RB Leipzig vs FSV Mainz 05: Match Preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

RB Leipzig Mainz

RB Leipzig takes on FSV Mainz 05 on the 8th January (14:30 GMT) at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig . This will their first game after the winter break.

The Red Bulls are currently sitting at the 10th position in the Bundesliga with 22 points in their 17 games. RB Leipzig are struggling to find their form this season. Mainz are just one place above RB Leipzig at the 9th position with 24 points from 17 games.

RB Leipzig vs Mainz: Match Preview

RB Leipzig find themselves in a bit of a rough patch accumulating just 4 points in their last five games. The Red Bulls were beaten by Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 before the winter break.

RB Leipzig Bundesliga form: L D W L L

Meanwhile, Mainz bagged 6 points with two victories in their last 5 games. Mainz will be eying for a double over RB Leipzig. FSV Mainz 05 defeated RB Leipzig 1-0 when these two met earlier in the season.

Mainz 05 Bundesliga form: L W L W L

Team News

RB Leipzig team news

Leipzig is having a horrifying season in terms of injuries. Leipzig will be hoping for the return of their star man this season, Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman returned to training this Thursday.

Nkunku has already scored seven goals and registered five assists to his name in 17 league games. Andre Silva also returned to the training, both of them received negative result for the COVID-19 test.

Amadou Haidara and Ilaix Moriba will be missing their coming games to represent their nation in the AFCON Cup. Meanwhile, Marcel Halstenburg, Dani Olmo, Mohamed Simakan, Emil Forsberg, Benjamin Henrichs and Konrad Laimer are sidelined due to injuries.

RB Leipzig Starting XI

Gulacsi; Mukiele, Orban, Gvardiol; Klostermann, Adams, Kampl, Angelino; Szoboszlai; Nkunku, Silva

1. FSV Mainz 05 team news

The visiting team will be without their main Centre Backs, their captain Moussa Niakhate and Jeremiah St Juste. This should open the doors for the Twenty-year-old David Nemeth in the Central Defense alongside Stefan Bell and Alexander Hack.

Dominik Kohr and Adam Szalai are also expected to miss out due to their respective injuries until the end of January.

1. FSV Mainz 05 Starting XI

Zentner; Nemeth, Bell, Hack; Widmer, Barreiro, Stach, Lee, Martin; Onisiwo, Burkardt

Match Prediction: RB Leipzig Vs 1. FSV Mainz 05

RB Leipzig will come with all guns blazing to take revenge from Mainz 05 to take all the 3 points home. The Red Bulls will be looking for a fresh start and this is the right time. Leipzig (3) – (0) Mainz.

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