Last season’s finalists RB Leipzig return to DFB Pokal action on Tuesday and face-off with 2018 winners Eintracht Frankfurt, in what will surely be a fantastic game. Die Roten Bullen travel to the Commerzbank-Arena in an attempt to overturn a rather shaky run of form, having not won in the previous two games and losing their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.
The two sides previously met just a matter of weeks ago. In this match, Frankfurt defended very solidly, and Leipzig did not offer too much of a goal threat. This game among others, including their 5-1 demolition of Bayern Munich earlier this season, prove that Frankfurt offer a huge threat, and should not be taken lightly. This is despite their poor performance in the league this season, where they’re in 11th place, a far cry from their 7th place finish in the 2018/19 season.
Leipzig played Borussia Mönchengladbach in their previous outing, where they overcame a 2-goal deficit to draw 2-2. Although Leipzig fought back well, this result signalled the end of the clubs 6-week stint at the top of the Bundesliga. Bayern’s 3-1 win at Mainz saw the defending champions move into 1st place.
The last three losing finalists of the DFB Pokal have gone onto win the trophy the following season, and Leipzig did tremendously well to beat good Bundesliga opposition in Wolfsburg in the previous round 6-1. Timo Werner played a part in 4 goals in that game to give them their biggest ever Pokal victory, and it is not expected that he will be dropped for this huge game against Frankfurt on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen whether Dani Olmo will get his first start, but the Spain Under-21 international will be very hopeful after his substitute debut at the weekend. Dayot Upamecano sustained a knock against Borussia Möchengladbach at the weekend and did not train on Sunday or Monday as a precaution.
This game is of vital importance to Die Roten Bullen’s season, as the club are still in pursuit of their first cup win in their short history. Adi Hütter’s strong Frankfurt side will provide a stern test and Nagelsmann has previously struggled against their manager, losing 3 of his 4 outings against the former Red Bull Salzburg coach. It is crucial that RB Leipzig get a win in Frankfurt to ensure that heads do not drop further after relatively poor recent form.
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Kick-off: 18:30pm (CET)
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena (capacity: 51,500)
Referee: Felix Brych
Broadcasting: YouTube (worldwide), Sky Sport 2 (Germany)
19.02.18: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 RB Leipzig
23.09.18: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 RB Leipzig
09.02.19: RB Leipzig 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
25.08.2019: RB Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
25.01.20: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 RB Leipzig
Paderborn 07 (2-2) (A) | Hertha Berlin 2-1 (A) | Hoffenheim 1-2 (A) | RB Leipzig 2-0 (H) | Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1 (A)
Borussia Dortmund 3-3 (A) | Augsburg 3-1 (H) | Union Berlin 3-1 (H) | Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 (A) | Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 (H)
Injured: Gelson Fernandes (hip), Marco Russ (achilles tendon), Lucas Torró (thigh), Bas Dost (stomach)
Injured: Kevin Kampl (ankle), Ibrahima Konaté (hip), Willi Orban (knee)
Doubtful: Dayot Upamecano (knock)
Trapp – Touré, Hasebe, Hinteregger, Durm – Chandler, Kohr, Rode, Kostić – Kamada – Paciência (4-4-1-1)
Leipzig: Mvogo – Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño – Laimer, Adams – Sabitzer, Olmo, Werner – Schick (4-2-2-2)
“Leipzig are the favourites, but despite that, we beat them just 10 days ago and we’ll have another chance to do that tomorrow. We need to keep in mind what we managed to do in the second half the last time we played Leipzig. We’re obviously hoping to progress but so are Leipzig.”
“We know that we’ll have our fans behind us and also that we’ll have to play better than we did in Düsseldorf. It’s a knock-out match and we need to keep our focus, whether it goes for 90 minutes, 120 or all the way to penalties. We’re not going to go in all guns blazing.”
“The DFB Pokal game in Frankfurt means a lot to us. We want to reach the final again, because it was a great experience for our players and fans last season.”
“Sometimes, I just like to get players in there. So it’s good for them to get minutes. Dani’s [Olmo] already learnt a bit about how we do things and Angeliño comes to us from one of the best coaches in the world. Both will be able to help us straight away.”
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 RB Leipzig