Leipzig could only fashion a draw with Freiburg when they faced off last time, but should have enough in their closet to see off lowly Mainz on Sunday.
Date: Sunday, May 24
Kick-off: 14:30 pm
Venue: Opel Arena
Mainz might have showed great resolve to battle back from two goals down and snatch a draw with Cologne last weekend, but they face another very stern test in Leipzig at their background, as the battle to stay up intensifies.
The hosts have lost just one of their last six league games, and for the first time this season managed to go three successive games without suffering a defeat after the 2-2 turnout.
For Leipzig, The Red Bulls travel to Mainz having now posted three consecutive stalemates that have looked to derail their ambitions for the season. Nevertheless, their biggest ever win in the Bundesliga had come against this opposition, when they put eight unreplied goals past them in November last year.
Robin Zentner is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and is the host’s only injury concern.
Stefan Bell is available again after seven months out with an ankle problem.
Emil Forsberg has been diagnosed with tonsillitis, and is not available for this game.
Ethan Ampadu is struggling with a back injury and is rated doubtful.
In their past seven competitive meetings, Leipzig has won four times, drawing twice. Mainz have a solitary win to their name.
Mainz last five games in all
competitions: D L W D D
Leipzig last five matches in all
competitions: W W D D D
It is well expected Leipzig should have just enough to cart home all three points here, having stuttered in their bid to mount a push for the title. They remain very much the bookmakers favourites here, with odds of 4/9 for a straight win buttressing just that.
Also, Leipzig will very much fancy their chances of racking up the goals here. The visitors have already scored as many goals as they managed across the whole of last season (63). Four more would break their club-record 66-goal return of 2016/17 season, so expect to see fireworks at the Opel Arena as they look to achieve that. Over 2.5 match goals is also priced 4/9, while you can get even better odds of 23/20 for over 3.5.
On the goalscoring markets, Timo Werner will be out to end an eight-game goalless run for RB Leipzig having struggled in the final third in recent times. He is 4/6 to score anytime here and 5/2 to open the scoring.