Preview - RasenBallsport Leipzig cs Borussia Moenchengladbach 02 December 18

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Match Day 13
RasenBallsport Leipzig vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RasenBallsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: D D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.83
Average goals against per match: 0.83
Top Scorer: Yussuf Poulsen & Timo Werner (6)

Borussia Moenchengladbach:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.50
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Thorgan Hazzard & Alasane Pléa ( 8 )

We have a big one at the Red Bull Arena this weekend in the Bundesliga as fourth placed RB Leipzig play host to second placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, with both sides looking to both maintain their positions in the top four, and keep tabs on league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

This game finished in a 2-2 draw last season, with RB Leipzig coming out on top 1-0 in the reverse fixture.

Creative midfield man Emil Forsberg is the only confirmed absentee for the hosts. Borussia Moenchengladbach must do without Mamadou Doucouré.

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their last seven here at home in the league - winning five. They have ben particularly impressive at the back here of late and will be looking for their fifth home clean sheet on the sin in this one

Borussia have been solid if not spectacular on the road this season, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six games to date. They will need to up their points per game away ratio if they are to maintain a push for the title. Both sides have scored in eight of Borussia's last nine games on the road in the league.

This looks evenly poised. Borussia are in the marginally better form of the sides, but home advantage is a firm factor in favour of Leipzig. We will take a score draw in this one.

Prediction: RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 - 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 10 - 6
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

Diego Demme and Dayot Upamecano were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Markus Schmidt also taking the names of Lars Stindl abd Denis Zakaria of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

A solid win for the home side and something of a statement victory in beating one of the sides currently above them in the table. They deserved it too with the visitors having few answers in the first half in particular.

Leipzig were off to a flyer in this one, taking the lead in just the third minute. A determined forward run form Timo Werner ending with the striker receiving the ball in the right-hand side of the area from Marcel Sabitzer and firing hard and low into the bottom left.

Having scored right at the start of the first half, Werner doubled his sides lead on the stroke of half-time. Yussuf Poulsen beating his man in the centre of the park and racing through on goal. Poulsen slightly lost his balance when rounding the outrushing keeper Yann Sommer, but there was Werner on hand to slot into the empty net. 2-0 at the break, and in truth it could easily have been more.

The second half was a far more even affair as the visitors adjusted their tactics slightly and kept a lid on Leipzig. The damage had already been done by that stage though and the home side took the points.

Leipzig move up to third on the back of this win and are now just one point adrift of second placed Borussia Moenchengladbah. Leipzig fell away late last season, will they be able to maintain their run this time around?

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