Champions League participants RB Leipzig and Ajax square off at the Untersberg-Arena in Austria for a pre-season friendly on Saturday at 3pm (UK time).
Die Roten Bullen were second best in the Bundesliga last season while the Amsterdammers secured a record-extending 35th Eredivisie title.
RB Leipzig vs Ajax live stream:
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Scoreline prediction: RB Leipzig 1-1 Ajax
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RB Leipzig vs Ajax build-up & previous line-ups:
Here’s a crazy realisation: RB Leipzig as a club are yet to enter its teenage years. Controversy over their formation and how they are run in comparison to other Bundesliga outfits aside, it’s a stellar rise that has now seen them become Champions League qualification mainstays. Across the past three seasons, they’ve finished no lower than third, with their most recent campaign yielding the club’s best-ever top-flight position (second). But the loss of Julian Nagelsmann has sowed doubt in some observers’ minds of them maintaining this newfound status. Jesse March, who did good work at Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg, has been given that unenviable task of pushing undisputed German champions Bayern Munich all the way. Pre-season preparations started well with a narrow 1-0 win over Eredivisie side AZ but they’d follow that up with a 2-1 loss against former Ligue 1 champions Montpellier.
Pressure comes with the territory at Ajax where Erik ten Hag seeks a third consecutive Dutch championship. Last season, the Amsterdammers were relentless having won 28 of their 34 league matches and tasting just two defeats. Dusan Tadic and company would bag 102 goals — only the third occasion this century they smashed the 100-goal barrier — and conceded 23 times. De Godenzonen also helped themselves to another KNVB Cup but couldn’t recapture that Champions League form from a few seasons back. In turn, reaching the European Cup knockout phase is a major target for the Eredivisie champions, by adding Steven Berghuis from rivals Feyenoord, the hope is his added firepower could help them in reaching that goal. He came off the bench in their most recent pre-season friendly against Bayern and the expectation is Berghuis starts here.
- RB Leipzig (vs Montpellier): Martínez; Mukiele, Orbán, Bonnah, Angeliño; Kampl, Adams, Haidara; Hwang, Sørloth, Nkunku.
- Ajax (vs Bayern Munich): Pasveer; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Timber, Rensch; Gravenberch, Taylor, Labyad; Neres, Haller, Tadic.
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Player to watch: Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig)
This friendly could see an immediate reunion between Brian Brobbey and his former teammates. The 19-year-old marksman opted to leave Ajax earlier this year in pursuit of more regular playing time. Brobbey — who came up the ranks with current Ajax first-teamers Jurrien Timmer and Devyne Rensch — featured 19 times under Ten Hag last season and bagged six goals, with the most notable coming away to Lille in their Europa League round-of-32 first-leg game. There were reports he had signer’s remorse following Nagelsmann’s departure but that is seemingly no longer the case. Brobbey could feature here but the competition to lead Leipzig’s line is fierce. Alexander Sørloth is currently in possession of that ‘number nine’ spot and if the Amsterdam-born teenager is to usurp him — and Yussuf Poulsen — then he needs to hit the ground running whenever Marsch hands him that first opportunity.