Julian Nagelsmann’s season debut with RB Leipzig has been remarkable as expected, especially in the Champions League, in which they have progressed to the quarter final. Unfortunately, in Bundesliga, they have not succeeded to overthrow the reigning Champions Bayern yet, despite the internal chaos in Bavaria earlier this season, and still stay on the third beneath Dortmund. With five points differences from Bayern, Timo Werner and Co have to struggle to even climb to the second as their form was not consistent yet at home or away match. This weekend they will be hosting Freiburg, one of the current dark horses. They are recently on the seventh of the table.
The teams’ latest news
RB Leipzig’s last fixture before the break was in the Champions League. They beat Tottenham Hotspur three goals to nil. Such could be their consolation after two consecutive draw previously against Wolfsburg and Leverkusen. Yet, Nagelsmann needs to maximise his team’s potential immediately to win at least one title as their current top scorer and star, Timo Werner, is set to leave German soil for joining Liverpool next season.
Meanwhile, Freiburg was able to be slowly in progress to approach Europa League zone. Their last fixture before the break was a 3-1 win over Union Nerlin. With nine games left, Niels Petersen and Co know only victory can help them secure a spot for continental competition next season.
Julian Nagelsmann has opted for various formation from 4-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-1-4-2, 3-4-2-1 to 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2. For this crucial return, deploying more offensive formation would be a good start with the hope to seal a big win if possible.
On the other hand, Christian Streich is likely to be in favour of a more pragmatic formation to create frustration among Leipzig front men while stepping into their defensive line. The 3-4-2-1 or 4-4-2 formation might be more suitable for this game.
Players to watch
In Leipzig’s squad, Timo Werner surely is the main key figure with twenty one goals and seven assists. Other notable names lately are the Frenchman Christopher Nkunku and the Austrian midfielder who excels at long shots, Marcel Sabitzer. He has netted eight goals and provided five assists in Bundesliga.
In Freiburg, their current top performers this season are the defender Nicolas Hofler, the main forward Niels Petersen with eight goals and two assists and left wing back Christian Gunter.
This fixture will be another test for both teams, whether they deserve to be on the higher level than they are now. A three-point for the host could keep them in a title race with Dortmund and Bayern, while a win for Christian Streich’s men means they could topple Schalke and compete for at least one spot in Europe next season.
This game should not be as tough as one imagine. Julian Nagelsmann’s men are priced to win at 1.29, which is far away from the visitor’s win market is only at 9.75. The odds for the draw result are at 5.65.