The Europa League group stage hasn’t begun in the best of veins for RB Leipzig after succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the first round of fixtures. In hope of making amends and recuperating lost ground, Leipzig make a maiden voyage to Norway to face the Eliteserien’s perennial champions and current table-toppers Rosenborg.
Ever since the last-minute heartbreak on September 20, Leipzig’s season has had a rejuvenation of late, as they have picked up seven points out of a possible nine in the past week with wins against Stuttgart and Hoffenheim, as well as a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt to kick it all off. On their visit to Sinsheim at the weekend, Ralf Rangnick was able to tactically outclass Julian Naglesmann as his side became the first since Bayer Leverkusen in January to leave the Rhein-Necker Arena with three points, ending their nine-match unbeaten run at home in the process, thanks to an unorthodox brace from Yussuf Poulsen.
In the home corner, weighing in with 25 titles to their name and two stars above their crest, Rosenborg is the most successful club in Norweigan football, but they are considered the minnows of Group B and are currently placed where most would have anticipated they would finish due to Leigh Griffiths’ 87th-minute header that sent Celtic Park into an eruption and left their guests to leave Scotland empty-handed.
Coming into Thursday’s fixtures things don’t look great for the hosts. At the weekend their ten-game unbeaten streak came to an end as third-placed Molde secured 1-0 win to close the gap between them to nine points. On top of that, Rosenborg’s record against German teams doesn’t paint the prettiest of pictures, with them coming out victorious once in twelve meetings and have never achieved the feat in Trondheim.
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 (CEST)
Venue: Lerkendal Stadion (capacity: 28,150)
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
Broadcasting: DAZN (Germany) | BT Sport Extra (United Kingdom) | B/R Live (United States) | TV2 (Norway)
Vålerenga 2-3 (A) | Celtic 1-0 (A) | Sarpsborg 08 3-1 (H) | Vålerenga 2-0 (H) | Molde 1-0 (A)
Hannover 96 3-2 (H) | Red Bull Salzburg 2-3 (H) | Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 (A) | 2-0 Stuttgart (H) | Hoffenheim 1-2 (A)
Injured: Lukas Klostermann (knee) | Emil Forsberg (adductor)
Absent: Kevin Kampl (illness)
Hedensted – Hovland – Raginiussen – Gerbach
Denić – Jensen – Konradsen
de Lanley – Søderlund – Jebali
Mukiele – Orban – Upamecano – Saracchi
Ilsanker – Demme
Sabitzer – Bruma
Poulsen – Werner
Ralf Rangnick: “Trondheim is a team with a playful approach. They always try to find solutions with their play, both in build-up play and going forward.
We have to be stable and adapt to situations quickly. If we defend well as a team we can create good chances. We want to win this game and continue the good run we’ve started in the Bundesliga.”
Yussuf Poulsen: “Rosenborg had a great game against Celtic and only just lost. The team has a lot of quality. We know that we lost the first UEL group game, but we are coming into this game with a lot of confidence and want the win.”
Quotes via Twitter/@RBLeipzig_EN
Rosenborg 0-2 RB Leipzig