Just when it looked like RB Leipzig were out of the Bundesliga title race, they were suddenly thrust back into it last weekend. Die Roten Bullen claimed an impressive 4-1 victory over Werder Bremen while Bayern Munich could only manage a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin. On Friday night, Julian Nagelsmann’s team host Hoffenheim at the Red Bull Arena with the opportunity to cut Bayern Munich’s lead to two points.

Bayern Munich have a difficult week. Not only does Hansi Flick’s team have a long list of injury issues, but they play on Tuesday night in a must-win Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Paris Saint-Germain. Bayern Munich will follow up their midweek game with a top-three clash against Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Suddenly, there is hope once more that RB Leipzig can reel in the Bavarians. However, they must first defeat 12th-place Hoffenheim to move within two points of Bayern Munich. Hoffenheim are in poor form going into the game. They have failed to win any of their last four league matches with three of those finishing in losses.

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in six straight matches versus Hoffenheim in all competitions. Earlier this season, Die Roten Bullen won 1-0 away thanks to a second half goal from Yussuf Poulsen. RB Leipzig have won to nil in the last two matches against Hoffenheim. Can they make it three wins to nil in a row?

RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim Odds

 

RB Leipzig are second in the current Bundesliga form table. They took 13 points from the last 18 on offer in the German top flight. Twelve goals were scored during the six-game timeframe with five being conceded to opponents. Their only blemish was a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in a top of the table clash.

Hoffenheim took a mere five points from the last 18 on offer in the Bundesliga. They were outscored eight to five during that six-game time span. The Hoff’s five points were the third-fewest in the division. The Blues are at odds of 7/1 to win away at Red Bull Arena. Hoffenheim have not won at RB Leipzig since the 2017-18 season. Die Roten Bullen are unbeaten in three straight games at home versus Hoffenheim in all competitions.

RB Leipzig go into the game at odds of 8/19 to win at home and edge closer to Bayern Munich in the race for the Bundesliga title. Just six games remain in the Bundesliga season. RB Leipzig did have the more difficult fixture list compared to Bayern Munich. However, European commitments, fatigue, and injuries could hamper Bayern Munich in the final six games.

RB Leipzig are winless in back-to-back home matches. Had they beaten Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich, they would be top of the table currently. Hoffenheim have lost back-to-back away matches in the Bundesliga. They are –10 in goal difference. The Blues have tallied the league’s second-most yellow cards with 55 and the most red cards with four.

RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim Team News

The big news coming out of Leipzig this week was the permanent signing of AS Monaco full-back Benjamin Henrichs. The defender is on loan currently but will make a €15 million permanent switch in the summer. The full-back has been hampered by a knee injury this season, limiting his appearances. Henrichs’ purchase may have been due to the depending departure of Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich and potential sale of Ibrahima Konate – who is attracting interest from all over England.

Nagelsmann could start Alex Sorloth in attack once more this weekend. The Norwegian is in brilliant form. The striker has six goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, but has only recently received regular playing time. Sorloth scored twice in RB Leipzig’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

Poulsen is likely to miss out once more for RB Leipzig following a hamstring injury. Nordi Mukiele should return to the team following a suspension while Angelino is in line to start following a lengthy muscle injury. Upamecano was also suspended last weekend and could reassume his position over Konate. January signing Dominik Szoboszlai remains out of action following a groin injury. Midfielder Konrad Laimer is nearing a return from a knee injury. A lack of match fitness is the only thing keeping him out.

Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness has a long list of injuries going into Friday night. Sebastian Rudy and Kevin Akpoguma are both doubts. Kevin Vogt and Sargis Adamyan are both likely to miss the game as well. Meanwhile, Mijat Gacinovic, Emin Bicakcic, Dennis Geiger, and Benjamin Hubner are all ruled out of the match.

RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim Prediction

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The last two matches between RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim finished in wins to nil for Die Roten Bullen. RB Leipzig are a defensively sound team and could pick up a third win to nil versus Hoffenheim this weekend. Nagelsmann’s team have collected 18 clean sheets in all competitions.

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Sorloth took time to bed-in to the RB Leipzig team. Since February, he has been in excellent form scoring four of his five Bundesliga goals and tallying two assists. The target man is likely to start in attack with Poulsen nursing a thigh injury.

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Nagelsmann will aim to keep the scoreline low and pull closer to Bayern Munich in the table. Three of RB Leipzig’s last four games in the Bundesliga finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Three of Hoffenheim’s last six league matches finished with under 2.5 goals.

The pressure is back on RB Leipzig. Just when it looked likely that Bayern Munich would win another title, RB Leipzig have the chance to win a first-ever Bundesliga trophy. They must continue to win and hope other teams do them a favour and take points off of Bayern Munich. There are just six games and 18 points left to play for. It is enough to overturn the five-point deficit and top the table in May.