Leipzig preview: Close contest all but guaranteed
After their Europa League play-off first leg in Strasbourg, Eintracht return to Bundesliga action on Sunday with a tricky away match at Leipzig.
Leipzig and Eintracht meet for the seventh time on Sunday afternoon. The previous six encounters have resulted in two wins for Leipzig, one for SGE and three draws, but they were almost always fiercely contested. The Saxony club have been clear winners (3-0) on just one occasion, and that was the first meeting between the two sides in January 2017. Leipzig were also given a helping hand – quite literally – by then Eintracht goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who was sent off in only the third minute for handling the ball outside his penalty area.
More recently, there has been nothing to separate the two teams. Both fixtures last season ended in the points being shared: a 1-1 draw in Frankfurt was followed by a goalless return fixture away from home. It’s likely that Sunday’s encounter will be another close-run thing between two sides who are not dissimilar in their attacking, pressing style of play.
Both have also started the new season well, winning their opening matches in the two domestic competitions. While the Eagles beat Waldhof Mannheim 5-3 in the DFB Cup before securing a narrow 1-0 win over TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, Leipzig saw off VfL Osnabrück 3-2 in the cup and then eased to a 4-0 victory at newcomers Union Berlin in the league.
Kick-off: Sunday 25 August, 15:30 CEST, Bundesliga Matchday 2.
Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig.
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