RB Leipzig V Borussia Dortmund : All You Need To Know About The Bundesliga Match
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund in Details:
Dortmund travel to Leipzig to face RB Leipzig in the 25th Matchday of the German Bundesliga. When these two clubs went head to head in first half of the season, Leipzig ended Dortmund’s club record of 41 games unbeaten at home in a match which ended 2:3 for the visitors. Will Dortmund take their revenge this Saturday?? We will see. So lets talk about this great encounter in brief.
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
Timings: 11:00PM(IST), 6:30PM(Local Time), 5:30PM(UK Time)
RB Leipzig: After 2 disappointing performances against Frankfurt and bottom side Koln, Leipzig has gone down the table to the 6th spot. With only 2 points away from a potential Champions League spot, Leipzig need to win these games to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Leipzig coach Ralph Hassenhuttl in his recent press conference said that, “Consistency is the key, we have to discover it and win those close games.” But Leipzig face a challenge at home by the likes of Dortmund who haven’t lost a single game in 2018. Ralph being excited to face Stoger again said, “It’s going to be a great game against a team that hasn’t lost in recent weeks. It’ll be very tough to keep them in check – they’re deadly on the counter-attack.” He also added, “When you play teams like Dortmund, everything has to go right. It’ll come down to the small things, which we have to do better than them if we want to win.”
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) March 1, 2018
All his sayings suggest that he is confident about the game and would take any advantage of the mistakes Dortmund make as they haven’t been good in away games in 2018.
Now talking about the squad, fans would be happy after the return of Naby Keita to team training after he was struck by a hamstring injury and might be a part of the squad this Saturday along with Konrad Leimar, who also joined training recently. Emil Forsberg who started his first game in 2018 against Koln is also expected to start.
Predicted 11: Gulasci, Bernardo, Upamecano, Orban, Klostermann, Sabitzer, Demme, Keita, Forsberg, Werner, Poulsen
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— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 2, 2018
Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund weren’t seen in their best in the previous matchday against Augsburg where the visitors had more shots on target. Although still second in the table, Dortmund have their Champions League hopes alive for next season but the match against Leipzig will be important for the black and yellows as a defeat can take them down to the 4th position if Schalke and Frankfurt win their respective games. Dortmund coach Peter Stoger in his recent press conference said, “Both the teams want to win this game. I see ourselves on a good path, even if there is a lot of restlessness.” Stoger also said that he wants to improve the team’s mistakes from their previous games and expects a good passing quality for the whole 90 minutes this Saturday.
Marco Reus has been in quite a good form after he returned from his ankle injury who scored last Monday along with Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze which has kept American international Christian Pulisic sidelined. The involvement of Kagawa is in doubt in this game. After a long injury lay off Maximilian Philipp joined training recently along with Jadon Sancho but their involvement in the first 11 is in doubt as well.
Predicted 11: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dahoud, Götze, Reus, Batshuayi, Schürrle
Recent Form(All Competitions):
RB Leipzig: WWLLL
Borussia Dortmund: WWWDD
Head to Head stats:
Leipzig won: 2
Dortmund won: 1
-Dortmund has never won in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.
-Stoger is the first coach in Dortmund history to go unbeaten in his first 9 Bundesliga games(W:5, D:4)
-Timo Werner is yet to score a goal against Dortmund.
-Dortmund have conceded their last 2 goals via corners.
In my opinion this will be an equally matched game for both the sides. A draw will be a fair result for both for their hopes of Champions League Qualification.