Stuttgart meets RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Stuttgart go into this game with a 1-0 win in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against Markus begin Dynamo Dresden. A goal from Macedonian winger Darko Churlinov in the first half sealed the deal for Stuttgart from Pellegrino Matarazzo, who had to send centre-back Waldemar Anton off in the second half.
RB Leipzig, on the other hand, lost 5-3 to Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich in the final of the DFL Supercup. Goals from young midfielder Jamal Musiala, Senegalese striker Sadio Mane, French right-back Benjamin Pavard and German attackers Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane secured victory for Bayern Munich.
Second-half goals from defender Marcel Halstenberg, French attacker Christopher Nkunku and Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo proved to be pure consolation for RB Leipzig.
Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Head to Head
In eight direct duels between the two teams, RB Leipzig has the clear lead with seven wins and one draw.
Most recently, the two clubs faced each other in the Bundesliga at the beginning of the year, RB Leipzig defeated Stuttgart 2-0. Goals from Portuguese striker Andre Silva and France international Christopher Nkunku secured RB Leipzig victory.
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Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Team News
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo will not be able to call on the services of Croatian left-back Borna Sosa, while there are doubts about the availability of Danish midfielder Nikolas Nartey, Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic, French winger Tanguy Coulibaly and midfielder Atakan Karazor. Australian forward Alou Kuol is suspended.
Hurt: Borna Sosa
Doubtful: Nikolas Nartey, Sasa Kalajdzic, Tanguy Coulibaly, and Atakan Karazor
suspended: Alou Kuol
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig will probably have to do without Danish attacker Yussuf Poulsen. Other than that, no problems are known and coach Domenico Tedesco is expected to have a full squad available.
Hurt: Yusuf Poulsen
Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig Expected XI
Stuttgart’s expected XI (4-3-3): Florian Muller, Josha Vagnoman, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hiroki Ito, Pascal Stenzel, Naouirou Ahamada, Wataru Endo, Enzo Millot, Silas Katompa Mvumpa, Juan Jose Perea, Darko Churlinov
Expected XI of RB Leipzig (3-4-3): Peter Gulacsi, Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann, Konrad Laimer, Xaver Schlager, Benjamin Henrichs, Dominik Szoboszlai, Andre Silva, Christopher Nkunku
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Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Stuttgart finished last season in 15th place, narrowly managing to retain Bundesliga status. Keeping Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic could prove crucial as the 25-year-old is linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
RB Leipzig, on the other hand, finished 4th last season, with some of their best performances coming after Domenico Tedesco was appointed manager. They’ve sold the likes of Nordi Mukiele, Tyler Adams and Brian Brobbey this summer and it’s obvious their squad needs some reinforcements.
RB Leipzig wins.
Forecast: Stuttgart 0: 1 RB Leipzig
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