RB Leipzig‘s bid to reach the knockout rounds of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League continues with a trip to FC Porto on Wednesday (kick-off 20:45CET/19:45GMT).
After a slow start to life in the competition, the easterners recorded their first Champions League win a fortnight ago by beating Porto 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Red Bull Arena. Since then, their momentum has stalled somewhat after defeat to Bayern in the DFB Cup on penalties and a reverse against the same opposition on Bundesliga Matchday 10. Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will need to lift his players for this one, as they know that even a draw at the Estadio do Dragao will take them a big step closer to qualifying.
Porto, meanwhile, are grinding into gear in impressive fashion this term under new coach Sergio Conceicao. After a 3-0 win at Boavista at the weekend, they remain unbeaten in the league and currently occupy first place the table. With just a point separating Porto and Leipzig, and leaders Besiktas five points clear at the top of Group G, this is a huge opportunity for both sides to steal a march in the race to finish second.
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RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban (c), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Forsberg, Demme, Keita, Bruma – Sabitzer, Augustin
Absentees: Ilsanker (toe)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Porto: Jose Sa – Layun, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles – Danilo, Sergio Oliveira, Herrera – Brahimi, Marega, Aboubakar
Coach: Sergio Conceicao
- Hasenhüttl’s side are making their European debut this season: the win against Porto was their first ever in continental competition.
- The Easterners have become the 12th club to represent the Bundesliga in the Champions League.
- Leipzig’s first-ever European away game, on Matchday 2 against Besiktas, ended in a 2-0 defeat.
- The Dragons have lost their last four competitive games against German opposition.
- Porto have won eight and drawn two of 12 league games this season and sit two points clear of Sporting Lisbon at the top of the standings.
- Porto won the 2004 Champions League at Schalke‘s Veltins Arena.
- Leipzig’s Bruma turned out for Galatasaray alongside Porto left-back Alex Telles in the 2014/15 season.