Preview - Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig 2 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 02, 2017, 12:24 PM

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Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig

Hoffenheim have faced 30 different teams in the Bundesliga, but Leipzig are the only side they're yet to beat. It will be a difficult afternoon for last season's fourth-placed side, who are down to seventh after no wins in two outings.

Hoffenheim will rely on Sandro Wagner to get the goals. But the team will be without captain Kevin Vogt, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Hamburg last weekend.

RB Leipzig have a clean bill of health with no injury or suspensions to deal with. All eyes will be on the red-hot Timo Werner, who has seven goals to his name and looks set to lead Germany's attack at next year's World Cup finals.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 1-1 RB Leipzig


Match Stats:

  • Hoffenheim 4-0 RB Leipzig
  • Shots: 9-9
  • Possession: 36%-64%
  • Corner kicks: 0-7

To those who suggest that goals from the halfway line tend to be flukes - and those sort of killjoys do exist - just show them footage of Serge Gnabry's wonder strike during Hoffenheim's 4-0 demolition of RB Leipzig on Matchday 14.

After all, Gnabry knew what he was doing. With Leipzig two goals down and chasing the game, the attacking midfielder was aware that the visitors would intensify their already extraordinarily high-pressing game, pushing deeper into the Hoffenheim half in an attempt to win the ball back. In turn, that would create space behind the defence, space that the hosts' attackers could exploit.

Indeed, for his first goal - that put his side 2-0 up after Nadiem Amiri's opener - Gnabry had already taken full advantage of the space behind Leipzig's high line, latching onto Kevin Akpoguma's long ball, sprinting in behind and firing a powerful shot past Peter Gulacsi to round off a classic Bundesliga transition goal.

Nagelsmann made five changes to the side for the Leipzig game although, in what would prove a masterstroke, Gnabry was retained after being passed fit. The loanee responded to those demands for improvement in some style, putting an end to his own dry spell by scoring his first two goals for the club and his first competitive goals for any club since early May.

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