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Bundesliga: Leipzig to Put Werder Out of Their Misery

RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen

RB Leipzig continue their journey at the top of the Bundesliga table as they face Werder Bremen this Saturday at the Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls prevented the Bavarians from breaking away as they held them to a goalless draw last time, showing everyone that they are indeed a legitimate title contender this season.

As it stands now, Bayern Munich hold a slim edge over RB Leipzig. Trailing behind are the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Monchengladbach who both have 39 points apiece.

 At the same time, the Julian Nagelsmann-mentored squad will be very busy as they prepare for the Champions League to which they’ll face Tottenham in the Final 16 knockout phase.

They will face a relegation candidate in Werder Bremen, who have been on a downward trajectory as of late. Die Werderaner are currently 17th at the table with only 17 points and they have lost four of their last five fixtures.

After an odd month of October to which they have gathered some points despite not winning or losing, Werder Bremen are still in search for a breakthrough as they continuously fight for survival in top-flight.

This match means a lot more to the Red Bulls, believe it or not. So a win here is in order for them to go up and take the lead once more in the Bundesliga table.

 

Talking Points

Red Bulls aiming to take charge

SBOTOP fans have witnessed the rise of RB Leipzig to one of Bundesliga’s elite this season.

After a torrid start in the first few match days, the Red Bulls have been steady in the top three despite other teams like Bayern, Gladbach, and Dortmund playing tug-of-war in the other top two spots.

However, they’ve had their share of inconsistencies too, as they were dealt with a reality check with humiliating losses from Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. They also had a hard time against the defending champions in Bayern Munich as they can’t get past them in their last two matches.

But with all of that in the past now, RB Leipzig will be keen on leading the pack once more as the season winds down. They will continue to rely on the likes of Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer, Patrik Schick, and Yussuf Poulsen to create attacking opportunities plus some Bundesliga 2020 highlights.

They are third overall in goals scored this season at 53, and we can expect that trend to continue especially in this upcoming game. Their defence is underrated too as they are second overall in goals conceded with only 25 so far.

Bundesliga: Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig is now at the second spot of German Bundesliga
                                                               RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann coaching his team from the touchline

Since taking over at the helm, Julian Nagelsmann has been a godsend for the Red Bulls. He also led them to their first-ever Final 16 appearance in the Champions League.

As long their “inexperience” doesn’t get in the way, who knows? Maybe they will be the ones dethroning the Bavarians once and for all.

 

Werder Bremen on a downward spiral

Die Werderaner have hit a new low by sinking into the relegation zone and a large part of that is due to their porous defence.

Werder Bremen have conceded the league-worst 48 goals already this term, including seven in their last four games.

Their attack doesn’t seem to be a problem as they could keep up with the best of them at times. In their wins, Werder have scored at least three goals, but it is a difficult feat to achieve consistently since victories are hard to come by.

Milot Rashica continues to be the main man for Die Werderaner, contributing seven goals and three assists already. Right behind him are the likes of Yuya Osako and Davy Klaassen, who are responsible for recording seven goals and four assists combined.

But besides those three, there aren’t many contributors from their roster. The Eggenstein brothers failed to live up to expectations since they haven’t done much to save their team.

Team manager Florian Kohfeldt will have the daunting task of guiding his squad to avoid relegation, but it will be much easier said than done.

 

History

These two sides have only met each other nine times. RB Leipzig won in five while Werder Bremen won in three along with three draws.

RB Leipzig dominated Werder Bremen in their reverse fixture despite having only 10 men to finish the game. Konrad Laimer was sent off via a red card but they still scored a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The Red Bulls have only lost once in their last 17 home matches. Werder Bremen have yet to win in their three road games against RB Leipzig.

 

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