Hasan Bratic / Bild-Allianz via Getty Images In the picture: Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig, right, celebrates a goal with his teammates

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European powerhouses going in opposite directions will fight on Tuesday when RB Leipzig takes on Liverpool in a Champions League round of 16

The first leg of this game should take place on Leipzig home soil due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Germany, however, this game has become a neutral affair as it has been moved to Puskás Aréna in Budapest

Liverpool enter this showdown in the middle of a shocking tailspin The reigning Premier League champions have lost three games in a row, including five of their last seven games in all competitions

In contrast, RB Leipzig has won four straightaway wins and has remained unbeaten in 15 of the last 17 games. The Bundesliga giant reached the knockout stage of this prestigious European tournament by playing in Group H behind French juggernaut Paris Saint-Germain came in second

Things couldn’t go better for Leipzig. The Red Bulls remain on the heels of defending UCL champions Bayern Munich in the top German league and are five points behind the leaders

This is only the second time that Leipzig has reached the knockout phase of the competition The first time came during last season’s dream run, which ended in defeat in the semi-finals against PSG

If this had been a home game, the Red Bulls would have had a massive advantage over the Reds. Leipzig has only suffered one home defeat in all competitions, so it must be frustrating that this is being played in a neutral place

Perhaps the biggest plus for Leipzig this season was the balanced offensive attack, in which four players at a time score the team’s top four goals.The US international Tyler Adams scored on 1 January in Mainz a 2: 3 defeat 23, continues to shine for the Red Bulls in the middle of the field

Statistically speaking, RB Leipzig was the definition of flat in the group game.The Red Bulls landed with 78 expected goals and 78 expected goals against, which leads to a mild 01 xGDiff and 001 xGDiff / 90 minutes

Manager Jürgen Klopp has to wonder what it takes to get his team back in a form comparable to last season’s title campaign

The Reds have looked terrible in their last three games, underscored by a 4-1 shellacking from Manchester City two games ago, those efforts were compounded by losses to aspiring Brighton & Hove Albion (1-0) and 1 : 3 Sunday loss to Leicester City equalized

On all three of these poor performances, Klopp’s men lost the xG fight, and the Cityzens outdid them the most, finishing with a whopping 31-13 xG edge

Liverpool have a bit of history in their favor here, however. The Reds are unbeaten in their last five away games against German opponents and have scored three wins and two draws. You have to go back almost two decades to get a defeat in the quarterfinals of the UCL 2002 a 2-4 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen meant

When comparing the numbers with RB Leipzig, Liverpool’s numbers in the group stage were slightly better, the Reds finished with 96 expected goals and 81 expected goals, generating a 1.5 xGDiff and 025 for xGDiff / 90 minutes

This is really a fascinating matchup between clubs in very different forms at the moment Add that Liverpool will probably be minus standout players from Fabinho and James Milner and you have a difficult position for the de facto visitors

That means, I support Leipzig with a Draw No Bet stake with 125 odds as my top game. The Red Bulls are in better shape and they will clearly have a chip on their shoulder because they should have a home game

Liverpool will have problems with a Leipzig team licking their chops knowing that they are in utter disarray in front of an out of shape Merseyside team

I’ll also sprinkle a little on the total of three goals remaining. Nine of the last 10 UCL games in Liverpool have had two or fewer goals that I expect to re-enter The Reds will try to get in a match in which they will be unmanned to maintain possession of the ball

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