Summary

  • Leipzig become 55th club to play in the Bundesliga.
  • Leipzig are first Bundesliga club from the former East Germany since Energie Cottbus, who were relegated in 2009.
  • Hoffenheim start season with youngest Bundesliga coach of all time.

RB Leipzig begin life as the 55th member of the Bundesliga when they bring Matchday 1 to a conclusion with their trip to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Sunday evening (kick-off 17:30CEST/15:30GMT).

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The Bundesliga welcomes its 55th new member this weekend with Leipzig at the top table for the first time, although the Easterners are not lacking Bundesliga experience in their ranks. Timo Werner has joined from VfB Stuttgart, which was also the formative club of Rani Khedira. The Swabian connection also links Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who led the club to promotion as head coach last season before appointing Ralph Hasenhüttl as his replacement.

Season preview: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Season preview: RB Leipzig

Plenty of parallels have been drawn between Leipzig's rise to the top league and Hoffenheim's own ascent, which culminated in promotion to the Bundesliga in 2008. They have yet to crown their stay in the top flight with European qualification and many are asking whether this might be the season, with the youngest coach in the league Julian Nagelsmann now many months the wiser coming into the new campaign.

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Dominik Kaiser (r.) will captain Leipzig in their maiden top-flight campaign. © gettyimages / Matej Divizna

Match stats

  • While Leipzig are the 55th Bundesliga club, Hoffenheim were the 50th when they were promoted in 2008 (followed by Augsburg, Fürth, Paderborn and Ingolstadt).
  • Khedira made just nine Bundesliga appearances for Stuttgart, but has 41 in Bundesliga 2 for Leipzig.
  • Andrej Kramaric scored his first hat-trick in German football in Hoffenheim's DFB Cup first-round win last weekend.

The venue: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena

Possible line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Süle, B. Hübner, Ochs - Vogt - Rupp, Rudy - Uth, Kramaric - Wagner

Absentees: None

Head coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Schmitz, Orban, Compper, Halstenberg - D. Kaiser, Demme - Sabitzer, Forsberg - Selke, Y. Poulsen

Absentees: None

Head coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl