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Leipzig will kick off its Champions League campaign this week, by hosting Donetsk for a group stage fixture this Tuesday.
After finishing 4th in the domestic league in the previous season, Leipzig has had a disappointing start to the current season, winning just 1 of its 5 league games. The hosts enter this contest on the back of a humiliating loss against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, where they could not file even a single reply against Frankfurt's 4 goals. Domenico Tedesco faces a difficult few weeks ahead, as Leipzig is set to face the likes of Monchengladbach, Dortmund, and Real Madrid before the international break.
Ukrainian giants Shakhtar have had a productive few weeks at the start of the season, and are second on the points table. Shakhtar last advanced from the group stages when it reached the round of 16 in the 2017-18 season, and coach Igor Jovicevic will be hopeful that his team puts up a better performance this time around. Shakhtar enters this match on the back of a 1-0 win over Rukh Vynnyky, where Yukhym Konoplya scored the only goal of the match in the 78th minute.
Match prediction and football betting tips for RB Leipzig vs Shakhtar Donetsk Champions League 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, on 6th September 2022.
Despite facing a humiliating loss against Frankfurt, Leipzig is unlikely to change the balance of its team for the upcoming match. Yussuf Poulsen and Lukas Klostermann continue to miss out, while Dani Olmo picked up a niggle in the last match and could be benched. Timo Werner and Nkunku will once again be leading the attack up front.
As for the visitors, Jovicevic has no fresh injury concerns and will be able to pick from a full squad of players.
We are likely to see an engaging mid-week encounter, but it is the hosts who hold the edge here.
Bet on RB Leipzig win.
4 of the last 5 competitive matches featuring Leipzig have seen an aggregate score of 3 or more. With both the clubs eager to register an early win, it wouldn’t be surprising to see plenty of goals being scored in this match
Nkunku scored an aggregate of 35 goals in the last season, including 7 in the Champions League. He already has 6 goals against his name in 7 competitive games this season, and we are backing him to better that figure in this game.