Second-placed RB Leipzig will hope to snap a two-game losing streak when bottom club SV Darmstadt 98 visit on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/14:30BST).

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The international break perhaps came at a good time for Leipzig as a run of three matches without a win has seen them slip 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. A 1-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg was followed by a 3-0 loss at Werder Bremen on Matchday 25, so Ralph Hasenhüttl will be keen to see his side bounce back against Darmstadt. Marcel Sabitzer got both goals in Leipzig’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in October.

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Only nine games remain for Darmstadt to make up a 12-point gap to third bottom Hamburg , so it is imperative that Torsten Frings’ side finally pick up some points on the road. The Lilies lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg on Matchday 25 but covered more ground – 123.6 kilometres – than in any other match since they were promoted in 2015. A repeat of that kind of workrate – plus a little more luck at both ends of the pitch – could be required if they are to claim just their fifth win of the campaign.

Leipzig will likely be without top scorer Timo Werner after he suffered an injury playing for Germany. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Boris Streubel/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images

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Match Stats

  • Darmstadt have lost 18 of their 25 games this season. Freiburg were the last team to have so many defeats at this stage of a campaign 20 years ago.
  • After remaining unbeaten in their opening 13 Bundesliga games, Leipzig have now lost six of their last 12.
  • Since the introduction of the three-points-for-a-win rule, all teams with 18 points or fewer after 25 games have been relegated.
  • Leipzig have lost two of their last three home games.
  • The Lilies have lost all 12 away matches this campaign. Nürnberg were the last team to remain without a point on the road after 25 games 33 years ago.
  • The promoted side have been scoreless twice as often in eight Rückrunde games (four) as in the whole of the first half of the season (two).

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