With the Bundesliga becoming the first of Europe’s top major leagues to make its return this weekend, title challengers RB Leipzig will be hoping to pick up where they left off as they welcome Freiburg to the Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Booking their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s Champions League prior to the unexpected break thanks to a thumping 4-0 aggregate victory against Tottenham, this weekend’s hosts find themselves unbeaten in their last seven matchups across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Leipzig might have their sights set on mounting a title charge, Freiburg are simply trying to find some much-needed stability.
Slipping out of the European positions after managing to win just one of their last four Bundesliga outings, Saturday’s guests should take some solace from what is an eye-catching record against the Red Bull’s.
Including picking up what was a shock 2-1 win when the two sides met earlier in the season, Christian Streich’s men have remarkably won three of their last four meetings against RB and a similar surprise outcome can be found priced as high as 8/1 with Bet365.
Werner hoping for a return to form
Really making a statement against Spurs back in March and still firmly in the Bundesliga title picture, managerial sensation Julian Nagelsmann has seen his side gain a long list of admirers from across the continent.
Opening the weekend sat five points adrift of the defending champions, RB’s attacking approach has helped them enjoy a stunning run of form that has seen them lose just a sole top-flight matchup since the end of October.
If RB are to mark the Bundesliga return with three points, then Nagelsmann will undoubtedly be calling for leading marksman Timo Werner to find a return to scoring ways.
While the German international may have managed to bag just a pair of strikes in his last 10 matchups across all formats, the highly-touted marksman has recorded 21 Bundesliga goals this season and sits only behind Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Golden Boot.
Averaging a strike every 98 minutes this year, Werner can be found priced at 3/5 with 888sport to mark the Bundesliga return with a goal this weekend.
Freiburg’s away day issues
Although a shockingly bright start to the 2019/2020 campaign may have took many across Germany by surprise, Christian Streich’s men have shown some continued signs of inconsistency.
Despite landing what was a much-needed 3-1 win against Union Berlin prior to the unexpected break, they have managed to win just a pair of their last seven Bundesliga matchups and have a reputation for their issues on the road.
Including what was a season-worst display and hit with a 4-0 hammering away at Koln back in February, Freiburg have won just a single fixture away from the Schwarzwald-Stadion since the 29th of September.
Yet to record a single clean sheet on their travels since opening the New Year, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s guests can be found at 1/2 with William Hill to ship over 1.5 goals at the Red Bull Arena this weekend.