Wednesday night sees part two of the Julian Naglesmann derby trilogy as RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim come head-to-head in the DFB-Pokal second round. Having progressed to this stage in the competition with a 3-1 victory away to Viktoria Cologne, Leipzig will be hopeful of securing their place in the next round with a win at the Red Bull Arena.
As mentioned, the two sides met earlier this season and Die Roten Bullen took the spoils in a 2-1 win upon their trip to Sinsheim and the Rhein-Necker Arena. With a Yussuf Poulsen brace creating a two-goal deficit, an added-time penalty from Andrej Kramarić to prevented Leipzig from back-to-back clean sheets. In their previous five encounters, Hoffenheim have scored 13 goals, with five coming on their last visit to Leipzig.
Hoffenheim thoroughly enjoyed their outing over the past weekend by recording a resounding 4-0 triumph over Stuttgart with the assistance of an Ishak Belfodil brace – which made it four goals in nine appearances for the Algerian this season. The win improves their less than impressive form of late to two wins in their last five games.
Leipzig, on the other hand, come into this fixture in good form, despite consecutive 0-0 draws in the Bundesliga. Currently possessing the title of the best defensive record and the most shutouts, they are unbeaten in their last eight domestic matches since the defeat to Borussia Dortmund on matchday one and are looking to make it a ninth this week.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Kick-off: 20:45 (CET)
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Marco Fritz
Broadcasting: Sky Sport 6 (Germany), ESPN 3 (United States)
28.06.16: Hoffenheim 2-2 RB Leipzig
28.01.17: RB Leipzig 2-1 Hoffenheim
02.12.17: Hoffenheim 4-0 RB Leipzig
21.04.18: RB Leipzig 2-5 Hoffenheim
29.09.18: Hoffenheim 1-2 RB Leipzig
Rosenborg 1-3 (A) | Nuremberg 6-0 (H) | Augsburg 0-0 (A) | Celtic 2-0 (H) | Schalke 04 0-0 (H)
Manchester City 1-2 (H) | Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 (H) | Nuremberg 1-3 (A) | Olympique Lyon 3-3 (H) | Stuttgart 4-0 (H)
Injured: Emil Forsberg (groin strain)
Suspended: Marcelo Saracchi
Injured: Lukas Rupp (cruciate ligament rupture), Nadiem Amiri (fatigue fracture), Florian Grillitsch (bruised ankle), Benjamin Hübner (concussion)
Absent: Dennis Geiger (fitness)
Mukiele – Orban – Upamecano – Halstenberg
Sabitzer – Demme – Kampl
Poulsen – Cunha – Werner
Hoogma – Vogt – Posch
Kadeřábek – Bittencourt – Demirbay – Nelson – Schulz
Szalai – Kramarić
Ralf Rangnick: “It’s clear to us what Hoffenheim do well and what defines them as a squad, but we also know where their team is vulnerable. We’ve got to show that we can find the right way to break them down to give us the advantage on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s game features a Europa League club versus a Champions League club. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’ll try to put in a really good performance and give our all to reach the next round.”
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hoffenheim