RB leipzig fc vs SC Freiburg : Match Preview
Following a defeat against Schalke at the Veltins Arena the Bundesliga runners-up will be hosting SC Freiburg at home in the Red Bull Arena
2017/18 German Bundesliga
Date: Sunday, 27th August 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET / 19:00 IST
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig.
The hosts lost their first match at Veltins Arena mostly due to the inexperience of their young centre-back Upamecano who conceded a cheap penalty in the first half that brought the upper hand to Schalke 04. RB Leipzig will play almost with the same squad compared to the last season, but they will compete in UEFA Champions League in this campaign. Whether Die Rotten Bullen will put Champions League ahead of Bundesliga will be seen when the elite club competition starts.
The visitors lost several key players compared to the last season and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Freiburg relegated all the way from UEFA Europa League qualification. In the first round they hosted Eintracht Frankfurt, the team with the same problems as them – in a very inefficient match, the teams settled for a 0-0 draw.
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Halstenberg, Upamecano, Orban, Klostermann – Forsberg, Ilsanker, Keita, Sabitzer – Poulsen, Werner
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Freiburg: Schwolow – Kempf, Schuster, Lienhart – Günter, Frantz, Höfner, Abrashi, Stenzel – Niederlechner, Haberer
Coach: Christian Streich
Absentees: Niedermeier, Gulde (both back), Meffert (fitness), Guede (ankle)
The two sides met twice in Bundesliga. Last season, RB netted eight goals in two matches. The 1-4 victory in Freiburg was a shameful performance but in Leipzig, the match didn’t go any better for Freiburg as they were steamrolled 4-0.