Champions League-chasing RB Leipzig have a six-point cushion on fifth place with three rounds of games left, but the onus is on their visitors, Fortuna Duesseldorf to try and preserve their topflight status.
Date: Wednesday June, 17
Kick-off: 19: 30
Venue: Red Bull Arena
RB Leipzig have their sights firmly placed on securing Champions League football for next season, and showed that resilience when beating Hoffenheim 2-0 away from home last time out.
It was Daniel Olmo that popped up with the decisive goals in Sinsheim, giving the third-placed team their 17th league win of the season, and ensuring they have remained unbeaten in their last 13 competitive games.
For Fortuna, conceding a late, late goal to Borussia Dortmund last time out really hit hard, and has compounded matters for Uwe Rösler’s team, leaving them teetering above the automatic drop zones and on the relegation play-off spot just on goal difference alone.
Thus, even if fellow relegation candidates Werder Bremen lose to Bayern Munich later this evening, Die Flingeraner could still slip into the bottom two, unless they get a positive result in Leipzig.
Can they upset the odds and get a first-ever victory over Leipzig which keeps their heads afloat, or will their opposition land the final blow that ultimately sinks them with a routine win?
Yussuf Poulsen who is ruled out with an
ankle injury is Julian Naglesmann’s only serious injury concern though Ethan Ampadu is still struggling with his back injury.
Niko Gießelmann is suspended for picking up five yellow cards for the season.
Oliver Fink is out of this game with a calf injury while Zack Steffen is still classed as out due to a knee injury.
Head to Head
Leipzig have won four of the five competitive games in history with Fortuna, including a 3-0 in the reverse fixture, and have drawn once. Fortuna Dusseldorf thus, are still searching for that maiden victory over their opposition.
RB Leipzig last five competitive games: WDWDW
Fortuna Dusseldorf last five competitive games: DWLDL
Leipzig romped to a 3-0 victory the last time these two met, and with the form of both sides in consideration, anything short of such type of emphatic victory for the hosts will be viewed as a failure for them. Moreover, they will hardly want to give the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach a chance at reeling them in, so expect them to deliver on the modest 1/4 odds offered for their outright win here.
Only the two top sides, Bayern and Dortmund have scored more goals than Leipzig so far, so expect this gayme to have goals to back it up. The Red Bull outfit have scored atleast twice in six of their last seven games against Fortuna Duesseldorf in all league meetings since their first in October 2016. An outcome of over 2.5 goals is priced 4/11.
Looking for big value bets? Only Robert Lewandowski (30), Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho (17) have scored more goals than Fortuna’s striker Rouwen Hennings (14) thus far. The German is 23/10 to score anytime here, and one might be tempted to take a plump on him finding the net.
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