Summary

  • Leipzig unbeaten at home this season.
  • Hoffenheim yet to lose at all in 2016/17.
  • Sides currently sit second and third in table.

RB Leipzig face the side they played in their first ever Bundesliga game, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, with both sides defying the odds as they meet on Saturday at the start of the Rückrunde (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Ralph Hasenhüttl's side shook off their 3-0 defeat to FC Bayern München just before the winter break with a victory by the same scoreline over Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 17. The result keeps them on the record champions' coat-tails, strengthens their position in the top four and opens an eight-point gap over their opponents this weekend in third place. The promoted side will now be looking to start the second half of their maiden Bundesliga campaign in the same vein as they played the first.

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Hoffenheim have become only the sixth team in Bundesliga history to reach the halfway mark without tasting defeat. The Sinsheim club are also making waves across Europe under young coach Julian Nagelsmann as the only undefeated side in Europe's top five divisions. TSG ended the first half of the season on a high with a win at FC Augsburg, but they now face a Leipzig side who are also unbeaten at home this campaign, dropping points on just one occasion.

Timo Werner faces TSG's Sandro Wagner with both German players currently on ten goals this season.

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Match Stats

  • Leipzig picked up a total of 39 points in the Hinrunde, the best ever performance by a Bundesliga newcomer.
  • Hoffenheim remain undefeated at the halfway point of the season, a feat that only FC Bayern München (three times), Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart have achieved in the past.   
  • Leipzig are currently enjoying a six-game home winning streak, the best home run in the Bundesliga this season.  
  • Hoffenheim claimed their third away win of the season in Augsburg on Matchday 17 – the same number as they managed during the whole of last season.
  • The game will pit the Bundesliga's top two German goalscorers against each other – Leipzig's Timo Werner and Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner have both netted 10 times this term. 
  • Marvin Compper, who last week became Leipzig's oldest Bundesliga goalscorer, made 140 top-flight outings for Hoffenheim, scoring six goals.

The Venue - Red Bull Arena