RB Leipzig vs Liverpool Prediction, 2/16/2021 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: RB Leipzig vs Liverpool
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) in Leipzig, Germany
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: RB Leipzig (+190) Liverpool (+120)
Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) is the venue where Emil Forsberg and RB Leipzig (4-0-2 in Champions League) will play Liverpool (4-1-1 in Champions League) on Tuesday. The goalies expected to start will be Peter Gulacsi for RB Leipzig and Alisson for Liverpool. RB Leipzig are at +190 while Liverpool are at +120. The total is set at 3.
RB Leipzig faced Schalke 04 in their last matchup and walked away with a win by a score of 3-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended with a 86.2% passes received percentage by completing 519 of the 602 passing attempts last contest. RB Leipzig tried 19 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 10 of the attempts for a rate of 52.6%. Concerning shot accuracy, RB Leipzig ended this match at a 40.0% rate by putting 10 shots on target of 25 total shots. RB Leipzig is averaging 1.70 goals per 90 minutes (34 goals in total) and have accounted for 22 assists in all matches for the year.
Emil Forsberg is a guy who should be able to impact this match for RB Leipzig. Forsberg has been in the starting lineup in 249 matchups so far in his career and he has earned 0.32 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder hailing from Sweden has racked up 74 goals scored in 20,798 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 59 assists while tallying 13 yellow cards during his soccer career. Someone else who should impact this match is Yussuf Poulsen, the forward representing Denmark. He has assisted on a goal 30 times in his career while he has scored 61 goals. Poulsen has 15,817 minutes during 174 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 26 yellow card warnings. He averages 0.35 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for RB Leipzig will be Peter Gulacsi. Gulacsi (151-55-70 mark during his career) has accumulated 86 clean sheets, which has earned him a 31.2% clean sheet percentage. The goalie representing RB Leipzig has faced 1,107 shots attempted at him in 276 career starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.16 (317 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of 72.6. Gulacsi has defended the goal for 24,696 mins and has accumulated 797 saves in his career.
When they last played, Liverpool took a loss by a final score of 4-1 against Manchester City. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 585 of the 669 passes they tried for a percentage of 87.4%. Liverpool ended the game with a 38.9% successful dribble rate by connecting on 7 out of the 18 dribbles they pursued. Liverpool connected on 2 SoT out of their 7 shots tried giving them a 28.6% clip when they last took the field. Having accumulated 42 goals and 26 assists for all their games, Liverpool averages 1.83 goals and 1.13 assists per 90 min.
Sadio Mane will need to provide a spark for Liverpool. He is averaging 0.49 G/90 and has been a starter in 264 matches so far in his pro soccer career. The forward born in Senegal has accumulated 22,770 mins and has scored 123 goals. He has collected 42 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped on a goal 56 times. Make sure to watch out for Mohamed Salah, the forward taking the field for Liverpool. Salah has earned himself 9 yellow card cautions in 20,093 minutes played (225 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.60. He has accounted for 135 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 59 times.
Alisson will be residing in front of the net for Liverpool. Alisson has totaled 74 clean sheets while defending 365 shots against him in 14,349 mins throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 76.7 and his clean sheet rate is 46.0%. He has surrendered 0.75 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 104-33-24. During his career, Alisson has given up 92 goals and has racked up 278 saves in 161 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Liverpool (+120)
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