Eintracht Frankfurt v RB Leipzig Preview

The final offering from the Bundesliga this weekend sees Leipzig heading for Frankfurt on Sunday evening, likely with some heavy legs after a Europa League defeat on their own turf on Thursday night.

That game was billed as the ‘Red Bull Battle’, with Leipzig taking on Salzburg, both clubs being owned by the energy drink giant.

Leipzig keen to bounce back

Leipzig had gone into the match on the back of a 3-2 success at home to Hannover, their first Bundesliga win of the season.

They succumbed to the same scoreline on Thursday, despite showing a healthy fighting spirit.

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Munas Dabbur and Amadou Haidara gave the Austrians a strong grip on the game. It looked like they might see it out without much trouble until Konrad Laimer scored for Leipzig with 20 minutes left.

Ralf Rangnick’s team swarmed on their opponents, backed by the vocal home support, and achieved parity when Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen scored with eight minutes left.

Europa League quarter-finalists last season, Leipzig shipped a late winner to sub Fredrik Gulbrandsen that will have dented confidence after what had been an impressive fight back.

European win boosts Frankfurt hopes

Frankfurt on the other hand, despite having lost their last two league games, will come into the game with renewed optimism.

As with Leipzig, their Europa League journey got off to a poor start when they fell behind to Marseille after only three minutes in the Velodrome on Thursday.

Lucas Torro got the visitors on terms seven minutes after the half-time break and Frankfurt got a real shot in the arm for this season when Luka Jovic scored a crucial last-minute winner in France.

The home side are underdogs at 3.15 here, with Leipzig favoured in the betting at 2.40 and the stalemate currently appealing most at 3.55.

Goals markets worth a look

Previous meetings hint that there will be goals on Sunday. The last four meetings between these clubs have yielded over 2.5 goals per game.

That has also been true of the last seven games Leipzig have been involved in, while they’ve conceded at least two goals in each of their previous three away trips.

Both meetings last season ended in 2-1 wins for the home teams. In February, when they clashed in Frankfurt, the visitors got the dream start as Jean-Kevin Augustin put them in front before a quarter of an hour elapsed.

It was a lead that was to prove very short lived. Timothy Chandler and Kevin-Prince Boateng scoring two in four minutes from the midpoint of the opening half to give the home side a lead they would not relinquish.

Tired legs could lead to mistakes

Four points separated these teams at seasons’ end, with Leipzig in sixth and Frankfurt two places behind. They are likely to be well-matched again this term on what we’ve seen so far in the new campaign.

They have between them managed just two wins from the six league games played, conceding a dozen goals.

That, coupled with the hard games both played in Europe on Thursday evening, makes it easy to sit on the fence and go for a 2-2 draw, priced at 12.50, for their Sunday evening clash.