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RB Leipzig vs Celtic: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

11:00 AM GMT+4 25/10/2018
Brendan Rodgers, Celtic
With three points each, the Group B encounter promises to be a pivotal one for the fortunes of the two clubs

Celtic's Europa League campaign reaches a pivotal stage on Thursday, when they travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig.

Brendan Rodgers' side have three points to their name after being Rosenborg at home, but a 3-1 loss to Red Bull Salzburg at the beginning of October means they are tied on three points with the Bundesliga club, who also fell victim to the Austians in week one. 

After a sticky start to the season, the Hoops hope they have found some form after overcoming Hibs 4-2 in a thrilling match at the weekend, but they will be pushed to the maximum against the German side.

Game RB Leipzig v Celtic
Date Thursday, October 25
Time 5:55pm BST / 12:55pm EST
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News

Position RB Leipzig players
Goalkeepers Gulacsi, Muller, Mvogo, Krahl
Defenders Saracchi, Orban, Upamecano, Konate, Klostermann, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Hoppe, Bohmer, Talabidi, Rucker, Grimm, Jakel
Midfielders Forsberg, Ilsanker, Laimer, Demme, Mekonnen, Hartmann, Majetschak, Bias, Winter, Kampl, Fontaine, Krauss, Ruhner, Stenz, Bottcher
Forwards Sabitzer, Poulsen, Werner, Brumo, Cunha, Augustin, Krugen

RB Leipzig have been rotating their squad heavily over recent weeks and are likely to continue doing so for this clash.

Emil Forsberg is missing due to a muscle strain, while Marcelo Saracchi and Marcel Sabitzer are liable to come back into the team after minor problems meant that they did not feature at the weekend.

Starting XI: Mvogo; Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi; Sabitzer, Demme, Ilsanker, Bruma; Cunha, Werner

Position Celtic squad
Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard
Defenders Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Benkovic, Lustig, Ajer, Ralston, Tierney, Izaguirre
Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Hayes, Morgan, Christie, Rogic, Ntcham, Mulumbu, McGregor, Forrest, Eboue, Arzani
Forwards Griffiths, Edouard, Johnston

Celtic will definitely be without James Forrest after he was sent off against Red Bull Salzburg in a 3-1 defeat at the start of the month.

Kristoffer Ajer is sidelined through injury, while Nir Bitton is also missing.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over captain Scott Brown, fellow central midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu and striker Leigh Griffiths.

Starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Christie, Rogic, McGregor; Edouard

Betting & Match Odds

Leipzig are priced at 4/9 to win, according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 4/1. A win for Celtic is priced at 13/2.

Click here to see all of bet 365's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

Match Preview

Celtic find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being second in the Scottish Premiership table, having made a disappointing start to the season both domestically and in Europe.

The Hoops failed to qualify for the Champions League and lost two of their opening seven matches in the league - a far cry from the team that has swept the board domestically in each of the last two seasons.

And while their immediate priority lies with picking up three points in Germany, a League Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield awaits on Sunday.

Wins over St Johnstone (6-0) and Hibs (4-2) either side of the international break have lifted them out of crisis and restored the confidence of a misfiring attacking line. 

Another positive result in Germany would further restore the belief that the club are on the right track, though Celtic have not beaten Bundesliga opposition in their last nine meetings and are notoriously poor away from home in Europe.

Leipzig, meanwhile, lie fifth domestically, but have lost only one of their eight matches, drawing three times.

Ralf Rangnick's side have never previously faced Scottish opposition and are seeking to make progress in what is just their second European campaign. But despite their relative inexperience, they are favourites for victory in this clash.