Summary

  • Promoted Leipzig just two points behind leaders Bayern.
  • Bundesliga newcomers are still unbeaten with five wins and three draws.
  • Darmstadt only have two wins in eight games.

High-flying RB Leipzig will be out to continue their phenomenal start to life in the Bundesliga as they travel to SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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The fans must be pinching themselves. Since embarking on their maiden Bundesliga campaign, Ralph Hasenhüttl's side have taken the top flight by storm, moving up to second place on Matchday 8. With his young charges firing on all cylinders, the Austrian coach should be feeling confident ahead of facing Darmstadt, who have only picked up eight points in eight matches. If FC Bayern München slip up at FC Augsburg, unbeaten Leipzig could even find themselves top of the pile.

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Darmstadt will also come into the game on a high after beating VfL Wolfsburg last time out. In fact, Norbert Meier's side remain unbeaten at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor, having followed up a narrow win over Eintracht Frankfurt with draws against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and SV Werder Bremen. The Wolfsburg victory brought an end to a five-game winless streak for Darmstadt, who will now look to win consecutive Bundesliga home outings for the first time since 1979.

Naby Keita scored his first Bundesliga brace as Leipzig beat Bremen 3-1 on matchday 8.

Match Stats

  • Leipzig are second in the Bundesliga after an unbeaten start to their maiden campaign, with five wins and three draws.
  • Darmstadt could make it back-to-back home wins against Leipzig, something they failed to do at all in 2015/16. In fact, Die Lilien were much happier on the road last season, picking up 26 points away and just 12 at home.
  • This season is a completely different story, however. Darmstadt have earned all eight of their points at home, and lost their four away games.
  • The two sides have never faced each other in the Bundesliga, but they have played before in the second tier (2014/15) and third tier (2013/14). So far it's three wins for Leipzig and one for Darmstadt.
  • Darmstadt versus Leipzig will be the 894th meeting of two teams in Bundesliga history.
  • The last time the sides met, on 24 April 2015, Leipzig goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti scored a 93rd-minute winner as his side prevailed 2-1 at the Red Bull Arena.

The venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor