Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig and Wolfsburg will go head to head on Wednesday (7:45pm kick-off, UK time) for a place in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals.
Leipzig have seen off Nürnberg, Augsburg and Bochum without conceding a goal so far to make it to this round, while Wolfsburg have made it past FSV Union Fürstenwalde, Sandhausen and Schalke.
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Where to watch RB Leipzig vs Wolfsburg on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: RB Leipzig 1-2 Wolfsburg
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RB Leipzig vs Wolfsburg build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After seemingly losing the scent of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race, Leipzig have closed the gap to just two points thanks to winning five consecutive games in the competition, while the Bavarians took just two points from four games before hammering FC Köln 5-1 at the weekend. Although the league is the priority, Julian Nagelsmann will no doubt be keen to lift both his and Leipzig’s first-ever major trophy, a prospect that is that much more tantalising considering Bayern have already been knocked out of the Pokal.
But to reach the semi-finals, Leipzig must make it past a Wolfsburg side in red-hot form themselves. Oliver Glasner’s men have won seven and drawn three of their last 10 games across all competitions, while they’ve now kept eight consecutive clean sheets after beating Hertha Berlin 2-0 at the weekend. Aside from reaching the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals, Wolfsburg have also risen to third in the Bundesliga table, just five points adrift of Wednesday’s opponents and seven behind Bayern. Like Leipzig, the Wolves will also be keen to dust off a trophy cabinet that has remained untouched since 2015.
- RB Leipzig (vs Gladbach): Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Orban, Halstenberg; Sabitzer, Adams; Kluivert, Olmo, Nkunku; Poulsen.
- Wolfsburg (vs Hertha Berlin): Casteels; Mbabu, Lacroix, Pongracic, Otavio; Schlager, Arnold; Baku, Gerhardt, Steffen; Weghorst.
Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai are out for this one, while Angelino might also be unable to feature for RB Leipzig.
John Brooks is back following his suspension for Wolfsburg, while Josip Brekalo is still recovering from injury and is unlikely to feature.
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Players to watch:
- RB Leipzig: Unlike Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund, who have some lethal marksman at their disposal, Leipzig have had to share the goals around this season, with three players tied as the club’s top scorer with just five each in the Bundesliga. Yussuf Poulsen makes up a third of that trio after scoring Leipzig’s equaliser in a 3-2 comeback win over Gladbach at the weekend to end a nine-game personal drought in the league. More importantly, Poulsen has been Nagelsmann’s go-to guy in the cup this season, scoring in each of the previous three rounds so far, including a brace against Bochum in the last round to extend his tally to four goals in the competition. Poulsen has 10 career appearances against Wolfsburg under his belt and although he has never scored during that time, he has provided four assists. Can he find the net himself this time?
- Wolfsburg: The man most likely to be charged with keeping Poulsen quiet on Wednesday will be United States international centre-back, John Brooks. With a league-low 19 goals conceded in the Bundesliga this season, Wolfsburg have been defensive behemoths and Brooks has been central that effort, making more clearances (94) than any other player at the club, while also ranking second for aerial duels won (66) and third for interceptions (33). Brooks has also completed more passes (1,074) than any other Wolfsburg player and is third for long passes (93) — as much as he’ll need to keep Poulsen and Co quiet, the 28-year-old will also be expected to use his excellent ball-playing skills to launch Wolfsburg attacks and help the visitors establish some dominance in possession.
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