RB Leipzig take on the visitors Shakhtar Donetsk in the round 1 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 6th at Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
RB Leipzig are still quite young club, by German standards. But have already managed to accustom to the fact that they are one of the flagships of German football. Suffice it to recall how far the “bulls” climbed in the “coronavirus” 2020 year. In the last draw, however, they were 3rd in the group and struggled in the first half of domestic season. After Tedesco came, everything was fine and they even managed to finally take the cup, which was the first significant trophy for an ambitious team. However, after the break, Leipzig unexpectedly failed at the start of the new season. There were even rumors that the mentor could be fired even earlier than after a year in a new position. However, in the summer it turned out to finally win - Wolfsburg fell. Then RB Leipzig showed off in the cup, the opponent was very weak. And on Saturday in Frankfurt am Main, Eintracht brought the Bulls back to the ground, defeating them 4-0.
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Shakhtar Donetsk may have suffered the most (sportingly) due to the war in Ukraine. Rinat Akhmetov spared no expense for his brainchild. And the Pitmen's strong emphasis was on "pumping" talented legionnaires, especially the Brazilians. As a result, they gave European football such stars as Douglas Costa, Fernandinho, Willian. Now, of those foreigners that were in 2021, only Lassina Traore is in the team. And then he is after a serious injury, and it seems that he intends to just show class, and then leave. The mentor has also changed - De Zerbi left the project, and now he is coaching Jovicevic, who has been working with Ukrainian clubs for a long time. No, there are enough sensible local personnel: Trubin, Sudakov, Sikan, Bondar, Kornienko, considerable hopes for Mudrik. Experienced Krivtsov, Matvienko, Stepanenko are important. Petryak and Zubkov returned to their homeland with Mikhailichenko.
RB Leipzig will play against Shakhtar for the first time. But in general, the Pitmen play poorly in head-to-heads against Germans. Bookmakers naturally consider RB Leipzig as the unconditional favorite of the meeting. But, given the current results of the "bulls", it is worth choosing "total under 3.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 3.5 scored goals.