One last Bundesliga showdown of the year awaits us! On Sunday (KO: 18:00 CET), Die Roten Bullen host Hertha BSC at the Red Bull Arena on the 17th matchday of the season.
A home game under floodlights - there are worse ways to bring a successful year to a close. Leipzig will bid farewell to 2017 with a game against the "Old Lady" from Berlin, and will want to earn their sixth consecutive home league win.
Ahead of the game, we have summarised the most current news surrounding our opponents for this weekend.
After 16 matchdays, the capital club lies in 11th place with 21 points. With five wins, six draws and five losses, coach Pál Dárdai's men have had an up-and-down start to the season. The Old Lady's top scorer is Salomon Kalou, who has netted six goals so far this season.
On the last matchday, Hertha overcame newly-promoted side Hannover 96 with a 3-1 scoreline, so they will travel to the Red Bull Arena with confidence.
Their last three games:
- Matchday 14: Hertha BSC 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
- Matchday 15: FC Augsburg 1-1 Hertha BSC
- Matchday 16: Hertha BSC 3-1 Hannover 96
Head-to-head: Two games, two RBL wins
Die Roten Bullen met the Old Lady for the first time last season, and came out on top in both of the encounters.
In the first tie in front of a home crowd, Timo Werner and RBL captain Willi Orban scored in a 2-0 win.
The the second game in the capital will stay long in the memories of every RB Leipzig fan, as a couple of braces from now Hertha striker Davie Selke and Timo Werner secured a 4-1 win and more importantly, Champions League qualification. The only Hertha goal in either game was also scored by a Leipzig player, as Rani Khedira put the ball past his own 'keeper.
Davie Selke: former Leipzig striker returns to old stomping ground
Davie Selke is no stranger to Leipzig. The striker was under contract at the club between 2015 and 2017, making 53 appearances, scoring 14 goals and contributing 4 assists.
Before joining Die Roten Bullen, he played for Werder Bremen and TSG Hoffenheim's youth teams, amongst others.
In the summer of 2017, the Germany youth team international made the switch to the Old Lady from Berlin. He has not, however, had a perfect start to the season, missing the opening seven Bundesliga games and two Europa League ties due to injury. This season, the striker has made 13 competitve appearances, three of which have come in the Europa League and one in the DFB Cup. In these matches, he has found the back of the net six times and racked up three assists.
Hertha BSC will have to do with out four players due to injury:
- Midfielder Vladimir Darida has been out of action since the middle of November after undergoing keyhole surgery and will not be able to play until after the new year.
- Valentin Stocker is currently suffering from a meniscus tear and will not be available for the weekend's match.
- Attacker Julian Schieber has missed the last three games as he recovers his fitness in training. It remains unclear as to whether he will be in Hertha's squad for Sunday.
Other interesting facts:
- Winning on average 65.1% of his tackles, centre-back Niklas Stark is maybe Hertha's most important defender. This percentage also puts him in the top 10 for the whole league.
- The Old Lady have a total of eleven senior internationals in their ranks, representing ten different countries. Marvin Plattenhardt is their only Germany international. They have a further ten players that represent the DFB youth sides, including Mitchell Weiser, Davie Selke and Niklas Stark, who all won the this year's U21 European Championship in Poland.
- Hertha's home ground is the Olympiastadion in Berlin - the third largest stadium in the Bundesliga (74,649 seats).