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Preview: Lyon vs. RB Leipzig - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole looks previews Lyon's meeting with RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday, including a prediction, team news and predicted lineups.

Lyon and RB Leipzig meet in the Champions League on Tuesday for a decisive clash at the top of Group G.

The visitors are already guaranteed to qualify, while Lyon must better the result of Zenit Saint Petersburg, who are level on points with the French side but have the superior head to head record.

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Olympique Lyonnais' Memphis Depay celebrates scoring their third goal on August 16, 2019© Reuters

Following several years of progression and steadiness under Bruno Genesio, the landscape at Lyon feels somewhat shakier this season.

Former Manchester City defender Sylvinho was appointed in May, only to last eight games before being dismissed, with Rudi Garcia taking over in October.

Currently sixth in Ligue 1 and needing other results to go their way to qualify for the Champions League last 16, Lyon's season so far has been one of promising performances interspersed over a wider background of inconsistency and dysfunction.

A 2-0 victory away at Leipzig in October, for example, was a performance of extreme conviction and precision, while a more recent home defeat to Lille illustrated how this team still needs time together before becoming a more consistent outfit.

Indeed, beyond this game, it will be crucial for Lyon to keep star players such as Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele at the club as Garcia looks to build a new foundation from which to move forward following the Genesio era.

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann pictured on September 14, 2019© Reuters

At Leipzig, however, the current project spearheaded by Julian Nagelsmann is in full flow and reaping excellent results to the extent that major European clubs are taking notice.

Aged just 32, Nagelsmann is one of the youngest coaches in world football and also among the most forward-thinking tactical minds in the game, producing a style based on quick transitions up the centre of the pitch that has even earned praise from Pep Guardiola.

Moreover, the system has reaped emphatic results, with Leipzig set to qualify for the Champions League knockouts for the first time in their short history after producing a notably faster, more dangerous set of performances compared with their three rivals.

Under Nagelsmann, Leipzig are a fluid, free-scoring team, topping the Bundesliga scoring charts with 39 goals, but what remains to be seen is how they perform in the face of intense pressure.

Against Lyon, whose home fans will be desperate for three points, Leipzig will certainly be in for the perfect acid test when they travel to France.

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Recent RB Leipzig form: WLWWD
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Team News

Maxwel Cornet in action for Lyon on July 19, 2018© Reuters

Reserve keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu and forward Maxwel Cornet are both sidelined for this fixture, with no timescale on when they could return.

Youssouf Kone is out with an ankle problem, while Leo Dubois is out for a few weeks at least with a knee problem.

For Leipzig, Ibrahima Konate, Luan Candido and Tyler Adams are all back in training and have an outside chance of returning for this fixture.

Kevin Kampl and Will Orban, on the other hand, have been ruled out with respective foot and knee injuries.

Lyon possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Rafael; Reine-Adelaide, Mendes; Aouar, Memphis, Traore; Dembele

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulasci; Klostermann, Ilsanker, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Demme, Sabitzer, Forsberg; Schick, Werner

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We say: Lyon 1-1 RB Leipzig

In a hotly-contested game between two relatively even teams, you suspect that neither team will be able to convincingly pull ahead of the other.

Lyon will throw everything at this game, but Leipzig are a highly dangerous team who will no doubt put the Ligue 1 side into some awkward positions defensively.

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