is no lack of strength at either end, and with Lois Openda looking to repay his huge summer price tag, he could potentially give nightmares to the defenders that fell to Wolves at the weekend.
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Leipzig boss Marco Rose will be missing some important first-team players for this clash against the reigning European champions. The absentees include experienced centre-back Will Orban, who is ruled out till November with a knee injury. Amadou Haidara is also unavailable due to a muscle injury, as is prolific forward Dani Olmo.
El Chadaille Bitshiabu remains unavailable due to a long-term injury, while Timo Werner is also expected to miss this clash at the Red Bull Arena due to a back problem. But despite all these injuries, Leipzig have been flying high in the Bundesliga, and head into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten streak across all competitions.
Amongst those was a widely-expected UCL matchday one win vs BSC Young Boys.
RB Leipzig Predicted Lineup vs Manchester City
Janis Blaswich (GK), Benjamin Henrichs, Mohamed Simakan, Castello Lukeba, David Raum, Kevin Kampl, Xaver Schlager, Emil Forsberg, Xavi Simons, Yussef Poulsen, Lois Openda
RB Leipzig Predicted Lineup vs Manchester City – Our top three
Lois Openda – Purring Frenchman eager to rattle European champions
Openda has been in amazing form for Leipzig in his debut campaign, having plundered six goal contributions in as many Bundesliga games for them. The dangerous striker can be menacing with his unpredictable movement.
The Cityzens will respect his quality and Ruben Dias should look to neutralise his threat with strict marking. Openda has to be extra clever with his game and get into all the empty spaces to rattle the English side’s backline.
Xavi Simons – Explosive midfield magician looks to pull the strings
Like Openda, Xavi Simons has also been a terrific summer signing for the Bundesliga side. He’s the complete package with his impressive dribbling ability, tremendous vision and eye for goal. Simons faces a stern test against the aggressive and rugged Rodri, but this is the kind of game he wants to shine in.
The Dutchman will look to thrive in his free role to move around the attacking areas, linking up moves nicely and creating chances with his innovative passes. He’ll also look to get the ball into scoring areas and make life miserable for the visitors.
Emil Forsberg- Experienced midfield aims to create the goods
Emil Forsberg is like the wily old mentor in this young Leipzig squad and has adapted himself to be an admirable player for the club. He’s packed with a lot of creativity, which he’ll aim to use against the Cityzens.
He might be the special weapon for the Bundesliga side on this occasion, being able to thrive with the attention on the younger forwards. Forsberg can create big chances if given too much space, which he’ll aim to do to set up stuff for Openda & co and catch the Premier League side by surprise.
What can be expected from Benjamin Sesko?
RB Leipzig’s prized summer signing Benjamin Sesko has only started one game for them. He’s likely to be on the bench for this one, but Sesko can be a menacing impact substitute who thrives in scoring goals against tired defenders and can torment the English giants towards the end.
RB Leipzig vs Manchester City – The Final Word
RB Leipzig almost stunned Bayern Munich despite many injuries at the weekend, so they will be fancying their chances against a shaken Manchester City side. A win can be a perfect reward for their hard work under Marco Rose, but they’ll be determined to produce beautiful attacking football to prove themselves as one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe.
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