Saturday night at the Red Bull Arena! Leipzig’s next home game sees them face second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, 3rd March at 18:30 CET. After their 3-2 victory against BVB in the first half of the season, the boys will be looking to get some more important points in front of their home crowd.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, we gathered all the latest stats and info on our upcoming opponents.
The season so far…
Borussia sit in second in the Bundesliga table with 41 points, three points above Leipzig. This season they have recorded eleven wins, eight draws and five losses.
BVB started the season very well, with the team, then under Peter Bosz, being undefeated until matchday six and with some impressive results along the way, such as the 5-0 win over 1. FC Köln and a 6-1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Their first defeat came against RB Leipzig, naturally, which was followed by a disappointing run of form, with their next win not coming until matchday 16. Since then, however, Dortmund have gone nine games undefeated.
The last three matches
- MATCHDAY 22
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburger SV
- MATCHDAY 23
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
- MATCHDAY 24
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 FC Augsburg
STRONG AWAY FORM
In the current season, BVB have demonstrated strong form away from home. With six victories, four draws and two defeats, they are the second-best away team in the league and are undefeated in their last five games on the road.
Change AT THE HELM
In December of the last calendar year, Köln coach Peter Stöger left his post to take over at BVB. Peter Bosz had been sacked after just half a year in charge of the team.
The man from Austria, Stöger, remains unbeaten in the league since he took charge of the club, a record for a new BVB coach. Ralph Hasenhüttl and Stöger played together for five years when they were both at Austria Vienna.
Players in focus
- MICHY BATSHUAYI
The Belgium international joined BVB on loan in the January transfer window. In six games for the club, he has scored five goals and provided one assist. The 24-year-old plays in the centre of BVB’s attack, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club to join Arsenal.
Batshuayi is commonly referred to in the media as Batsman, a comination of his name and the superhero Batman.
- MARCO REUS
After recovering from a lengthy spell out with a cruciate ligament injury, the Germany player looks set to play the rest of the second half of the season. He made his comeback on matchday 22 and celebrated his second appearance of the season with a goal against former club Gladbach.
In total he has played 194 games for Borussia Dortmund and has netted 91 goals, making him one of Dortmund's top scorers.
- CHRISTIAN PULISIC
The reigning U.S. Footballer of the Year has played the most minutes of the BVB midfielders this season (2,314 minutes in 31 games) and has four goals and three assists to his name.
The 19-year-old made his Bundesliga debut in January 2016, when he was just 17 years and 134 days old. The youngest debutant of all time, however, is his teammate Nuri Sahin at 16 years and 335 days old.
The group stages of the Champions League were on the whole disappointing for BVB with losses both home and away to Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid. They salvaged their campaign with two draws against APOEL FC and so managed to finish third and drop down into the Europa League.
In the round of 32, Borussia Dortmund met Serie A side Atalanta and progressed through to the next round, having won 3-2 at home and drawn 1-1 in Italy. They now face FC Salzburg in the last 16.
Previous Bundesliga encounters
In our first season in the Bundesliga, we got off to a great start against Borussia, beating them 1-0. Naby Keïta scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.
In the second game against BVB, they managed to walk away with the points courtesy of a goal from Aubameyang in the 35th minute.
In the game in the first half of this season, RBL recorded a 3-2 away win. Aubameyang opened the scoring, then Marcel Sabitzer drew us level. Yussuf Poulsen and Jean-Kévin Augustin pulled Leipzig in front with a goal each, before Aubameyang scored again. The 90 minutes were soon up though and Leipzig handed BVB their first defeat of the season.
Borussia Dortmund will be missing four players for the encounter on Saturday:
- Andriy Yarmolenko is missing due to a foot injury.
- Sebastian Rode has been missing since August with a pubic bone injury. Whether or not he will be able to play against Leipzig is yet unclear.
- Jadon Sancho suffered an ankle injury this month.
- Raphaël Guerreiro will be missing due to muscular problems.