RB Leipzig take on Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga today at midnight, 12 AM IST. With promotion and relegation on the line, here are Leipzig vs Hoffenheim news, line-ups, predictions.
The hosts will move within two points of league leaders Bayern Munich if they win.
Hoffenheim, meanwhile, are only five points above the relegation zone, and they cannot spiral out of control anymore this season.
So, with one team touching promotion and the other relegation, we bring you Leipzig vs Hoffenheim news, line-ups, predictions.
Tyler Adams suffered a back problem during Leipzig’s victory over Bremen. And while predicted him to be out until early May, this Leipzig tweet challenges that:
Benjamin Henrichs could also start against Hoffenheim, with Nordi Mukiele offering a backup choice.
Sorloth is expected to continue in attack as well, after his two-goal performance against Bremen.
Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Yussuf Poulsen are absent due to injury.
After recovering from muscle injuries, Dayot Upamecano and Angelino may be back in contention. Nagelsmann may give both players some game time ahead of Tuesday’s trip to FC Koln.
RB Leipzig probable starting XI (3-4-2-1): Gulasci; Orban, Upamecano, Klostermann; Henrichs, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino; Nkunku, Forsberg; Sorloth
Meanwhile, Hoffenheim posted on Twitter to let fans know that their players were training for the bout tonight.
Robert Skov will possibly drop out of the starting lineup to make room for Diadie Samassekou in the midfield.
Andrej Kramaric will return for Hoffenheim’s attack after the Croatian replaced Sebastian Rudy in the 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. Rudy picked up an injury and Kramaric replaced him at 38 minutes.
Thus does Hoffenheim’s injury list continues to grow. Dennis Geiger, Ermin Bicakcic, and Benjamin Hubner are all also ruled out for the remainder of the season.
On the other hand, some players are unlikely to be able to travel to Leipzig in time. Kevin Akpoguma, Kevin Vogt, Mijat Gacinovic, Sargis Adamyan, and Kostas Stafylidis cannot travel.
Hoffenheim probable starting XI (3-4-1-2): Baumann; Akpoguma, Posch, Richards; Kaderabek, Baumgartner, Grillitsch, Samassekou, Sessegnon; Kramaric, Bebou
- Kramaric’s return should provide Hoffenheim with enough attacking impetus. While they may now penetrate Leipzig’s backline, this is unlikely to be enough for them to gain a positive result.
- On the other hand, Leipzig are highly motivated with the chance of moving within two points of Bayern. Their offensive fluidity may thus overpower Hoffenheim’s leaky defense.