RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund: Looking for a Win at Home
Winning seems to be the hardest one to do for RB Leipzig while playing at home. Since Bundesliga resumed, they have always stumbled in their home turf four times against Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf. With a Champions League place at one hand, what is left to do is to seal the first win after the restart.
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Timo Werner and Co once again failed to secure a win while being the host. This midweek they were held in a 2-2 draw against the team in the relegation zone, Fortuna Dusseldorf despite having a double lead by Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner. Yet, their hope to end the one-point trend at home was gone only in less than five minutes as Steven Szrybski and Andre Hoffmann scored the equaliser.
The Yellow and Whites even had a worse result. They were shockingly defeated by another team fighting to avoid relegation, Mainz 0-2. Jonathan Burkhardt and Jean-Phillipe Mateta bagged the goal each to give their team a survival hope in the top flight.
Missing players and probable lineups
Julian Nagelsmann has been employing various formation. The previous 4-3-1-2 seemed to be working well until their lack of focus in the final minutes when they conceded. This week, the former Hoffenheim boss will deploy the same formation with the probable transition to 4-2-2-2. Timo Werner and Dani Olmo are likely to play at the front to break Dortmund’s defense. On the sideline, only Yrary Poulsen and Ethan Ampadu are ruled out.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Dayot Upamecano, Angelino, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Hastelberg; Kevin Kampl, Konrad Laimer, Marcel Sabitzer, Christopher Nkunku; Dani Olmo, Timo Werner.
Lucien Favre’s side seemed lackslustre in the last fixture once sealing Champions League spot and having no other target left this season. Such circumstance might endure and the former Nice boss might just employ his usual 3-4-2-1 despite the fact that a number of his player are sidelined due to injury such as Thomas Delaney, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mahmoud Dahoud, Marco Reus, Giovanni Reyna, Manuel Akanji and Nico Schultz, whereas Achraf Hakimi is ruled out because of the suspension.
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Burki; Matts Hummels, Lukas Piszcezk, Leonardo Balerdi; Emre Can, Axel Witsel, Julian Brandt, Raphael Guerrero ; Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard; Erling Haaland.
Based on the head-to-head meetings, it has been fairly tight. Dortmund has only won three times and had two draws while Leipzig has won twice in the last seven encounters.
The match would have been more exciting if the title race had not been over. Now, the home side only needs two points to seal UCL spot in the last two games, which should be fairly doable. What is left in this game would probably be the rivalry of both teams’ main frontman, Timo Werner and Erling Haaland. It will be their last one as the former has agreed to join Chelsea next season. With rather demotivated Dortmund, Julian Nagelsmann’s men might eventually end their thirst of victory at home.
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