Preview - RB Leipzig vs Hamburg 27 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 27, 2018, 03:42 PM

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RB Leipzig vs Hamburg

Since creative playmaker Emil Forsberg was out injured with a stomach muscle tear in early December, RB Leipzig have been suffering in form. The runners-up from last season have only won one of their last six games.

Leipzig full-back Marcel Halstenberg is likely to miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season and the World Cup after suffering a knee ligament injury in training. The left-back tore the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during RB's behind-closed-doors training session on Tuesday.

RB Leipzig lost 2-1 to Freiburg last weekend, and they were without their midfield general Naby Keita. The Liverpool-bound man will return for this home match.

As for Hamburg, their form is much worse than RB Leipzig. They are yet to score a goal or pick up a point in 2018.

Walace, who scored in Hamburg's 3-0 win in Leipzig last February, could return alongside Lewis Holtby in the continued absence of Albin Ekdal, while Fiete Arp, who has been struggling with illness, is likely to make the bench.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 3-1 Hamburg


Match Stats:

  • RB Leipzig 1-1 Hamburg
  • Shots: 13-3
  • Possession: 55%-45%
  • Corner kicks: 3-3

Leipzig began at their customary furious pace as they looked to continue their excellent home form this season and wasted little time in taking the lead. Kevin Kampl robbed Aaron Hunt of possession in midfield and fed it to Marcel Sabitzer wide on the right. The Austrian Player of the Year for 2017 curled a superb cross to the back post, where was headed it in by Bruma. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side continued to dominate, but Hamburg equalised against the run of play when Filip Kostic latched onto Gideon Jung's through-ball before rounding Peter Gulacsi to tap in.

That goal - HSV's first in 2018 - energised the visitors and their belief grew further in the second half as they held their own against a strong home side, although they struggled to create any chances. Still, the best opportunity for a winner fell to the guests late on following a superb run by Kostic, but this time he was unable to get the better of Gulacsi from an acute angle. Both teams kept attacking until the final whistle but ultimately a draw was a fair result, even if a point is of little use to either side in their respective positions at opposite ends of the table.

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