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Nov 27, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​Red Bull Arena
RB Leipzig
Forsberg (89' pen., 90', 90' pen., 90')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Pizzi (20', 20'), Vinicius (59', 59')

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

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday's Champions League fixture between RB Leipzig and Benfica.

RB Leipzig play host to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night knowing that a draw will be enough to earn a place in the last 16 of the competition.

As for the visitors, they are likely to require back-to-back victories in order to progress as runners-up in Group G.

Match preview

RB Leipzig players celebrate their second goal scored by Marcel Sabitzer on November 5, 2019© Reuters

While Julian Nagelsmann would have recognised that his team had been drawn in a group with three clubs of similar quality, the RB Leipzig head coach would have been confident that their attacking qualities could potentially make the difference by the end of the group.

As it stands, that is how it has panned out with the German side claiming three wins from their four games, including twice on the road against Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg.

Leipzig now have the opportunity to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history, with victory on Wednesday evening potentially sealing top spot in Group G.

Nagelsmann's outfit have also netted 16 times in their last three domestic games, a return which has helped put Leipzig to within one point of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Benfica have been far less impressive than their hosts, although the Portuguese team still sit two points clear at the top of their domestic standings.

While eight league triumphs have been recorded in succession, Benfica needed to come from behind to earn a narrow 2-1 success at Santa Clara before the international break.

That said, the desire shown in that match may stand Bruno Lage's team in good stead as they bid to avoid a defeat which may even leave them out of contention for a spot in the Europa League.

Lage will also take confidence from his side having scored at least once in each of their previous four outings in this group, with their five strikes coming from four different players.

RB Leipzig form: LWWWWW

Benfica form: WWWLWW

Team News

Ethan Ampadu in action for Wales on October 18, 2018© Reuters

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu is in line to make his first Champions League start for RB Leipzig this week.

Dayot Upamecano is doubtful due to injury, while Stefan Ilsanker was not selected in Leipzig's European squad at the beginning of September.

The remainder of the team could stay the same, although Kevin Kampl is pushing for a start after recovering from a minor injury.

As for Benfica, they will be without Haris Seferovic, who sustained an injury while on international duty with Switzerland.

Carlos Vinicius, who has five league goals to his name this season, is likely to replace him in attack.

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Ampadu, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Demme; Sabitzer, Forsberg; Nkunku, Werner

Benfica possible starting lineup: Vlachodimos; Almeida, Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Luis, Pires, Cervi; Chiquinho, Vinicius

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We say: RB Leipzig 3-1 Benfica

We can only see one winner here. RB Leipzig are regarded as the dark horses in this competition and they will relish the chance to seal their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare. Benfica, on the other end, have shown too many frailties in their previous outings.

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