In their first Champions League appearance, Leipzig host Besiktas on Wednesday, December 6, in a match for the sixth and final round of the group stage of the 2017/2018 season. Starting at 17:45 (GMT), the confrontation takes place at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.
The Turks are guaranteed the next stage. They added 11 points and secured the first place in group G. The Germans fight for the second wave with Porto. Both have seven points. Monaco, with two, is out.
The recent performance of Leipzig
Only victory is not enough for Leipzig. As the first tiebreaker is the right match, the German team is at a disadvantage if it has the same Porto score. Thus, in addition to beating Besiktas, who are undefeated in the competition with three wins and two draws, he must hope that the Portuguese will not defeat Monaco in Porto.
There is even the possibility of classification with a draw. In this case, however, Leipzig would need to have a Monaco victory in Portugal to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The last game before the definition of his situation in the continental tournament was not the most encouraging. On Saturday, December 2, as a visitor, Leipzig were thrashed by Hoffenheim. It took 4 to 0 and saw the distance that separates it from Bayern, leader of the German Championship, increase to six points. While the rivals beat Hannover 3-1, the Red Bull team of team-mates stayed in the 26 points (eight wins, two draws and four losses).
After feeling the Bundesliga season’s previous season by securing the runners-up, he has struggled to manage the cast on two fronts. This, however, should follow in the second half of the season. Even if they can not advance to the knockout phase of the Champions League, Leipzig can play in the Europa League in the second half.
To face Besiktas on Wednesday, Austrian coach Ralph Hasenhutti has only one problem of injury. Midfielder Marcel Sabitzer (11 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, two goals) is in the infirmary. He recovers from a shoulder injury. He has been out of the last two games and depends on a new evaluation to see if he can play against the Turks.
The current form of Besiktas
Besiktas can be described as the biggest surprise of the group stage of the Champions League. He was ranked fourth in Group G. Not only did he qualify ahead of time as he secured the first place without needing the result of the final day.
On Saturday, December 2, he achieved an expressive result locally. In the classic against Galatarasay by the Turkish Championship thrashed 3 to 0 widening to 11 their series of matches without defeats. Not a spectacular list. There were five wins and six draws in the period.
It’s enough to keep the team in the Turkish Superleague title fight. With 26 points (seven wins, five draws and two losses), he is fourth. They are four points less than Basaksehir, leader.
The tight dispute over the local title may cause coach Senol Gunes to choose to preserve some athletes from Wednesday’s match since the team has an away match against Kayserispor scheduled for next Monday, December 10 .
Gunes has practically all the cast at his disposal. It does not face problems of injury or suspension with players considered headlines. They are injured only by defender Ating Nukan and midfielder Gokhan Tore, who are casting athletes.
History of the bouts between Leipzig and Besiktas
The first round match of the 2017/2018 Champions League was the first in the history between the teams. The Turks, at home, won 2-0.
Usually daring and offensive, Leipzig should start from the start. Not only because he needs the victory to qualify, but also aiming to respond in the face of the defeat suffered in the German Championship. It is difficult to imagine that the Besiktas, with the mission already fulfilled, will impose great resistance. So the hunch at home owners seems to be the most appropriate. It has a price of 1.30 in Rivalo. Tie pays 5.50 and Turkish success multiplies the investment by 10.00.