RB Leipzig return to the Red Bull Arena this Sunday looking to keep their perfect start intact on matchday two when they face Eintracht Frankfurt. After a successful campaign last season which saw Leipzig side finish up in third, they have started the new season in the same fashion and find themselves up in second place. Eintracht Frankfurt also secured a win in their opening game of the season, but find themselves down in seventh due to goal difference. Both encounters between these sides last season ended in draws.
RB Leipzig’s opening win of the season came as no surprise with them facing a newly-promoted side in Union Berlin, who lacked the quality to trouble the Leipzig defence. After 90 minutes, Julian Nagelsmann’s men had secured a comfortable 4-0 win. All four goals came from different players in Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer, Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku. This victory marked Leipzig’s second win in as many games. Prior to their opening day Bundesliga fixture, Leipzig face Vfl Osnabruck in the DFB Pokal and secured a 3-2 win.
Eintracht Frankfurt finished last season in seventh place and will be hoping they can break into the top six this term to qualify for the Europa League group stages. Adi Hütter’s men got a tough game out of the way during their opening fixture, as they went up against Hoffenheim and secured a narrow 1-0 win thanks to an early strike from Martin Hinteregger. The score may have only ended 1-0, but Frankfurt dominated the game and could have easily added two or more goals to their tally. This victory marked the fourth consecutive win for Adi Hütter’s men, following back-to-back wins against FC Vaduz and a 5-3 win over SV Waldhof.
These two sides drew to one another on both occasions last season, scoring just two goals across both meetings. Also, Frankfurt showed their defensive strength during their last fixture, keeping a clean sheet whilst only scoring one goal.
Timo Werner bagged 16 goals for Leipzig last season and already has one to his name after their opening fixture.
Last season this fixture proved to be a close one with limited goals being scored and both sides kept clean sheets in their previous outings, showing their defensive strength.
Eintracht Frankfurt have won all five of their previous five away fixtures.
RB Leipzig lost their previous home game.
Three of the six meetings between these sides have ended in draws, while RB Leipzig have emerged victorious on two occasions in comparison to Frankfurt’s one.
After a promising first game, we expect to see the same 3-4-3 formation that faced Union Berlin with minimal changes to the side. Christopher Nkunku could get a starting spot this weekend after he bagged a goal from the bench against Union Berlin. Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer should form the front three this weekend, with both Werner and Sabitzer bagging goals last time out. The hosts will be without Dayot Upamecano, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Hannes Wolf, who are all out injured.
Ante Rebić failed to find the back of the net against Hoffenheim, but expect to see him up front after his hat-trick in the DFB Pokal. Frankfurt will also be with a handful of players through injury which include Djibril Sow, Jonathan de Guzman (knee) and Marco Russ (Achilles).