05 November 2019 18:36
OSNABRUECK, GERMANY - AUGUST 11: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig controls the ball during the DFB Cup first round match between VfL Osnabrueck and RB Leipzig at Stadion an der Bremer Brücke on August 11, 2019 in Osnabrueck, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) Zenit St. Petersburg face RB Leipzig at Gazprom Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Here's all the info you need to watch. Through three games the closest group in the Champions League is Group G. Three points separate first-place RB Leipzig and fourth place Benfica.
On Tuesday, Zenit St. Petersburg host Leipzig in their second consecutive game. In their first meeting, Leipzig defeated Zenit 2-1. Zenit are tied with Lyon for second in the group with four points. Through 15 games, Zenit are first in the Russian Premier Liga but were held to a 1-1 draw by CSKA Moscow in their last game. Zenit are averaging two goals a game and have only conceded eight goals in their 15 Premier Liga games.
However, Zenit are failing to reach that level in the Champions League, where they have allowed four goals in three games. If Zenit are going to advance to the knockout stage they will have to improve defensively. In the attacking third, the Russian side will target Artem Dzyuba. The Russian striker is having a great season, scoring a team-best 10 goals and adding 11 assists. Leipzig at times this season have looked like a world-beater but have also failed to beat teams they likely should have. In their most recent game, Leipzig beat Mainz 8-0, with Timo Werner scoring three goals. However, the victory came one week after Leipzig lost to Freiburg. If manager Julian Nagelsmann gets his team to play their best, there is no reason why Leipzig cannot win the group and advance to the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in club history. Werner will play a key role for the Red Bulls against Zenit. The German striker leads the club with 13 goals in all competitions. The Champions League match between Zenit St. Petersburg and RB Leipzig will be broadcast live online. Live streaming is available on B/R Live, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscription, either online or through their app. Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5 Start Time: 12:55 p.m. ET Location: St. Petersburg, Russia Stadium: Gazprom Arena TV info: Online only Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo.TV. Sign up for a free seven-day trial here. In three games against Zenit, Leipzig are unbeaten, winning twice and settling for a draw in the third game. However, Leipzig have never won a game against Zenit in Russia. The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest Liverpool FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email 'Expect rotation with Man City on the horizon' Ian Doyle: Rotation, rotation, rotation. We are now starting to see the strength or otherwise of Liverpool's squad. And with the big game against Manchester City, expect there to be changes - no matter what Jurgen Klopp might insist. Alisson Becker remains in goal, that's a given. In defence, though, I'm advocating a change at centre-back. Joe Gomez can come in for Dejan Lovren and, while it was tempting to put James Milner as one of the full-backs, I'd keep the rearguard tinkering to a minimum. In midfield, though, there can be a complete overhaul. Fabinho is back. Milner can feature in the engine room. And Naby Keita can have another opportunity to show what he can do. Up top, no point in risking Mohamed Salah. He and his sore ankle are benched for Divock Origi, the Liverpool legend. My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Keita; Mane, Firmino, Origi. 'Mohamed Salah rested as Divock Origi comes in' Connor Dunn: There are a few positions to address with this team selection. Mohamed Salah's ankle, following that Hamza Choudhury tackle almost one month ago, is continuing to cause him an issue so he is rested ahead of the big match against Manchester City on Sunday. Divock Origi comes in for the Egyptian alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino with a belief Liverpool will have plenty to get past Genk with a win. In the midfield Fabinho comes in after being on the bench against Aston Villa for the specific reason that one more yellow card would have seen him banned for the visit of Pep Guardiola's side. Joining the Brazilian in the midfield is Gini Wijnaldum - with Jordan Henderson rested following the captain missing training before this match - and Naby Keita. Keita is given a chance to prove himself and again kickstart his season with a stellar performance in Europe. In the backline, Alisson is of course in goal while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson assume their positions at full-back. Virgil van Dijk stays in the heart of defence and joining him is Joe Gomez, I'd like to see the young defender kick on and re-establish himself at centre-back while Joel Matip is sidelined. My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita; Origi, Firmino, Mane. 'James Milner in as Liverpool hope to make statement' (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Caoimhe O'Neill: With respect to Genk, this Liverpool team must lay down a statement of intent with Manchester City's visit fast approaching. Alisson starts in goal and will be eyeing his second clean sheet of the season. Virgil van Dijk is too important to leave out so the Dutchman partners Joe Gomez who is given a crucial run out. I was tempted to leave Villa Park hero Andy Robertson in at left-back but I think the Scotsman could do with a rest and so in comes James Milner. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold starts on the right flank notching up appearance number 101 for Liverpool. Fabinho's absence at the weekend was gaping but I think Jurgen Klopp can risk starting without his Brazilian shield tonight. Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson make up the midfield alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman provided an explosive start in Belgium and I'm backing him to light up Anfield on Bonfire Night. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino accompany Divock Origi who is given starting orders against his former side with absolutely no point risking Mohamed Salah's fitness. My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Keita; Origi, Firmino, Mane 'A rare chance to rest Virgil van Dijk' (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) Sean Bradbury: Liverpool's Dutch colossus seldom looks troubled on the football field. And it sometimes seems like Virgil van Dijk could play two games a week forever without breaking a sweat. But tonight offers a rare chance to give him a rest. He has been very busy for both club and country so far this campaign. And more Euro 2020 qualifying games with the Netherlands are on the horizon during the international break. So the big man gets a breather ahead of Manchester City, with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren at the back to bolster their sharpness for the hectic festive period. With Alisson in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson complete the defence. I'd be looking to get James Milner on at full-back for one of them early in the second half though if the Reds are in a good position. In midfield, Fabinho returns and is flanked by Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to see if they can do similar damage to their showing away to the Belgian side. Up front, Mohamed Salah is benched as his continues his recovery from ankle injury. Divock Origi starts with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lovren, Robertson; Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita; Mane, Firmino, Origi