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RB Leipzig to deepen Nurnberg’s relegation worries


RB Leipzig have been in decent form of late in the Bundesliga and on Saturday afternoon Ralf Rangnick’s side head to relegation-threatened Nurnberg.

The two teams have very different objectives this season in the German top-flight. Nurnberg are rock bottom of the Bundesliga, three points from the relegation play-off spot and five to the safety of 15th place.

In contrast, the visitors head into this game fourth place and just one point behind third-place Monchengladbach.

A run of no league wins in their last 17 games has led to Nurnberg’s current position in the table. The fact that the home side has lost eight of their last ten matches in Bundesliga has further worsened their plight.

RB Leipzig are currently unbeaten in five matches in the Bundesliga after recording three wins and two draws in the German top-flight. However, the visitors have suffered from inconsistency in recent months. They will certainly head into this game as favourites, though.

Nurnberg have struggled for wins on home soil in the Bundesliga of late, having failed to win in their last nine home games. Two straight draws on home soil may offer the home side hope of a revival, though. Their recent games on home soil have been low-scoring affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in seven of their eight matches.

Leipzig have been inconsistent on their travels of late in the German top-flight. However, Rangnick’s team has recorded three straight league wins on their travels, while scoring at least three goals in all three victories.

The visitor’s recent attacking displays away from home have contributed to there being over 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five league matches on their travels.

Nurnberg are in desperate need of a victory to aid their survival hopes. However, Forebet predicts that RB Leipzig will record a win to aid their chances of sealing a Champions League spot this season.


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Borussia Dortmund 2 RB Leipzig 3: Two penalties, two reds in five-goal thriller

Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season ended in dramatic fashion as RB Leipzig came from behind to snatch a heart-stopping 3-2 away win.

Both sides had players sent off in the second half but Leipzig held their nerve to inflict a first defeat in eight matches on Peter Bosz’s men.

The visitors were forced to do it the hard way after falling behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener with Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen scoring to turn the contest on its head.

And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men looked on course for their fifth victory of the campaign when Sokratis Papastathopoulos was shown a straight red for conceding a penalty which Jean-Kevin Augustin converted.

Stefan Ilsanker also received his marching orders, though, and Aubameyang was able to reduce the deficit from the spot as he moved ahead of Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts.

But, after recording their first ever Bundesliga victory in this fixture last season, it was Leipzig who were yet again celebrating another milestone moment.

There was a frenetic tempo from the outset and it was Dortmund who scored first through Aubameyang.

The striker dispossessed Ilsanker, raced through on goal and coolly buried a fourth-minute opener beyond Peter Gulacsi.

Leipzig should have found an instant response through Augustin, but Roman Burki produced a stellar one-on-one save with his legs.

Hasenhuttl’s side only had to wait a matter of moments for an equaliser, though, as Marcel Halstenberg climbed high to head a free-kick into the path of Sabitzer, who nodded past Burki to make it 1-1.

Aubameyang remained central to the breathless early action as he again found space in the area, only to be denied by a desperate Gulacsi block.

And the match took another dramatic twist when Portugal winger Bruma brilliantly raced around his marker on the left and held his composure to find Poulsen for a tap-in.

There was still time left in the half for Dortmund to go close to an equaliser, with Gulacsi once more smothering a close-range opportunity for Aubameyang.

The visitors’ stunning fightback continued immediately after the restart with Sokratis dismissed for dragging down Augustin, who sent Burki the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Their numerical advantage lasted less than 10 minutes, though, as Ilsanker picked up two bookings in as many minutes to give the hosts hope.

Dortmund’s comeback truly came to life just after the hour when VAR was used to award a contentious penalty for a trip by Dayot Upamecano on Aubameyang, the Gabon international making no mistake with his spot-kick.

But that was to prove their last moment of joy as Gulacsi decisively denied Aubameyang in stoppage time and Andriy Yarmolenko sent the rebound over a gaping target.

Key Opta stats:

– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 15 goals in 12 competitive matches in 2017-18 – no other player in the top five European Leagues has found the back of the net more often.
– For the first time since April 2015 (0-1 against Bayern Munich with Jurgen Klopp in charge) Dortmund lost a match at Signal Iduna Park. Since this loss, Borussia Dortmund were unbeaten in 41 home games in the Bundesliga (34 W, 7 D).

– The last time Dortmund lost a game in the Bundesliga at home after leading was in December 2013 against Hertha Berlin (1-2).

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RB Leipzig to continue winning run against Gladbach

RB Leipzig surprised everybody by finishing as runners-up in the German Bundesliga last season. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side made a poor start by losing their first league game 2-0 at Schalke. However, they have now recorded two straight wins in the German top-flight.

On Saturday Leipzig host Monchengladbach at the Red Bull Arena, as the home side look to continue their winning run in the German top-flight. Hasenhuttl’s side kicked off their Champions League campaign in midweek by drawing 1-1 with French champions Monaco.

RB Leipzig built last season’s success on a good home record in the Bundesliga, as they have now won four of their last six games in the top-flight. A big part of that good record was their prolific displays in front of goal at home in the Bundesliga, as they have scored four or more goals in four of their last six games in the German top-flight.

The home side have only faced Monchengladbach twice in the Bundesliga, picking up four points from their two top-flight meetings.

Monchengladbach have enjoyed mixed fortunes at the start of the Bundesliga campaign. Gladbach have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three Bundesliga outings so far this season. Last time out the visitors suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dieter Hecking’s team have now drawn four of their last six games in the German top-flight. The visitors have a decent recent away record in the Bundesliga, having suffered just one defeat in their last six away outings in German top-flight.

Gladbach have also been prolific in recent away games in the Bundesliga, as they have scored two or more goals in four of their last five games on their travels.

Sportseconds predicts that RB Leipzig’s good home record will continue in this clash and Monchengladbach’s mixed fortunes will continue.

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RB Leipzig 1 Monaco 1: Tielemans denies debutants victory

Youri Tielemans opened his Monaco account as last season’s semi-finalists held RB Leipzig to a 1-1 draw to deny Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side an historic victory on their Champions League bow.

The big-money signing from Anderlecht struck two minutes after Emil Forsberg scored his club’s first goal in Europe’s elite competition, with their first shot on target.

The 25-year-old timed his run to perfection to latch onto a ball down the left channel, before cutting into the penalty area and lashing the ball emphatically past Diego Benaglio with just over half an hour on the clock in this Group G encounter.

It was pure ecstasy for the newcomers, but their joy turned to sorrow only two minutes later when Monaco levelled, as Tielemans silenced the raucous home crowd when he capitalised on Peter Gulacsi’s fumble to tap in from close range.

Leipzig, founded in 2009, have enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of club football and, on this showing, Hasenhuttl’s men proved they have the quality required to compete at this level.

The inexperienced hosts took their time to settle into the game initially and it was the visitors who created the first opportunity after seven minutes when Radamel Falcao’s shot was blocked and Adama Diakhaby could not react quick enough to apply the finish.

Timo Werner has been Leipzig’s standout player so far this season and he should have done better when Forsberg’s corner delivery just evaded him at the back post.

The historic Leipzig goal finally came after 34 minutes, and in spectacular fashion. Forsberg was allowed to charge into the penalty area from the left channel before finishing emphatically past Benaglio.

But Monaco soon levelled as Tielemans silenced the raucous home crowd. Tielemans was at the back post to meet a superb right-wing cross, and though his first effort was blocked he was on hand to apply the finish from the rebound.

Leipzig ended the first half on a high and almost restored their lead when Lukas Klostermann’s cross was inch-perfect for Werner, but Kamil Glik stepped in to make a crucial intervention.

The hosts started the second period on the front foot and when Werner – usually so prolific – broke into the box after 52 minutes, he was favourite to score. Agonisingly, he sent the ball inches wide of the post.

And just before the hour mark, Glik saved his goalkeeper’s blushes when the Monaco defender cleared from the line after Benaglio had flapped at Forsberg’s excellent corner delivery.

Leipzig’s pressure was building and after 62 minutes, following a nice team move, Yussuf Poulsen had the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be ruled offside.

Benaglio had to be at his best to block Jean-Kevin Augustin’s goal-bound effort in the latter stages as Leipzig had to settle for a point.

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Bayern drawn against RB Leipzig in DFB-Pokal

Bayern Munich have been draw away to Bundesliga title rivals RB Leipzig in a blockbuster DFB-Pokal second-round clash.

The fixture is one of four all-Bundesliga ties with Hertha Berlin to host Koln, Wolfsburg at home to Hannover and Hoffenheim on the road against Werder Bremen.

Reigning cup winners Borussia Dortmund face an away trip to third-tier Magdeburg.

Leipzig cemented their place as a force in German football last season by finishing second in their first Bundesliga campaign, albeit 15 points off Bayern.

“It’s the best draw you could hope for. We’re looking forward to a real cup battle,” said Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.

All matches will be held between 24-25 October.


RB Leipzig – Bayern Munich
Magdeburg – Borussia Dortmund
Schweinfurt – Eintracht Frankfurt
Osnabruck – Nurnberg
Paderborn – Bochum
Wehen Wiesbaden – Schalke
Fortuna Dusseldorf – Borussia Monchengladbach
Mainz – Holstein Kiel
Hertha BSC – Koln
Bayer Leverkusen – Union Berlin
Jahn Regensburg – Heidenheim
Wolfsburg – Hannover
Werder Bremen – Hoffenheim
Kaiserslautern – Stuttgart
SpVgg Greuther Furth – Ingolstadt
Freiburg – Dynamo Dresden