Fourth-placed RB Leipzig travel to 15th-placed Mainz 05 as they visitors look to stay on course for Champions League qualification.
Group League Table Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany
Key Stat: Despite being RB Leipzig's top goalscorer, Timo Werner has gone eight game without a goal.
Expert Verdict: Mainz made it three games in a row without defeat last weekend, fighting from 2-0 down to draw with Koln, but RB Leipzig - unbeaten in eight - will be a different proposition. Too many draws have proved costly for Leipzig this season, but they put eight past Mainz when they last met and will expect another three points from this one.
Jean-Philippe Mateta is back from suspension up front, while Taiwo Awoniyi could also come into the team after his goal sparked last weekend’s comeback in Cologne. Ji Dong-Won and Karim Onsiwo could make way.
Robin Quaison – The Swede has scored 12 goals in 25 games so far this season to lead Mainz’s goalscoring charts in the Bundesliga.
Taiwo Awoniyi – Stepped off the bench and scored his first goal of the season last weekend and he could now be pushing for a start as a result.
Florian Muller – Mainz conceded eight against Leipzig earlier this year, so the 22-year-old – continuing in place of injured Robin Zantner – is likely to be busy.
One defeat in six games has ensured a cushion between Mainz and the sides below them. They returned to action with a spirited draw in Cologne last weekend. After finding themselves two goals down, substitute Taiwo Awoniyi and midfielder Pierre-Kune Malong scored to earn Mainz a 2-2 draw.
Defenders:Bote Baku, Jeremiah St Juste, Moussa Niakhate, Aaron Martin
Midfielders:Edmilson Fernandes, Pierre-Kune Malong
Attacking Midfielders:Robin Quaison, Jean-Paul Boetius, Taiwo Awoniyi
Yussuf Poulsen started ahead of Patrik Schick last weekend and scored Leipzig’s goal in the draw with Freiburg. He could partner Timo Werner again as a result this weekend. RB Leipzig are likely to welcome Dayot Upamecano back, however, who is back from suspension.
Timo Werner – Scored three and set up three more when these teams last met, and the Germany striker (and Leipzig top scorer) will want to get back among the goals.
Yussuf Poulsen – Selected alongside Werner last weekend, the Dane scored the equalising goal. He scored one and set up another when these teams last met.
Marcel Sabitzer – Scored in each of Leipzig’s last two wins – twice against Spurs and once against Schalke 04.
After signing off with a 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, RB Leipzig returned to action with a 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg. Yussuf Poulsen scored their equalising goal to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.
Defenders:Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenburg
Midfielders:Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Sabitzer, Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Angelino
Forwards:Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner
Previous matches between these sides have been high-scoring ones, not least the match in Leipzig in November which the hosts won 8-0. Timo Werner scored a hat-trick, while Marcel Sabitzer, Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Halstenberg, Yussuf Poulsen and Nordi Mukiele were also on target in that win. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Nov 02, 2019: RB Leipzig 8-0 FSV Mainz 05
May 03, 2019: FSV Mainz 05 3-3 RB Leipzig
Dec 16, 2018: RB Leipzig 4-1 FSV Mainz 05
Apr 29, 2018: FSV Mainz 05 3-0 RB Leipzig
Dec 09, 2017: RB Leipzig 2-2 FSV Mainz 05
FSV Mainz 05 are unbeaten in their last three games and have made themselves hard to beat in recent matches too – enough to give them a bit of breathing space in the relegation battle.
But RB Leipzig – themselves on a good unbeaten run, albeit one in which they have drawn too many games – have the mental edge after November’s game.
Timo Werner was unstoppable that day, scoring three goals and setting up three more, and the striker will be desperate to end his goalscoring drought in this game.
Should the Germany international do that, Leipzig will start turning those draws into wins again and start to consolidate their top-four position.
Mainz, for their part, have been solid in recent matches as mentioned but their league position reflects the difficulties they have had at the back.
Recent results do suggest a change of momentum, but they could be under the cosh in this one – particularly with Leipzig keen to get back to winning ways.
It is tight at the top in the Bundesliga, and every draw has to be classed as two dropped points. Leipzig can not afford any more slip-ups.
RB Leipzig are big odds-on favourites for this match and can be backed at 7/17 to win with 10Bet.
You can bet against both teams to score at a generous 13/10 with Betfair.
Nevertheless, Leipzig managed eight when these teams last met and over 2.5 goals is worth 17/40 with Betway.
Of those eight, Timo Werner scored three. The Germany striker has gone eight games without a goal but he is 2/3 with Ladbrokes to score at any time in this game.
Mainz 05 have turned a corner recently, but RB Leipzig put eight past them earlier in the season and the visiting forwards will be hoping for a big impact again.
Correct score prediction: FSV Mainz 0-3 RB Leipzig
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