RB Leipzig could book their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage if they get the better of Celtic in Glasgow on Thursday (kick-off: 9pm CET/8pm GMT/3pm ET).
Leipzig won 2-0 in the first meeting of the sides two weeks ago, and goalscorers Matheus Cunha and Bruma should get another chance to shine in the return match. Ralf Rangnick’s team beat Hoffenheim in the DFB Cup and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga last week, but the visiting boss is likely to shuffle his pack considerably for this one. Timo Werner – who scored four goals in the past two matches – has yet to start a Europa League group game this season, and has been ruled out through injury. Yussuf Poulsen is also sidelined, with Jean-Kevin Augustin – who missed the Hertha game through injury – expected to come in.
Scottish champions Celtic have scored 13 goals and conceded none in the three matches they have played since their loss in Germany. They should be stronger than last time too, since the in-form pair of attacking midfielder Tom Rogic and winger James Forrest are available again following injury and suspension respectively. Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi is out with a knee injury, however, and it seems unlikely that club captain Scott Brown will be fit enough to return.
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- If they win, Leipzig will be through to the last 32 with two games to spare unless Rosenborg get the better of unbeaten leaders Salzburg in the other Group B match.Rangnick’s side are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Europa League.As well as beating him for Leipzig two weeks ago, Bruma scored past Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon in Portugal’s 3-1 friendly win against Scotland in Glasgow last month.Celtic have won only three of their 23 matches against German opposition in European competition and none of their last 10 (D3 L7).Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano played with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard on the French side that won the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Upamecano is currently a teammate of Olivier Ntcham on the France under-21 team.The Scottish champions are unbeaten at Celtic Park in six European fixtures in 2018.
Celtic: Gordon - Lustig (c), Benkovic, Boyata, Tierney - McGregor, Rogic, Christie – Sinclair, Forrest - Edouard
Subs: Bain, Hendry, Hayes, Morgan, Mulumbu, Ajer, Ralston
Absentees: Kouassi (knee)
Coach: Brendan Rodgers
Leipzig: Mvogo – Mukiele, Orban (c), Upamecano, Saracchi – Laimer, Ilsanker, Sabitzer – Bruma, Augustin, Cunha
Subs: Müller, Konate, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Demme, Majetschak, Kampl
Absentees: Forsberg (groin), Poulsen (muscular), Werner (foot)
Coach: Ralf Rangnick