After their champions league heroics in mid-week, Leipzig turns their attention to the League as they bid to fight Bayern for the title.
The Red-Bull powered side who will be without their fans, welcome Freiburg to the Red Bull Arena in what is expected to be a must-win for the home team. They trail leaders Bayern by five points after picking draws in their last two league outings.
Freiburg meanwhile travels to the South West of Berlin on the back of an impressive 3:1 home win against Union Berlin.
The win took the visitors one place up the table to 8th place following Hoffenheim’sHoffenheim’s 1:1 draw with Schalke 04 last Saturday. They will look to continue their ascent up the table by picking up valuable points off the match as they look to gate crash on the last European spot available in the league table.
Julian Nagelsmann should be able to welcome back young defender Nordi Mukiele to the side after he was substituted in the mid-week match with Tottenham after been knocked on the face by a ball.
Willie Orban and Ibrahima Konate remain long term injuries while defender Tyler Adams (calf), and Ethan Ampadu (back injury) remain injury absentees.
Freiburg will be without Kwen Chang-Hoon, who continues to recover from a muscle tear. Amir Abrashi (hamstring), and Lukas Kubler remain the only long term absentees. Midfielder Mike Frantz is an injury doubt after falling ill.
Head to Head
The visitors seem to enjoy a superior head to head recorded in the last five matches between both sides as they have won three of the last five encounters between both sides in the League. They also did win 2:1 in the reverse fixture this season.
RB Leipzig go into the encounter on the back of two straight draws in the last two league games after recording three wins on the bounce in the League.
Freiburg meanwhile picked up just their second win in the last five league games after beating Union Berlin on game week 25.
RB Leipzig last five games in all competitions: WDDWW.
Freiburg last five games in all competitions: WLLDW
RB Leipzig still have their eyes on the Bundesliga title despite losing their grip on the top spot in recent times.
The home side have one of the best home form in the League, having lost just two of the last 30 home games while winning 18 of those, in the same period. Leipzig led at half time in 16 of those 18 wins. Even without their boisterous crowd to cheer them on, the home side will want to continue to dominate at home.
Julian Nagelsmann are one of the highest-scoring teams in the Bundesliga, having plundered 62 goals in the League so far. As a result, 77.78% of their home wins have ended with a two or more goals margin.
On the other end of the pitch, though, Leipzig seem a bit porous at home, having kept only two clean sheets in 12 home games so far. When considered from another perspective, when the ”Red Bulls’Bulls’ score first, they seem to go on to win, as evidenced by their five wins in the last five top-flight matches they have scored first.
Freiburg meanwhile are poor on the road as they have recorded just one win in their last ten away outings, drawing four and losing five.
Freiburg would be buoyed by the absence of the boisterous fans of the home side and will be hoping to pick up their first top-flight win in three tries in the Red Bull Arena.
The visiting keeper who can expect to be kept busy will hope to add to his impressive league-high 95 saves. He will also hope that they can come away with just their 6th clean sheet in the League this season.
Leipzig to win @ 1/4
Over 2.5 Goals @ 4/9
Timo Werner to Score @ 4/7