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May 16, 2020 at 2.30pm UK at Red Bull Arena
RB Leipzig
1-1
Freiburg
Poulsen (77')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Gulde (34')

Preview: RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg - prediction, form guide, head-to-head record

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between RB Leipzig and Freiburg, including predictions, form guide and possible lineups.

RB Leipzig will be looking to keep up the pressure on the top two when they host Freiburg on their return to Bundesliga action this weekend.

The Red Bulls are a point behind Borussia Dortmund and five adrift of leaders Bayern Munich, while Freiburg crept back into the top half before the coronavirus pandemic struck.


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RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner pictured in January 2020© Reuters

Leipzig had momentum on their side when football across Europe was brought to a halt in March after going seven matches without a defeat.

Indeed, Julian Nagelsmann's men beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in their most recent outing to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time ever.

While the resumption of UEFA's flagship competition still seems a long way off, the Bundesliga will become the first of Europe's major leagues to resume this weekend.

Leipzig did play out back-to-back league draws prior to their European win over Tottenham, so Nagelsmann will be keen to see his side get back to winning ways in Saturday's behind-closed-doors clash.

Freiburg will not make things easy for their opponents, though, having returned to winning ways themselves last time out with a 3-1 home victory over Union Berlin.

That win lifted Christian Streich's side into eighth place, just a point behind Schalke 04 in seventh place, which is enough for a Europa League qualifying berth.

Freiburg attacker Luca Waldschmidt pictured in October 2019© Reuters

However, Freiburg were being discussed as possible top-four outsiders following a strong start to the season that saw them occupy fourth place after gameweek 12.

They have since won only four of their last 13 matches, including that battling victory at home to Union on March 7.

That was a long time ago now, of course, and it remains to be seen just what standard both sets of players will be in following a prolonged break.

What is for certain is that Leipzig will need star man Timo Werner fit and firing right from the off if they are to remain hot on the heels of Bayern, who have the disadvantage of playing the following day.

With six clean sheets in their last seven matches in all competitions, Nagelsmann's men have a perfect platform to push on over the remaining weeks of this disjointed season.

RB Leipzig's Bundesliga form: DDWWDD
RB Leipzig's form (all competitions): WWWDDW

Freiburg's Bundesliga competition form: LWDLLW


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RB Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer celebrates scoring their first goal on March 10, 2020© Reuters

Werner was struggling with a thigh injury in March but is understood to be fully recovered in time for the big Bundesliga restart.

Fellow attacker Emil Forsberg has tonsillitis and is expected to sit this one out, however, and in-demand defender Dayot Upamecano is suspended.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Marcel Sabitzer and Patrick Schick, who have unspecified minor injuries, while Ibrahima Konate is not fully fit but should still start.

As for Freiburg, Christian Gunter and Manuel Gulde have recovered from respective muscle and ankle injuries.

Lukas Kubler underwent knee surgery earlier this year and is still on the comeback trail, though Streich otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from.

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Klostermann, Konate, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Laimer, Sabitzer, Angelino; Schick, Nkunku; Werner

Freiburg possible starting lineup:
Schwolow; Koch, Gulde, Heintz; Gunter, Hofler, Haberer, Schmid; Waldschmidt, Sallai, Holer


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We say: RB Leipzig 1-0 Freiburg

Leipzig have drawn too many games during their ongoing unbeaten run and need to hit the ground running if they are to get their title charge back on track. Freiburg have slipped down the division since their strong start, but they remain contenders for a Europa League spot and will not be easy to overcome.


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Who will win Saturday's clash between RB Leipzig and Freiburg?

RB Leipzig
Draw
Freiburg
RB Leipzig
78.7%
Draw
14.8%
Freiburg
6.6%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern29214486285867
2Borussia DortmundDortmund29186580354560
3RB Leipzig291610374314358
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach30175857362156
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen29175754361856
6Wolfsburg2911994136542
7Hoffenheim29126114048-842
8Freiburg30118113941-241
9Hertha Berlin29108114350-738
10Schalke 04Schalke29910103446-1237
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt29105144953-435
12FC Koln29104154656-1034
13Augsburg2987144056-1631
14Union BerlinUnion Berlin2994163452-1831
15Mainz 052984173762-2528
16Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf2969143158-2727
17Werder Bremen2967163062-3225
18SC PaderbornSC Paderborn2947183261-2919

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