Preview - RB Leipzig vs Borussia Mönchengladbach 02 February 20

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Match Day 20
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday, February 2nd 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W D W W L
Average goals per match: 2.68
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (20)

Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.89
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (7)

No doubt about the big game of the weekend in the Bundesliga. It comes at the Red Bull Arena, as current league leaders RB Leipzig play host to the side who led the way in the early stages - and currently reside in third spot - Borussia Mönchengladbach. With only two points between the sides headed into the game, Gladbach could leapfrog Leipzig should they pick up the win in this one.

This went Leipzig's way last season, with the home side picking up a 2-0 win. RB were also on top in the reverse fixture when registering an impressive 3-1 success on the road at Gladbach.

Willi Orban and Kevin Kampl are out injured for the home side whilst Matheus Cunha is away on international duty. Gladbach are expected to be without Ramy Bensebaini and Tony Jantschke.

Lepzig are looking to bounce back having surprisingly suffered defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. They have lost just the once at home this season though, and head into this seeking a sixth win on the spin in front of their own fans. They have scored 21 and conceded four across those five previous victories.

Gladbach have been struggling on the road with just the one win in their past six away fixtures - failing to even score in four of those games.

Gladbach were in much better form when losing to Leipzig earlier in the season and it would be a surprise to see them win here. The visitors will likely to be set up to frustrate, but we still see the home side finding a way through.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 2 - 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 18 - 7
Shots on target: 8 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 64% - 36%

Timo Werner was the only player booked for the home side in this one. Alassane Plea of the visitors was dismissed for a second yellow card on the hour mark, whilst Florian Neuhaus, Nico Elvedi and Breel Embolo all also had their names taken by referee Tobias Stieler.

Neither side was prepared to sit back here, with both sides going for the jugular from the off. Leipzig in particular swarming the Gladbach box at times.

It was however the away side who struck first in the 24th minute. Lovely sweeping move from right to left, ending with Oscar Wendt playing the ball back in from the left to tee up Alassane Plea. Plea finishing low to the right-hand side from around twelve yards out and slightly to the left.

The visitors then doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break. A terrible ball out of defence going straight to Florian Neuhaus who immediately played it to Jonas Hofmann in the area. Hofmann cutting inside his marker and slotting home into the bottom right from close to the penalty spot. 0-2 at the break.

The hosts pulled one back five minutes into the second half thanks to a rare error from Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer. Coming to gather a ball in from the left, Sommer collided with his own defender and spilled the ball. Patrik Schick the man on hand to slot home from ten yards.

Then came the dismissal of Plea. His first booking for a foul and his second for his reaction to the first. Oh dear Alassane.

Gladbach under the kosh from there on in, but they nearly hung on. Nearly.

The equaliser finally arrived in the 89th minute. A ball in from the right cleared, but only as far as Christopher Nkunku around 22 yards out and slightly to the left. Nkunku taking a touch and unleashing a rocket of a strike into the top right corner.

2-2 final score.

These two dropped points see RB Leipzig lose their place at the top of the table. They now lie second but just one point behind Bayern Munich. Solid point on the road for Gladbach who lie two points further back in fourth.

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