Two teams without a win in the Bundesliga will meet on Saturday at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig at 14:30 GMT as hosts RB Leipzig and visitors Wolfsburg look to get off the mark this season. Both teams have had two draws and a loss in their opening three outings in the league, which underscores the importance of this match.
Can RB Leipzig Get their First Win of the Season at Home?
Domenico Tedesco will be looking to turn around the poor form his side have displayed in their first three matches of the season.
With two draws and a defeat, RB Leipzig are way short of their usual standards in the Bundesliga and will seek to use their home clash against Wolfsburg to turn around their form by winning the match and getting their first three points on board.
The focus of Tedesco will be on improving the defensive record of his team who have conceded five goals while scoring four in the process of collecting two points and dropping seven.
Can Wolfsburg Get off the Mark this Season away from Home?
Niko Kovač will be anxious to guide his team to the first three points of their season. After two draws against Werder (2-2) and Schalke (0-0), and a loss against Bayern (2-0), Kovač’s focus will be on bolstering his team’s attack to earn three points against an equally out-of-form RB Leipzig side at the Red Bull Arena.
Wolfsburg have kept just one clean sheet so far in their opening three matches. The focus will be on bolstering their defensive bloc to form the platform for their attacking play.
With two out-of-form teams clashing on Saturday, there is a likelihood that both will prioritize avoiding defeat, which might make the match a cagey affair.
RB Leipzig opened the season with back-to-back draws. The first match of the season away to VfB Stuttgart ended in a 1-1 draw. After taking the lead through Christopher Nkunku in the 8th minute, they were pegged back by Naouirou Ahamada in the 31st minute.
The second match ended in a 2-2 draw at home to Koln. Although they were leading up to the 72nd minute, they were undone by a Josko Gvardiol own goal, having had Dominik Szoboszlai sent off at the end of the first half.
Leipzig then lost their third match 2-1 against Union Berlin. This means that they have collected just two points out of the available nine. They will be looking to improve their form and get the first win in the clash with Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg opened the season 2-2 draw at home to Werder; they followed this up with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of in-form Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
In their latest Bundesliga match, Wolfsburg managed to draw 0-0 against newly promoted Schalke last Saturday.
With two points from a possible nine, Niko Kovač will be looking for quick improvements in performance and results.
The first opportunity comes on Saturday when they travel to the Red Bull Arena to face an out-of-form but still formidable RB Leipzig side.
Possible Starting Lineups
Blaswich; J. Gvardiol, W. Orban, M. Simakan; K. Kampl; D. Olmo, K. Laimer, D. Raum, B. Henrichs; C. Nkunku, R. Werner
Casteels; S. Bornauw, M. Lacroix, M. van de Ven, P. Otavio; J. Guilavogui; M. Arnold; J. Kaminski, M. Svanberg, O. Marmoush; L. Nmecha
Players to Watch
The 24-year-old Frenchman has grabbed two goals in three appearances for RB Leipzig this season. The reigning Bundesliga player of the year has maintained his stellar form even with RB Leipzig’s form has dipped at the beginning of this season.
The forward has struck a robust relationship with new signing Timo Werner, and he is the likely source of a goal. His pace, creative play, and potency in front of goal are important tools for RB Leipzig.
The Frenchman will be crucial for RB Leipzig as they look to turn their form around and get back to winning ways.
The 23-year-old German is important for Wolfsburg as he forms a crucial part of the team’s attack.
Nmecha has already grabbed one goal for Wolfsburg in three appearances. His power, pace, and aerial dominance are crucial for Wolfsburg’s attacking play.
These attributes also allow the forward to link up well with other attacking players, creating goal-scoring chances, and occupying defenders.
Nmecha will be crucial for Wolfsburg on Saturday as they search for their first win of the season away at the Red Bull Arena.
RB Leipzig will start the match on the front foot, pressing, and dominating possession. They will seek to push Wolfsburg back and pin them in their half with their patient possession and passing.
Wolfsburg will seek to be compact and use the counter-attack to trouble Leipzig whenever they win possession,
RB Leipzig are favorites to win the match and get their first three points of the season.
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