Timo Werner is set to fire RB Leipzig on top of the Bundesliga table once the league returns

Bundesliga: The Red Bulls’ Challenge Starts Here

RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg

Football returns to the Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon when Leipzig hosts Freiburg in one of the big matches of the weekend.

Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg is a game we’ll be covering on Saturday to see how one of the three teams with a realistic chance of winning this season’s title restarts its campaign. Julian Nagelsmann’s Red Bulls sit in third place, a point behind Borussia Dortmund and five behind FC Bayern.

Borussia Monchengladbach fans would argue their case, but with a point further back in fourth place and with three giants of the game to chase down, I think it will be a step too far for Die Fohlen.

The RB Leipzig vs  SC Freiburg betting odds point to a home win, with the hosts at 1.33 to win, SC Freiburg at 8.50 and the draw at 5.00. But no-one would say this opening fixture will be a walkover for die Roten Bullen.

The visitors have plenty to play for as they are chasing a Europa League spot. They are currently in eighth place in the Bundesliga table and a single point behind sixth place Schalke, who face BVB on Saturday.

 

Talking Points

Werner can fire Red Bull to glory

He’s one of the hottest properties in European football with clubs from the Premier League queuing up to tempt him to England, but Timo Werner has one thing in mind at the moment – to score the goals the Red Bulls need to mount a serious challenge.

He’s already bagged 21 in the league and is in a two-man race for the Golden Boot with FC Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.

The 24-year-old has benefited from the outstanding form of Christopher Nkunku. The French midfielder has provided 13 assists and at 22 years of age, he too has many admirers.

Nkunku played alongside Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain and has a magical array of skills which he uses to terrify opposing defences.

So after a rapid rise to the top of the German football pyramid and with players like these, RB Leipzig have a genuine chance of winning the title with SBOBET odds of 11.00 to win their first Bundesliga.

They come into this game on the back of two league draws with tough games against Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. And just before the break, Leipzig advanced into to quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Austrian forward Marcel Sabitzer scored a brace as they charged into the last eight with a 4-0 aggregate win over Premier League club Spurs.

Marcel Sabitzer is set to render his services as RB Leipzig hosts SC Freiburg for their Bundesliga match-up

RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer celebrates scoring their first goal against Tottenham Hotspur at the Red Bull Arena

Can Freiburg rediscover their form?

Head coach Christian Streich has led Freiburg to the brink of European qualification, but they have been dogged by inconsistency of late with two wins, two defeats, and a draw from the last five games. In fact, they had won just three and lost six of their last 11 Bundesliga matches.

Some of the defeats were hard fought against top sides, including a 1-0 reversal away to Borussia Dortmund on the last day of February. But they were slammed 4-0 by Cologne at the beginning of the month.

The visitors will rely on striker Nils Petersen to stretch the Leipzig defence, while left back Christopher Gunter is a key man in both defence and attack where he has made six assists. However, he is carrying an injury and Streich is sweating on his fitness.

 

History

The head-to-head RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg results make decent reading for the underdogs with four wins each and a draw in the nine previous meetings.

But while Freiburg’s recent form has been patchy, Nagelsmann’s team is unbeaten in six in the league, losing just once in the last 16 league games since their last meeting with Freiburg.

Streich’s team won that return fixture in October by a 2-1 score line, with top scorer Petersen striking in the 90th minute. But the Red Bulls won by the same score in this fixture last April and have not lost in four at home to Freiburg.

The visitors have struggled badly on the road, winning just one of their last ten away league games.

 

Betting Tip

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RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg2-3 goals @ 2.09
May 16, 21:30 (GMT+8)

It’s difficult to predict how games behind closed doors will go, but the pre-break form of both these sides lead us to believe this will be a home win.

For an alternative bet, Red Bull Leipzig to win -1.50 @ 1.98 looks to be good value, but I’m hedging on the number of goals.

I don’t think there will be a handful and Leipzig have conceded just one in the last six games, so my pick for a score-line would be 2-0 at odds of 6.40.

A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR (??) BETS ARE WORTH:
?? = €20 (Highly confident)?? = €10 (CONFIDENT)?? = €5 (SOMEWHAT CONFIDENT)

Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.

 

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