Istanbul Basaksehir vs RB Leipzig
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
Group H is still in the midst of a closely-contested race for the qualification to the knockouts, and no single team has so far secured a comfortable lead – maybe except Manchester United. Still, the Red Devils could complicate life for themselves with a loss this game-week against Manchester United.
Anyhow, the Red Bulls, as well as Okan Buruk’s men are placed in the bottom-most two spots of the table, and they are under extreme pressure to perform in the final two match-days.
The Germans would hope for PSG to lose against United, and if they go on and post the three points against the Turks, Julian Nagelsmann’s men would improve their chances manifold to finish in the second spot.
Meanwhile, Buruk’s men have so far posted just three points on the board, and should they drop at least one point in the next two game weeks, their chances to qualify even for the Europa would be reduced.
In short, a win is a must for both these teams. However, the Red Bulls have been one of the best teams in recent times in Europe, had won the reverse fixture, and also come from a far better league than that of the Super Lig. Expect them to post the win this Wednesday.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs RB Leipzig: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Naglesmann’s men won the reverse fixture 2-0 at home, and this has been the sole match-up between these two squads. Thus, the Red Bulls have a 100% winning record in h2h encounters, and have not conceded a single goal in return as well.
- Buruk’s men were winless in three of their former games against other Bundesliga squads.
- Nagelsmann’s men have a 100% losing record against other Turkish teams. (Two losses against Benfica).
Istanbul Basaksehir vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
Buruk’s men had lost 4-1 on the road the last match-day, against Manchester United. In the meantime, the Red Bulls lost 1-0 on the road against PSG.
Moving on, the Turks are on a four-game winless run (three of which were losses), and they had conceded a total of 13 goals in the process. They were also winless in 13 of their preceding 19 overall match-ups.
On the other hand, their counterparts were semi-finalists of the previous edition of this competition, and they were also unbeaten in 11 of their preceding 14 fixtures. And the three losses during this stretch had come against Manchester United, PSG, and Monchengladbach – some of the best teams in Europe.
Likely, expect Leipzig to have the upper hand this Wednesday. Moreover, with Buruk’s men being desperate for a win – they would be forced to go after the German defense, and the in-form frontline of the guests would make use of this opportunity and score at least twice in the 90 minutes.
Istanbul Basaksehir vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
To Win: Leipzig @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Leipzig @ 1.40 (2/5).