RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim
Date: Monday, 25 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
Matchday No 23 will be closed in some fashion as RB Leipzig host Hoffenheim in a mouth-watering tie on Monday evening at Red Bull Arena.
This is game of a huge importance for both sides in the battle for the European football next term.
Leipzig are in a much better position with an eight-point cushion on Die Kraichgauer in the Bundesliga ladder. The hosts sit 4th at the moment and have a five-point advantage on fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
A win here could be crucial for their ambitions of clinching the Champions League spot, but a defeat would put their to-four finish in jeopardize.
The Bulls generally enjoy a stellar form at the start of the year. They won four and drew one of past five games in all competitions. They were very tough to break down allowing just one goal in the process. It came last Saturday in a 1-3 victory over relegation threatened Stuttgart away at Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim: Head-to-head
Leipzig have a positive head to head record in the short history of matches against Hoffenheim (three wins, one draw and two defeats).
These two sides met each other twice this season.
Leipzig came on top on both occasions (a 1-2 away win in Bundesliga and a 2-0 home victory in the second round of DFB Pokal).
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim: Prediction
Hoffenheim will also enter the match in high spirits. They finally managed to keep things tight at the back nine days ago when they stormed past struggling Hannover 3-0 on the home patch. Joelinton, Belfodil and Demirbay were goalscorers on the day.
Die Kraichgauer scored three or more goals in three of past four league matches, including the 3-3 draw away at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago.
Leipzig conceded only seven goals in eleven home games this season (7 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in the process). It will be very interesting to see how such stern defensive line will deal with Hoffenheim’s attacking-minded mentality.
We’ll back the hosts to claim third straight win over Hoffenheim in this season because they were much more consistent throughout the entire season, especially at the start of the year.
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim: Bet Tips
Leipzig to win @ 1.83 (5/6)
HT/FT Draw/Leipzig @ 5.00 (4/1).