RB Leipzig – Universitatea Craiova, prediction for Europa League
Leipzig blew away Swedish Hacken in the first game of the previous round and then finished the job with 1-1 in Sweden. The next day they played a friendly match, which was lost 0-3 from Huddersfield, but they played with reserves, which is understandable. Now they have rested and are ready for their fight with Bosnian Craiova. Fortunately for the Germans, the Bundesliga has not yet begun and they will have a full refund for the second leg on next Thursday. RB Leipzig are an extremely interesting team. They have the opportunity to cooperate with the other club of owners – RB Salzburg. The Germans sold their big star, Naby Keita, to Liverpool, but that’s been known since last summer. From this deal, Leipzig received 54£ million which is colossal for the club. They have not been looking for a specific replacement for him, because they have enough quality and width in the midfield. Instead, they strengthened the left and the right back positions with Nordi Mukiele and Saracchi from Montpellier and River Plate respectively. They also took a new striker, Cunha of Sion. Leipzig definitely have serious ambitions and will try to enter the Champions League again in the new season and make a good campaign in the Europa League.
The opponent of the Germans is called Universitatea Craiova. This is a rather little known team from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who has only 2 games in history in European tournaments. It was in Europa League last year against AC Milan. 2 losses from the Italians to 0. Certainly the Bosnians can not match the Leipzig class. On top of that they are entering this match and in terrible form, having lost 4 of their last 6 games and drawn 2. As a guest have no scored goal in their last three matches.
Anything other than Leipzig’s convincing victory in this game will be a huge surprise. The winner of this match will play in a playoff against Braga or Zorya Luhansk. Our main prediction is a win for Leipzig at half time at 1.58. But, because the odds are not very high, you can try a few more bets.
RB Lepzig over 2.5 goals – 1.83
RB Lepzig to score in both halves – 1.72
RB Lepzig -2.0 AH – 1.65
over 1.0,1.5 goal line first half – 1.93
Nordi Mukiele, Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer and Marcel Halstenberg have all been carrying injuries and will be monitored. They are unlikely to take any chances at this early stage in the season if players aren’t fully fit.
No info for main missing players, but changes likely to be made.