RB Leipzig will be looking to keep their Bundesliga title hopes alive when they travel to Hertha Berlin on Sunday (2:30pm kick-off UK time). The
RB Leipzig will be looking to keep their Bundesliga title hopes alive when they travel to Hertha Berlin on Sunday (2:30pm kick-off UK time).
The Red Bulls are currently second, five points behind Bayern Munich with 13 games left to play, and will also be hoping to bounce back following defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek.
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Where to watch Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Hertha Berlin 0-3 RB Leipzig
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Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Hertha Berlin have been in the Bundesliga since 2013 and will have taken some pride in being the only capital club in Germany’s top flight. But Union Berlin’s promotion in 2019 gave them company in the capital, and now they are looking in danger of dropping out of the Bundesliga, losing the title of Berlin’s top club. Hertha Berlin have never been world beaters in the Bundesliga, with sixth being their highest finish, but they have been comfortable ever since establishing themselves. However, they are now just four points clear of the relegation zone and only outside the play-off spot on goal difference, in terrible form winless in seven.
It won’t be a good time for them to face an RB Leipzig side looking to make a statement following their Champions League defeat to Liverpool in midweek. Going up against a Liverpool team in bad form, RB Leipzig may have been confident of getting a positive result, but they were blown away by their Premier League counterparts and now face an uphill battle to reach the quarter-finals. But before they even start to plan for the second leg next month, attention must turn to the Bundesliga and the battle to at least keep their spot in the top four. RB Leipzig are currently in a comfortable position in the league, eight points clear of fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich’s closest title rivals. Given the way the Bundesliga season has gone, RB Leipzig may be confident of staying in the title race, but they will need wins to keep the pressure on.
- Hertha Berlin (vs Stuttgart): Jarstein; Pekarik, Stark, Alderete, Mittelstadt; Ascacibar, Tousart; Lukebakio, Guendouzi, Cunha; Piatek.
- RB Leipzig (vs Liverpool): Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano; Adams, Haidara, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino; Nkunku, Olmo.
Both sides go into this game without a handful of players. For Hertha Berlin, Dedryck Boyata, Jhon Cordoba, Javairo Dilrosun, Marvin Plattenhardt and Jordan Torunarigha are all injured, with Nemanja Radonjic is a doubt. RB Leipzig will be without Benjamin Henrichs, Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai, while Emil Forsberg is doubtful.
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Players to watch:
- Hertha Berlin: As Hertha welcome RB Leipzig to Berlin this weekend, Matheus Cunha may be hoping to get one over his former side. The Brazilian joined Hertha from Leipzig a year ago, after struggling to get consistent game time Saxony, often having to make do with substitute appearances. His 35 Bundesliga games over two years for Leipzig brought just 1,116 minutes played (an average of just under 32 minutes per match) and two goals. Since moving to Berlin, Cunha has found his feet and has already blown his Leipzig record out of the water. Despite playing five fewer games so far, Cunha has accumulated over double the minutes (2,342) at an average of 78 per match and has been directly involved in 14 goals, scoring 11 and recording three assists.
- RB Leipzig: The Red Bulls have the best defence in the Bundesliga this season, conceding just 18 goals in 21 games so far, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from their performance against Liverpool in midweek. But what better way to get things back on track than with a clean sheet, to which Peter Gulacsi will be key. Although the Hungarian leads the Bundesliga for clean sheets this season with 10, he hasn’t been the best goalkeeper in the division. Protected well by his defence and the way RB Leipzig play, Gulacsi has only had to face 52 shots on target from opponents (saving 35). His save percentage of 65.38% is relatively average among the Bundesliga goalkeepers, ranking him 13th when focusing on those to have faced at least 10 shots on target, and he is slightly underperforming compared to his expected goals on target conceded, which stands at 17.26 (a difference of +0.74).
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Hertha Berlin: DLLLL
- RB Leipzig: WWWLW
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