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RB Leipzig hope they can recover from their Bundesliga defeat on day one if they are high-flying hosts Stuttgart Friday night.
Meanwhile, the guests want to secure their third win in a row in the new season across all competitions and add to the eleven goals they have already scored.
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Jesse March‘s first league game in Leipzig ended disappointingly when his team was beaten 0-1 on the opening weekend of the new season in the coronavirus hit Mainz 05.
The game was dubious initially with the hosts isolating 11 players and three staff, however a tip in the 12th Moussa Niakhate was enough to condemn the visitors to defeat. Interestingly, this goal was Niakhate’s sixth Bundesliga goal and his fourth on home soil against Leipzig.
Despite more than twice the number of shots on goal and 72% possession of the ball, the Red Bulls couldn’t find a way to break a resilient defensive line from Mainz.
Marsch comes from RB Salzburg in the summer and has the task of breaking the streak of nine consecutive Bundesliga titles of FC Bayern Munich, with the current defending champion now being managed by his predecessor Julian Nagelsmann.
Leipzig is going into its first home game of the new season after beating Stuttgart in five of the six competitive games, the other game ended in a draw.
The Red Bulls – who won both duels against Stuttgart last season without conceding a goal – had the third-best Bundesliga home record last season with eleven wins and four draws from 17 games in the Red Bull Arena and their first three points of the new season on Friday.
In stark contrast, the Stuttgart team started the new season brilliantly, because after a 6-0 win against BFC Dynamo in the first round of the DFB Cup, there was a comfortable 5-1 home win against promoted Fürth on Saturday.
A bracket of Marc-Oliver Kempf as well as strikes by Wataru Endo, Philipp Klement and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui helped the hosts to the first three points of the season and to their first opening win in the Bundesliga since 2011/12.
After leading his team to promotion from the second division in 2019-20 and achieving an impressive ninth place in the highest season last season, Stuttgart was head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo hopes for a third successful campaign at the top.
The Swabians are going into their first away game against Leipzig after they have never beaten them and only scored a single goal in their 3-1 home defeat in February 2019.
However, Matarazzo’s men have shown great form in front of goal so far this season, hitting the net 11 times in their two games.
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Leipzig trio Benjamin Henrichs, Marcelo Saracchi and Ademola Lookman are likely to fail anyone with knee injuries while Marcel Halstenberg continues to recover from an ankle problem.
striker Alexander Sorlot Out due to illness last weekend, but the Norwegian is expected to play on Friday despite being newly recruited André Silva will likely be ahead of the game from the start.
Attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, who is associated with an exit in the summer, did not take part in any test matches in the pre-season, but was substituted on last weekend and could sit off the bench again against Stuttgart.
Experienced Swedish international Emil Forsberg is expected to play in the role of number 10 ahead of him, with support in midfield from Christopher Nkunku and Amadou Haidara.
As for Stuttgart, Matarazzo has to contend with several first-team absents, including Sasa Kalajdzic, Nikolas Nartey and Tanguy Coulibaly, all of which tested positive for the coronavirus.
Naouirou Ahamada (Calf), Momo Cisse (Ankle), Lilian Egloff (Foot), Chris Fuhrich (Break of collarbone), Orel Managala (Hip) and Silas Katompa Mvumpa (Knee) are also excluded in the event of injuries.
Dutch teenage striker Mohamed Sankoh is the last name added to the treatment table as he was tolerated with a knee ligament injury in the second half against Furth.
It is therefore unlikely that Matarazzo will make too many changes to the starting XI he named last weekend.
RB Leipzig possible starting line-up:
Gulacsi; Mukiele, Simakan, Orban, Angelino; Adams, Kampl; Haidara, Forsberg, Nkunku; Silva
Stuttgart possible starting line-up:
Miller; Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf; Massimo, Endo, Karazor, Sosa; Forster, Klimowicz; Al Ghaddioui
Probability: RB Leipzig 2-1 Stuttgart
Despite the absence of some first-team players, Stuttgart had no problem finding the net and winning games, but Friday’s encounter will be more challenging than the previous two games.
Leipzig want to recover from the defeat on the first day and we can see that they are taking all three points on home soil.
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