RB Leipzig welcomes Mainz 05 for a Bundesliga clash at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon (14:30 UK time).
Both teams, who are seeking a return to successful ways, come into this latest round of fixtures separated by one place and two points. Mainz sit in ninth place on 24 points while RB Leipzig are 10th on 22 points.
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RB Leipzig team news
A sluggish beginning cost Jesse Marsch his RB Leipzig managerial job. The Wisconsin-born tactician lasted for only 14 games after picking up just five wins and suffering no fewer than six losses. He left them languishing in 11th with just a few points above the relegation places. Since appointing Domenico Tedesco they’ve crept up to 10th — picking up four points across three matches — which means they’ve produced their worst first half of a Bundesliga season with 22 points, never before had Leipzig accumulated fewer than 28 points in this period. With seven defeats, Die Roten Bullen have suffered as many losses as in the entire previous season. Tedesco. who has won both of his Bundesliga home matches against Mainz, comes into this latest fixture missing a number of players. Amadou Haidara and Ilaix Moriba are both on international duty while Emil Forsberg and Marcel Halstenberg are ruled out through injury.
RB Leipzig predicted XI: Gulacsi; Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol; Klostermann, Adams, Kampl, Angelino; Nkunku, Szoboszlai; Silva.
Mainz team news
A run of two wins across their previous seven Bundesliga outings has left Mainz in ninth place. Bo Svensson’s men have accumulated 24 points meaning with 17 matches remaining this season they are three points off sixth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt who occupy a Conference League Qualifier spot. Recent history in this fixture has been kind to FSV as they’ve won their last two German top-flight games against RB Leipzig; this coming on the back off winning only one of the previous nine Bundesliga matches against them. However, they enter this week’s game having lost three league away games in a row, which is as many as they had in 13 previous road trips combined. If they are to end this rut then Svensson must do without the injured Dominik Kohr while Marcus Ingvartsen, Jeremiah St. Juste and Ádám Szalai are doubts.
Mainz predicted XI: Zentner; Bell, Hack, Nemeth; Widmer, Barreiro, Stach, Lee, Martin; Burkardt, Onisiwo.
Bundesliga 2021/22 recent form:
- RB Leipzig: LDWLL
- Mainz: LWLWL
Scoreline prediction: RB Leipzig 2-1 Mainz
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