RB Leipzig will be looking to keep close to league leaders Bayern Munich when they travel to Stuttgart on the Bundesliga’s return this Saturday (7:30pm kick-off, UK time).
Stuttgart XI: Kobel; Stenzel, Anton, Kempf, Sosa; Mangala, Endo; Wamangituka, Castro, Gonzalez; Kalajdzic.
RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Adams, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino; Haidara, Olmo; Forsberg.
Where to watch Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 3
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Stuttgart 1-3 RB Leipzig
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Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Julian Nagelsmann’s side went into the mini-winter break in third, just two points behind Bayern and level alongside Bayer Leverkusen, in what appears to be another close title race.
Although Stuttgart are just four places below RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, there is quite a gap between the two sides this season, and a big difference in their fortunes. Stuttgart, back in the top flight, are 10 points behind their visitors this season, and have won just four of their opening 13 games, while only Eintracht Frankfurt have drawn more games than their six.
The youngest side in the Bundesliga this season, with an average age of 24.6 years in their starting XI, Stuttgart are yet to win at home in six attempts so far, drawing four and losing twice. However, they will feel positive about their start overall, not having a better record in the Bundesliga after 13 games (18 points) since 2011/12 when they managed 21.
RB Leipzig are also enjoying a good start to the Bundesliga, winning 28 points from their opening 13 games. They have only bettered this in their debut Bundesliga campaign (31) when they ultimately finished second, but Leipzig will be hoping they can go one better this time.
Die Roten Bullen have won eight of their opening 13 games, losing only once, to Borussia Monchengladbach in November. That away defeat has, unfortunately, has summed up their season so far, struggling on the road with just two wins from six compared to six victories in seven at home.
- Stuttgart (vs Wolfsburg): Kobel; Stenzel, Anton, Kempf, Sosa; Endo, Mangala; Wamangituka, Didavi, Gonzalez; Couliably.
- RB Leipzig (vs FC Koln): Gulacsi; Halstenberg, Orban, Upamecano; Mukiele, Kampl, Adams, Angelino; Haidara, Sabitzer; Poulsen.
Stuttgart will be without Hamad Al Ghaddioui and Erik Thommy, while Daniel Didavi, Atakan Karazor and Konstantinos Mavropanos are doubts.
Nagelsmann remains without Benjamin Henrichs, Hwang Hee-chan, Lukas Klostermann, Patrick Kluivert, Ibrahima Konate, Konrad Laimer and Christopher Nkunku. Nordi Mukiele is a doubt and new signing Dominik Szoboszlai is ineligible to play.
Players to watch:
- Stuttgart: Although Stuttgart’s rise to seventh has been a team effort, Silas Wamangituka has stood out more than the rest. The Congolese forward joined Stuttgart from Paris FC in 2019 and was directly involved in 15 goals (scoring seven, assisting eight) to help his new side return to the Bundesliga. But how would he fare in his first season in a top-tier, and just his third professional campaign? Quite well, it turns out. Playing mostly on the right wing, Wamangituka has already matched his goals tally for last season, scoring seven in 13 appearances and has added three assists so far. Shortly before the break, he was at the heart of Stuttgart’s 5-1 rout over Borussia Dortmund, scoring two and adding an assist. Can he put Leipzig to the sword this weekend?
- RB Leipzig: Die Roten Bullen continue to go from strength to strength under Nagelsmann and this season and their star performer so far has been Marcel Sabitzer. The Austrian midfielder isn’t a new addition to the Leipzig team, joining them in 2014 from Rapid Vienna. In 2019/20, he spent a lot of time on the wing but this season he has made the central midfield role his own, while also carrying the additional responsibility of captain. His performances so far, contributing at both ends of the pitch, have seen Sabitzer linked with a move to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Sabitzer scored twice against Spurs to knock them out of last season’s Champions League and won’t open talks with RB Leipzig about a new contract until the spring (his current deal runs out in 2022). One that many will be keeping an eye on as the January transfer window opens.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Stuttgart: LDWWL
- RB Leipzig: DWWDW
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