RB Leipzig vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Bundesliga – This derby in the 13th round of Bundesliga will be played in Leipzig, between two teams that are in positions for the Champions League next season. Borussia is somewhat better, and they occupy the excellent second place with four points more than Leipzig. Leipzig is, on the other hand, much more successful in the Cup, from which Borussia was eliminated, and the host of this duel is also playing in Europa League. They are in a very unpleasant situation after a defeat in Salzburg and their placement in the knockout stage is questionable, while they were also defeated in the previous round. Borussia has made three wins, and last season’s duel of their rivals in Leipzig ended with 2-2.
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia M’gladbach begins 02.12.2018 at 15:30 CET
Looking at the table, Leipzig can be satisfied with the current part of the season, but it seems they are in a small downfall now. They have celebrated only once in the last four games, and they have lost three times and their defeats in Europa League are particularly painful, where they are now close to elimination. They have lost in two difficult matches away, first by Celta and then on Thursday against Salzburg, so they now have three points less than the Scottish champion, which is in second place on the table.
To get to the knockout stage, they need to defeat Rosenborg, which is the easiest part of the job because Salzburg has to celebrate in Glasgow. They were defeated in the last round in the championship in Wolfsburg as well as in Salzburg with 1-0, with the proviso that their composition is quite modified. Now coach Rangnick will surely make a series of changes in a team, while Forsberg is definitely out of action.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Konate, Orban, Saracchi – Demme, Ilsanker – Kampl, Sabitzer – Y.Poulsen, Ti.Werner
Borussia has no European obligations, unlike their host, and of course it makes it easier for them to play these championship matches. They are currently at a great second place, mostly thanks to their excellent games at home. They have made a maximum of six wins, with a great goal difference. In the last round they received a goal by Hannover at the opening of the game, but they did that did not throw them out of the rhythm and they eventually scored four goals for a new safe win.
But Borussia is not only celebrating in M'gladbach, because this team also has two guest triumphs, so they two rounds ago celebrated in Bremen with 3-1. When we add a victory over Fortuna, those are three triumphs in a row, and are therefore firmly in second place, and the second most efficient team in the league. What is bad in their victory over Hannover is the injury of centre-back Ginter, who will not be able to play in this duel, so Jantschke jumps in. Hofmann is also having problem, so Kramer could play instead.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Lang, Jantschke, Elvedi, Wendt – Strobl, Kramer, Neuhaus – T.Hazard, Plea, Stindl
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Leipzig has lost three games in a short period of time, but all were away, while they are much better on their field and we expect them to prove it in this match. Borussia is in a good rhythm, though they are playing much better at home, so they could lose in Leipzig.
Pick: Leipzig wins
Odds: 2.00 at bethard (down to 1.90 can be played)
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