RB Leipzig vs Celtic LIVE commentary: Hoops seek to end dreadful Germany record stretching back to 1961 and claim first Champions League win – UK kick-off time, team news and how to follow

    Celtic head to Germany on Wednesday night as they look for their first Champions League win of the season against RB Leipzig, and it’s live on talkSPORT 2.

    The Hoops have lost to Real Madrid and drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving them third in Group F above the Bundesliga side.

    The Hoops have never won a game in Germany


    The Hoops have never won a game in Germany

    Ange Postecoglou’s men have looked competitive in both group clashes so far, but a win would boost their chances of claiming a spot in the knockout rounds.

    Leipzig look prime for the taking as they have only won two of their last six games and were comprehensively dispatched by Shakhtar in the opening clash.

    Either way, this has the potential to be a enthralling encounter between two teams who play attractive football, so there shouldn’t be a shortage of goals.

    Leipzig vs Celtic: Date and talkSPORT coverage

    This Champions League clash is set to take place on Wednesday, October 5.

    Kick-off at the Red Bull Arena is scheduled for 5:45pm UK time.

    talkSPORT 2’s coverage of the match starts at 5pm with commentary from Ian Danter and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland.

    talkSPORT.com will also be on hand for all the reaction.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Christopher Nkunku looks set for Chelsea and will be a danger to Celtic


    Christopher Nkunku looks set for Chelsea and will be a danger to Celtic

    Leipzig vs Celtic: Team news

    The hosts will be without Lukas Klosterman, Dani Olmo and Konrad Laimer.

    Yussuf Poulsen also missed the 4-0 win over Bochum at the weekend through illness.

    Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner both scored braces in that game, so could be partnered together as Leipzig seek their first Champions League group win of the season.

    The Hoops meanwhile could be without Cameron Carter-Vickers after the defender missed the last two games through injury.

    Carl Starfelt’s absence has left Postecoglou with a dilemma in defence, but Celtic otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

    Werner is expected to lead the line


    Werner is expected to lead the line

    Leipzig vs Celtic: What has been said?

    Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou: “It’s just great to be performing at that level again and it’s where the club needs to be, wants to be, and now the challenge for us is to grow every time we’re out there.

    “I guess for the players, that initial excitement in the first game, the buzz of being in the Champions League, particularly here at home playing against Real Madrid was fantastic, but now we’ve done that it’s about ‘let’s make an impact at that level’.

    “It doesn’t mean the challenge is getting any easier because Leipzig away is a pretty tough challenge.

    “But, as I said now, it’s about really wanting us to be present at that stage, to be competitive at that stage and growing every time we’re out there.”

    Leipzig vs Celtic: Match facts

    • RB Leipzig have faced Celtic twice previously, doing so in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League group stage. Leipzig won 2-0 at home but lost 2-1 away.
    • Celtic have never won an away European match in Germany in 13 previous attempts (D3 L10), failing to score in nine of those games and scoring just six goals overall.
    • Scottish sides have won none of their 13 away European Cup/Champions League matches in Germany (D5 L8) since a 2-1 win for Rangers against Vorwärts Berlin in November 1961.
    • RB Leipzig haven’t kept a clean sheet in a UEFA Champions League home game since MD1 of the 2020-21 edition (2-0 v Istanbul Basaksehir), conceding an average of two goals across their seven games since then (14 in total). Indeed, RB Leipzig have only kept two clean sheets in their 15 home games in the competition overall – versus Spurs and Istanbul Basaksehir in 2020.
    • Celtic have only won one of their previous 13 away games in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L9), winning at Anderlecht in September 2017 under Brendan Rodgers. They have avoided defeat in four of their most recent six on the road, however, winning one and drawing three (L2).
    • RB Leipzig have lost both of their games in the UEFA Champions League this term, versus Shakhtar Donetsk on MD1 and Real Madrid on MD2. If they lose here, it would be the second consecutive season in which they’ve lost their opening three group stage games of a UEFA Champions League campaign (failed to progress last term).
    • Marco Rose has lost eight of his last 11 matches in the UEFA Champions League (W3), across spells with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and current club RB Leipzig. If he was to win here, however, he’d be only the second manager to win a UEFA Champions League game in charge of three different German sides, after Felix Magath (VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich and FC Schalke 04).
    • Jota has been directly involved in 12 of Celtic’s 26 shots in the UEFA Champions League this season, leading the team in both shots (6) and chances created (6). Indeed, only Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski (8) created more chances from open play through the first two matchdays than the Portuguese winger (6).
    • Since the start of last season, Christopher Nkunku has been directly involved in eight goals in the UEFA Champions League (seven goals and one assist), twice as many as any other RB Leipzig player (4, Emil Forsberg and André Silva). He is, however, yet to score or assist in the competition this term.
    • Through the first two matchdays, only Vinícius Júnior (11) completed more take-ons in the UEFA Champions League than Celtic’s Jota (9). The Portuguese completed eight in his last appearance against Shakhtar Donetsk; since 2003-04, this was the joint-most on record for a Celtic player in a UEFA Champions League match along with Aiden McGeady in October 2007 vs Benfica.



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