Preview ; Leipzig vs Hoffenheim

Preview: RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim - team news, lineups, prediction

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RB Leipzig welcome Hoffenheim to the Red Bull Arena on Friday night with an eye on the title. Julian Nagelsmann conceded the league title after their 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich earlier.

 

He had a point as a seven-point gap opened up at the top of the table. Bayern Munich uncharacteristically dropped points the following weekend giving Leipzig the tiniest of hopes.

 

Hoffenheim on the other hand are facing a relegation fight. A season that promised so much quickly turned into a sleepwalk towards relegation. They would love to inflict pain on Leipzig by denting their title hopes and salvage their season.

 

TEAM NEWS

Leipzig are expected to be without Tyler Adams until early May. Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai ,Yussuf Pouslen are all absentees. Dayot Upamecano and Angelino are available for selection. Nagelsmann does not have the luxury of rotation as they look for crucial three points.

RB Leipzig Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Peter Gulacsi, Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate, Dayot Upamecano, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Sabitzer, Kevin Kampl, Angelino, Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo, Alexander Sorloth

 

Hoffenheim have a long list of absentees. Dennis Geiger, Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hubner are out for the season. While this game comes too soon for Kevin Vogt, Kevin Akpoguma, Kostas Stafylidis. On the upside, Andrej Kramaric’s return to fitness will get their attack firing.

 

Hoffenheim Predicted XI (3-1-4-2): Oliver Baumann, Havard Nordtveit, Stefan Posch, Chris Richards, Florian Grillitsch, Pavel Kaderabek, Diadie Samassekou, Sebastian Rudy, Ryan Sessegnon, Robert Skov, Ihlas Bebou

 

GAME CHANGERS

Dani Olmo is definitely one to look out for. The Spanish midfielder has developed into a fine midfield playmaker for the German outfit. Apart from the number 10 role, he has excelled on the wings too. He has the potential to win games on his own. Alexander Sorloth, who replaced Timo Werner has settled well and the club and looks a lethal finisher.

 

Hoffenheim would surely depend on their talisman Andrej Kramaric. The Croatian forward was in red hot form before getting injured. On his return to the side he would like to pick up from where he left off. His strike partner, Ihals Bebou is also a potential match-winner. The Togo international has immense pace and his runs can cause problems to Leipzig’s defence.

 

 

PREDICTIONS

Leipzig still have slender hopes of the title and they would like to keep on winning to maintain those hopes. Hoffenheim would like to steer clear of relegation and end the season on a high. It’s going to be a rampaging Leipzig attack versus Hoffenheim’s leaky defence.

FootTheBall predicts a 3-1 win to Leipzig as Hoffenheim struggle to contain the attacking flair of their opponents.

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