After Ralf Rangnick helped to restore stability to the club, exciting young manager Julian Nagelsmann is at the RB Leipzig helm.
The German club finished an excellent 3rd in the Bundesliga last season and return to the UEFA Champions League as a result.
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Nagelsmann will likely opt with a 3-4-3 formation, differing from the previous season’s 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2.
Leipzig have maintained their philosophy of signing Europe’s young and exciting players, as Ademola Lookman (£22.5m), Christopher Nkunku (£11.7m), Hannes Wolf (£10.8m) and Luan Candido (£7.2m) have all joined in the summer.
On the out’s, Bruma’s departure (£13.5m) won’t help the team, but the Portuguese has more than be replaced.
Péter Gulácsi (OVR 79 – 84)
One of the most experienced players in the squad, Péter Gulácsi is due for a big upgrade on his FIFA 19 rating.
The Hungarian national goalkeeper had a fantastic season last campaign, as his goals conceded dropped from 53 in 2017-18 to 29, the lowest in the Bundesliga, even lower than Bayern Munich!
Gulacsi ended FIFA 19 with a 83 overall and should start FIFA 20 slightly higher at 84, or perhaps even 85, such has been his upturn in form.
Ibrahima Konate (OVR 73 – 79)
Despite the loan signing of Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu, Ibrahima Konate begins FIFA 20 as one of Leipzig’s three starting centre-backs.
The French youngster began FIFA 19 as a 73 overall, but ended the game’s life cycle with a 77 overall, and I believe he’ll be pushing 79 by the start of this year’s game.
Willi Orban (OVR 79 – 81)
Another defender that’s due for an upgrade is Willi Orban, as the German-born Hungarian international heavily contributed towards the Bundesliga’s best defence last campaign. He even popped up with four goals of his own, so expect upgrades to his shooting, defence and physical stats. Orban ended FIFA 19 with an 80 overall, and I think he’ll be one higher for FIFA 20, with an 81 overall rating.
Nordi Mukiele (OVR 77 – 78)
Position: CB, RB
Nordi Mukiele started the first game of the Bundesliga season as Leipzig’s third centre-back and I believe the young Frenchman will stay there for the majority of the campaign.
I expect Mukiele to have an upgrade from FIFA 19, but like Orban, not a large one, as he didn’t play too many matches last season. Mukiele and Konate will also make a rapid centre-back pairing.
Lukas Klosterman (OVR 75 – 80)
Position: RM, RB, LB
Lukas Klosterman was a fixture at Right-back for Leipzig last season, but the German will likely find himself playing in right-midfield this season.
The former full-back assisted once and scored 5 goals last season, being boosted to 78 overall by the end of FIFA 19, and I believe he’ll begin FIFA 20 with an 80 overall.
He’ll have big boosts to his shooting, dribbling and defending stats for this edition of the game.
Diego Demme (OVR 79 -78)
Position: CM, CDM
Deigo Demme will be shifted from CDM to CM for FIFA 20, but his overall and stats won’t see much change.
He’s now 27 and will see a slight decrease in his overall, from 79 to 78, as he played fewer games and completed fewer assists in the Bundesliga than a year previously.
Kevin Kampl (OVR 82 – 84)
Position: CM, CDM, CAM
Kevin Kampl ended FIFA 19 with an 83 overall and as he doubled his goals and assists tally from last season, he should begin FIFA 20 with at least an 84 overall.
The Slovenian international will be playing closer to the attack this season, so expect him to have even more assists this season.
Marcel Halstenberg (OVR 78 – 82)
Position: LM, LB
Like Klosterman, Marcel Halstenberg will be playing further forward this season in a midfield position.
He played far more games in the Bundesliga last campaign, scoring 3 goals and assisting 6 times.
Expect his overall to be increased further from his FIFA 19 final of 80, up to potentially 82, with big boosts to his passing and shooting stats.
Marcel Sabitzer (OVR 81 – 81)
Position: RW, CAM, CM
Marcel Sabitzer is another player who will experience a position change for FIFA 20, moving from CAM to RW.
The Austrian put up similar numbers last season to 2017-18, so I expect his ratings to remain static from FIFA 19.
Yussuf Poulsen (OVR 79 – 82)
Yussuf Poulsen will remain Leipzig’s only out-and-out striker this season, as the Danish international will be looking to build upon his 15 goals and 4 assists last campaign.
That’s an increase of 11 goals and 1 assist on the previous season, something that will reflect in his FIFA 20 rating.
Poulsen will be up to at least 82 overall for the start of the game, with big boosts to his shooting and dribbling stats.
Timo Werner (OVR 83 – 86)
Position: LW, ST
Emil Forsberg will count himself unlucky not be starting in this Leipzig side, but you can’t not choose a talent like Timo Werner ahead of the Swede.
With 16 goals and 9 assists in the Bundesliga last season, Werner will start FIFA 20 with at least an 86 overall, making him the highest-rated in the squad.
The German international will be key to any success RB Leipzig have this season. Big upgrades to his shooting, passing and dribbling will be made from FIFA 19.
On the Bench
Goalkeeper: Yves Mvogo (OVR 75 – 75) remained the club’s second goalkeeper and maintains his gold status, as he didn’t play often last season.
Defence: Stefan Ilsanker (OVR 75 –75) also remainsthe same overall after another solid but unspectacular season.
Marcelo Saracchi (OVR 75 – 75) is another good option from the bench as a left-back. With his pace, though, he can definitely deputise as a left-midfielder.
Midfield: New signing Christopher Nkunku (OVR 76 – 76) got off the bench for a debut Leipzig goal at the weekend, although the CM is unlikely to force his way into the starting XI much this season.
Amadou Haidara (OVR 76 – 75) gets a slight downgrade from FIFA 19 thanks to lower goals and assists but remains the highest raring back-up winger in the squad. Ademola Lookman (OVR 72 -75) is another pacey option to come off the bench to help with the counter-attack.
Attack: Emil Forsberg (OVR 82 – 84) will transition from CAM to LW and be excellent back-up to Werner. Playing Forsberg in LW and Werner at ST will actually give the starting XI a higher overall than if Poulsen is playing.
RB Leipzig Predicted Line-up
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