Leipzig defender Willi Orban misses out through suspension against Freiburg. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Johannes Simon
Leipzig defender Willi Orban misses out through suspension against Freiburg. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Johannes Simon

RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg: Line-ups and statistics

Two in-form sides meet when RB Leipzig host Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).

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Centre back Willi Orban is suspended for Leipzig after his late red card in the 1-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 28. Marcel Halstenberg could get back in at left-back in a reshuffled defence after missing the last match.

Freiburg are still without midfielder Maximilian Philipp and one of their chief creative outlets, Vincenzo Grifo, picked up a knee injury in their 1-0 win over Mainz. Holding midfielder Nicolas Höfler is over a knee problem and stands a good chance of starting.

Confirmed teams

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Bernardo, Upamecano, Compper, Halstenberg - Sabitzer, Keita, Demme, Forsberg - Werner, Poulsen
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Abstentees: Klostermann (arthroscopy), Orban (suspended)

Freiburg: Schwolow - Kübler, Söyüncü, Kempf, Ignjovski - Frantz, Schuster, Abrashi, Guede - Haberer, Niederlechner
Coach: Christian Streich
Absentees: Grifo (knee), Torrejon (adductor), Philipp (thigh), Gulde (muscle).

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Match Stats

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    For just the second time in Bundesliga history, two promoted sides sit in the top third of the table after 28 matchdays. The last time that happened was in 1972/73 when Wuppertaler SV were second and Offenbacher Kickers were sixth. Leipzig have won their last two home games without conceding a goal and could now keep three clean sheets in a row at the Red Bull Arena for the first time in their short Bundesliga hstory.Timo Werner has scored more Bundesliga goals against Freiburg (five in five games) than against any other team. However, all of them have come in Freiburg. Freiburg have won two Bundesliga games in a row for the first time in nearly half a year. Christian Streich’s side have lost just one of their eight away games since the beginning of December. No team has recorded fewer away losses in this time. Leipzig and Freiburg substitutes have scored more goals than for any other club (nine each). On Matchday 28 each side won 1-0 thanks to a goal by a substitute. Nils Petersen’s 18th goal from the bench equalled the all-time record held by Alexander Zickler.

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