Hasenhuttl eyes quickfire rise

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says his primary target is to try and help move the Saints out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The 51-year-old former Austria international has signed a two-and-half-year deal with the top-flight strugglers, who have won just one of the 15 Premier League games they have played so far this season.

And Hasenhuttl, who made his name with RB Leipzig, is relishing the challenge ahead of both himself and his players.

He told reporters: "The first target is to get out of relegation zone. The near future has to be to move as quickly as we can out of the zone.

"I'm not frightened about it, but the problem is we have a lot of games and my football is all about training sessions, working on habits. If you have the chance to do so it's ok, but if you don't it's not so easy.

"It's a bit back to the roots for me. Last year I had a fantastic Champions League team, we were on a very high technical level.

"The step is not the easiest one, but I never want it easy in my life. I always challenge myself and I'm looking forward, not afraid of anything."

Having taken on a watching brief as Southampton were beaten 3-1 by Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday evening, Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first game on Saturday when the Saints head to South Wales to take on Cardiff City.

The visitors can be backed at 11/5 to secure a draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2, while Southampton are 11/8 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Saints turn to Hasenhuttl

Relegation-threatened Southampton have appointed the former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 51-year-old Austrian replaces Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday after Saints had won just one of their first 14 Premier League matches of the campaign.

Hasnehuttl will formally take charge on Thursday after watching the game against Tottenham at Wembley, which Southampton are 17/2 to win.

Saints are 3/1 to be relegated this season and 9/1 to draw 1-1 with Spurs.

Hasenhuttl coached Ingolstadt until 2016 when he was appointed Leipzig boss. He led Leipzig to second spot in the Bundesliga in 2016/17 and to the Europa League quarter-finals last term.

However, Leipzig terminated Hasenhuttl's deal a year early in May after they finished sixth in the Bundesliga.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger said: "The urgency to find a path back to our potential and to the results that we expect cannot be underestimated. For that reason, we are extremely pleased that Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to become our new manager and do all he can to help guide us back on that path.

"This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly, Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate.

"As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill-set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for. The quick, smooth and seamless negotiation process underlines the character of the person that he is."

Bundesliga: Timo at the Double to give Leipzig a Big Win

RB Leipzig 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

A first-half double strike from Germany star Timo Werner gave Leipzig a priceless 2-0 victory over Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga match of the day.

The big Bundesliga 2018 news from Saturday was that Borussia Dortmund had beaten Freiburg to go seven points clear of Monchengladbach at the top of the league, and whether that weighed heavily on the Foals is a matter of speculation, but they never really looked on their game after going two goals behind.

That was disappointing for the visiting supporters who have some fine players in superb form, who just didn’t do the business on the day.

This was a big game for us football fans in the German league, as both these teams are in the Champions League places and are now only a point apart in second and third, so it was a heck of a win for the hosts in front of a passionate crowd at the Red Bull Arena.

Highlights of the game

It took just three minutes for the hosts to go ahead when Werner bagged his first goal. Marcel Sabitzer found the Germany striker with space to fire the ball low into the corner and send the home crowd wild.

Thorgan Hazard is in fine form for Monchengladbach and tipped to finish the league season as the Bundesliga top scorer; and he stretched his legs a minute later, almost getting on the end of a long ball from keeper Yann Sommer, but as he was about to seize the moment up went the offside flag.

Hazard then tried to create something for Florian Neuhaus, teeing him up just outside the penalty area, and his shot was well saved by Peter Gulacsi in the bottom corner. Alassane Plea has been an inspired signing for the Foals and his eight goals so far have gone a long way towards paying off the hefty 23M Euros it took to bring him to their club. And he was busy, laying a ball off for Denis Zakaria but his shot flew just past the top right corner.

The visitors continued to press and Hazard played a superb through ball which Lars Stindl reached, but his shot was saved. But as all the visitors’ first-half efforts came to nothing, Leipzig struck again and it was that man Werner again. On 44 minutes Yussuf Poulson found Werner and his shot was saved at the near post, but there was nothing Sommer could do a minute later as Poulson gave Werner another chance and this time he slammed the ball home to give Leipzig a flattering two-goal lead.

Monchengladbach needed a quick response in the second half as the game swung back and forth. But Leipzig had the first attempt on goal when the lively Sabitzer picked up a pass from Ibrahima Konate but his low shot towards the corner was smartly saved by Sommer.

Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach have been thrashed by RB Leipzig

Alassane Plea in action for Borussia Monchengladbach during their match against RB Leipzig

Then as the visitors launched an attack, Plea again tried to inspire a fightback, passing to Florian Neuhaus, but his shot from a tight angle skidded narrowly wide. Sommer was called into action again saving a low effort from Sabitzer, and then Poulson linked up well with Werner, but his hat-trick attempt flew past the left-hand post.

Leipzig started to get a stranglehold on the game and the visitors created little in terms of chances as the match wore on, in fact, the hosts looked more likely to add to their lead. Konrad Laimer teed up Sabitzer but his left-footed shot was saved. And in injury time Sabizter put in Poulson who found space in the centre of the penalty area but his effort went narrowly wide.

Key Statistics

This was a huge win in terms of the Bundesliga league table lifting Leipzig to third and a point behind their visitors, while Borussia Dortmund has stretched their lead at the top to seven points. The Bundesliga 2018 betting markets are starting to see a real possibility of the title moving away from Munich.

It was an even first half with the visitors dominating possession, but Leipzig having more shots, seven to five, while each team had three shots on target.

The visitors still saw more of the ball in the second half but made few inroads while Leipzig threatened Sommer’s goal more, with 14 shots to seven and six to four on target, so by the final whistle I’d say the 2-0 scoreline was fair enough.

What’s next?

Leipzig has a chance to keep their good run going away to Freiburg, who were beaten by BVB yesterday and are in poor form, dropping to 13th place in the table

Monchengladbach is at home to Stuttgart, two places below Freiburg, and the Foals should get back to winning ways.

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Bundesliga: Which Club Should Stand Under Dortmund’s Shadow?

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach

If you’re looking for something exciting to watch this weekend that doesn’t feature the big names in European football, the Leipzig vs Gladbach game may just be the perfect Bundesliga fixture for you to catch.

These two clubs don’t have much to go for when it comes to prestige and recognition in the international stage, but both teams aren’t losing out to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich when it comes to the number of superb players and the quality of fantastic football they have displayed at the German top flight.

The winner of this important duel will see themselves edge closer to the league leaders and mount some pressure on the BVB. However, both teams know that winning against their opponents isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

Which side will be able to play their usual brand of football and leave the Red Bull Arena with smiles on their faces? Join us as we check the latest Bundesliga 2018 updates and predict how this match will pan out.

Talking Points

Gladbach hot on Dortmund’s trail

If you point a gun to my head and ask which club has been the surprise performers thus far in this Bundesliga season, I would shout Borussia Monchengladbach at the top of my lungs without so much as batting an eye.

The club that finished ninth in the table last season made a couple of key acquisitions in the summer that paid dividends for them. The Foals experienced the biggest returns in Alassane Plea. While they paid a hefty €23 million to get the 25-year-old, his eight goals and 7.22 match rating is more than enough to make him a worthwhile purchase. His hat-trick against Bremen is enough evidence of his class.

Besides Plea, Michael Lang has also proven himself to be a vital cog in the Monchengladbach defence, firmly establishing himself as the starting right-back. These acquisitions have helped Thorgan Hazard play with more freedom and less pressure.

Moreover, a perfect symphony of factors has made Gladbach as one of the most legitimate title contenders for this season. Tactical tweaks and squad depth have turned this team around and help them win a lot of their games.

Everything is going right for Die Fohlen at the moment, and it seems like nothing’s going to stop them from getting the three points. However, they have to remember that their opponents are still the Red Bulls.

Leipzig see red, want Gladbach’s spot

Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen added another goal during the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen

Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen

The memory of RB Leipzig’s sudden surge and finish below Bayern Munich during the 2016/17 season is still fresh in the memories of many a Bundesliga fan. The combination of exciting young players and thrilling tactics saw the young Red Bull-sponsored team threaten the Bavarians of their title.

However, they have since struggled to repeat their feats since then. Their early-season rout against Dortmund was not a good sign for Leipzig, but this young team kept their head down and quietly kept themselves in the conversation while Dortmund and Munich were making all of the noise in the us Bundesliga 2018 markets.

While they lose Emil Forsberg to injury, they have plenty of quality young players that helped them secure six wins so far this season. Yussuf Poulsen has especially thrived in the Swede’s absence and has made himself a standout player in this very young and impressive Leipzig team.

Both Poulsen and Timo Werner have six goals to their name respectively, and both of them are keeping their team in the last Champions League place. However, they’ve got Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim breathing down their necks, and they need help from the rest of the team in order to keep the good times rolling.

Ralf Rangnick has quite a task ahead, but he has to make a way to make his team triumph against a very dangerous Gladbach team.

History

RB Leipzig don’t instil much confidence in the casual punter if we look at their recent form. They failed to win their last two Europa League group games, and they failed to win three of their last five games.

Meanwhile, the lack of European football is doing Gladbach a lot of favours. With only the domestic leagues to focus on, they won four of their last five matches in the league by at least two goals. Their away triumph against Bayern Munich in October was especially memorable for the players and fans.

If we look at their head-to-head matches, Leipzig have the lead with their two victories in their four matches. However, I don’t see this year’s Gladbach side to add another notch to their loss column against the Red Bulls.

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RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach Borussia Monchengladbach +0.25 @ 2.33
December 2,2018 22:30 (GMT+8)

I have full confidence that Plea and Hazard have what it takes to bring the pain to an inconsistent Leipzig team. I believe Leipzig still haven’t figured out how to keep themselves fresh in a busy schedule, and Die Fohlen‘s superb form ahead of this match gives me no doubt that they would at least steal a point at the Red Bull Arena.

There are other interesting RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach odds at us if you want to earn more.

I see this game having quite a number of goals go in, making 2-3 Total Goals a viable pick at 2.06. With that Being said, Under 3.00 Goals is a worthwhile pick at 2.05. If you believe in Gladbach’s ability, their 1X2 odds offer high rewards of 3.90 odds. If you believe Leipzig can finish the first half ahead, though, going for their First Half 1X2 punt will reward you with 2.48.

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Rodgers seeks home comforts

Brendan Rodgers accepts that it will be difficult for his Celtic team to get their Europa League campaign back on track by beating RB Leipzig.

After three Group B games Celtic are three points behind second-placed Leipzig and six adrift of Salzburg.

Rodgers' side slumped to a 2-0 loss against the Bundesliga outfit in Germany last month and Leipzig are 9/2 to beat the Bhoys by a two-goal margin in Glasgow on Thursday.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers said: "We know it's a tough game for us but we love playing at Celtic Park.

"If we are to have any opportunity to progress, it's a game we need to win. Not every pressure situation is a negative, though. We'll need to be at the very highest level to get a result.

"At this level the tempo is higher and quicker," he said. "We've shown that we can do that at this level. It's ensuring we have that consistency. Hopefully from there, we can create a platform to get a result."

After enduring a difficult spell, Celtic have hit top form recently and have scored 23 goals in their last five domestic games.

Scott Sinclair has been excellent in the last few matches and the former Manchester City player said: "We know what we need to do to get the win. The last game gave us a clear understanding of Leipzig and we've worked on how to overcome the challenge they pose us.

"We're much stronger at home with the fans behind us and the amazing atmosphere, so hopefully we have a much better game than we had in the last match and hopefully we get the win this time."

Sinclair is 5/2 to score at any time in a match Celtic are 12/1 to win 2-1.

Rodgers optimistic despite loss

Brendan Rodgers accepts that if Celtic are to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League they will need to beat RB Leipzig next month.

Rodgers' side produced a limp display in Germany against Leipzig on Thursday, eventually slumping to a 2-0 defeat against the Bundesliga side.

In addition, Jozo Simunovic and Cristian Gamboa picked up injuries during the match and are almost certainly out of Sunday's League Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield, which Celtic are 4/7 to win.

Celtic are scheduled to play RB Leipzig on home soil on 8th November.

Rodgers insisted: "We have seen enough to know that we can win the game at home when the players come back. I believe it's something that's well within our capabilities.

"If we are going to have any aspiration of getting through the group, it's a game first and foremost we have to win. That will be our objective.

"We've obviously lost two matches against two very good sides away from home and we've got three points on the board."

In their first two group matches, Celtic beat Rosenborg and lost to Red Bull Salzburg.

Celtic were without Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic in Leipzig because of either injury or illness while Simunovic picked up an ankle injury during the game and Gamboa sustained a hamstring problem.

Rodgers said of the injuries: "It looks like Simunovic will be struggling. He took an awkward landing. He will be a question-mark for the weekend.

"Cristian felt a tightness. We will just have to look at it and see on Friday. When you come off with that type of injury it can be a major doubt."

Celtic are 2/9 to win the Scotland Premiership this term while Hearts can be backed at 14/1.

Gordon upbeat despite injuries

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is confident that Brendan Rodgers' injury-hit side can beat RB Leipzig in the Europa League on Thursday.

Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths have both been ruled out of the game, while Tom Rogic did not travel with the squad and James Forrest is suspended.

Scotland international Forrest was sent off during the 3-1 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg three weeks ago. Celtic had won their first group game against Rosenborg 1-0 and have triumphed in each of their last three Scottish Premiership matches – against Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Hibernian.

Rodgers' side can be backed at 15/2 to beat RB Leipzig on Thursday and at 20/1 to win 2-1 against the German outfit, who lost 3-2 at home to Salzburg before winning 3-1 at Rosenborg. They are currently fifth in the Bundesliga.

Former Hearts and Sunderland shot-stopper Gordon said ahead of the game: "We'd like to have everybody available but that's not always going to happen at different points during the season.

"It gives the other players in the squad a good opportunity to come in and show what they can do on one of the biggest stages in European football.

"As players we're fully focused on this game and finishing the group as strongly as we can. The most important one is the next one and that's what we're looking forward to.

"We know it's going to be a very difficult game. We’ve watc'ed videos and know what kind of threat we'll come up against. It's going to be difficult."

Kampl cool after Leipzig upturn

RB Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl says a key factor in his side continuing their fine run of recent form will be that everyone at the club continues to pull together.

Die Bullen began the new Bundesliga campaign with just one win in their first four games, but they have since seen off Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and Nuremberg to rise to second place in the table behind Borussia Dortmund.

And, while Kampl is excited about the way things are progressing, the Slovenia international is also wary of reading too much into results over such a short space of time.

He told the official Bundesliga website: "There's always room for improvement, but in recent games we've reached the maximum in terms of overall performance.

"We would readily accept it if we can hold our current second place, but the season is only seven games old, so you can't read too much into it.

"I can only warn against complacency, things can quickly turn against you. One thing is clear: we can only achieve our goals if everyone pulls together.

"We know that we have what it takes to be a good team – but we all need to pull in the same direction."

Following the international break, Leipzig return to action on Saturday 20th October when they head to the WWK Arena to take on Augsburg.

The visitors are 6/5 to win at Augsburg and are 5/2 to secure a draw, with RB Leipzig 4/6 to secure a top-four finish in the Bundesliga come the end of the season.

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Bundesliga: BVB Up and Running

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 RB Leipzig

Lucien Favre got his first win as BVB coach as he watched his side beat Leipzig 4-1 with all but one of the goals coming in the first half.

After being stunned by a first minute Leipzig strike Dortmund piled forward to put the game to bed before the break. It was the final match of Round One in the Bundesliga and the most eagerly anticipated. And the first 45 minutes certainly didn’t disappoint.

New coach Favre will be delighted with this win. BVB has rebuilt over the summer and is set for an assault on the title, and the whole club, owners, fans, coach and players were desperate for a fast start.

The opening day Bundesliga 2018 results saw wins for FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt and BVB was in no mood to lose early ground.

Highlights of the Game

It’s the biggest stand in the Bundesliga and the Yellow Wall is legendary in its support, but the 25,000 fans in the South Stand, along with the rest of the Stadium couldn’t quite believe their eyes when Leipzig went ahead in the very first minute.

Jean-Kevin Augustin found himself with space in the box and he fired low and true into the bottom left-hand corner to stun the home crowd into temporary silence. And then a minute later Yussuf Poulson had a chance to make it two but his header flew wide.

BVB settled themselves down and gradually began to pass the ball around with some authority, and Marco Reus put Thomas Delaney through but the Danish midfielder’s shot from a tight angle was saved. But the Yellow Wall didn’t have too long to wait and it erupted on 21 minutes when Marcel Schmelzer crossed for Mahmoud Dahoud to plant his header low into the corner of the net.

Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg have been a prolific partnership up front for RB Leipzig and the Swede tried his luck from distance to put Leipzig back in front but saw his shot saved.

Then, as Leipzig looked to go in level at the break, within the blink of an eye they were 3-1 down. First, on 41 minutes the hapless Marcel Sabitzer put through his own goal, and then, on 43, new signing Axel Witsel was on hand to poke the ball home from a corner.

Marco Reus has said Witsel is the most important signing of the summer and the new man is already justifying his skipper’s faith.

The Bundesliga 2018 odds have Dortmund as clear second favourites behind FC Bayern and that looked pretty sound after a helter-skelter first 45 minutes.

Leipzig came out fighting at the start of the second half and when Werner crossed for Lukas Klostermann the defender saw his fierce shot saved in the top corner. A flurry of Leipzig corners followed and Forsberg was also denied by a good save.

But BVB weathered the storm and began to take control again towards the hour mark. Reus was at the centre of much of the hosts’ good play and Thomas Delaney came close to making it four, heading just wide from a Christian Pulisic corner.

Leipzig’s 19-year-old signing Matheus Cunha tried to conjure a comeback and he put Bruma in on the left side of the box but his shot was saved.

Marco reus seals the victory for Borussia Dortmund over RB Leipzig after scoring his 100th career Bundesliga goal

Marco in action for Borussia Dortmund versus RB Leipzig in their Bundesliga season opener

Reus continued to pull the strings and he created a chance for Dahoud but the German striker couldn’t get his second. And then the captain got his own reward in injury time, finishing off a fast break with a shot from the left-hand side of the box into the opposite corner, to make it a near-perfect start.

We’re only one game in, but hey, Dortmund is top of the league.

Key Statistics

The us odds had Dortmund to win at 1.82 and it was pretty much nailed on by halftime. Leipzig was well in the game with 53 per cent possession and 11 shots to 10. But it’s goals that matter and those stats are pretty damning for Die Roten Bullen.

Werner and Forsberg plundered 55 goals between then in Leipzig’s superb season, when they finished seventh in 2017, but they didn’t really get a sniff here.

There were five goals the last time Leipzig visited Dortmund but on that occasion, in October last year, they ran out 2-3 winners.

BVB has levelled things up now in recent meetings, making it two wins each and one drawn, and they’ll expect to nudge ahead in the return.

What’s next?

It’s onwards and upwards for Favre as he takes his BVB away to Hannover 96 next Friday, before entertaining Eintracht Frankfurt at the Signal Iduna Park.

RB Leipzig has a crucial Europa tie against FC Zorya, having drawn the away leg 0-0; before hosting Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga. Despite the scoreline, Ralf Rangnick won’t panic after this display and we can expect to see Leipzig get into their stride sooner rather than later.

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Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig: BVB and the Yellow Wall vs RB Leipzig

Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig

The 81,000-capacity Signal-Iduna-Park will be bouncing on Sunday as the Bundesliga kicks off with the 25,000-fan Yellow Wall as big and bold as ever.

Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig is always a huge fixture, and as the season opener, it’s a humdinger! The fans in the South Stand are the most famous in European football and they’ll make a wall of sound as they try to roar their team on to victory.

us is proud to partner the Bundesliga’s best-supported club, but for this game, we’ll be impartial as always! The Dortmund vs Leipzig odds point to a home win, but it promises to be a hard-fought battle. Dortmund finished last season in the final Champions League spot but left it to the very last day, and sixth-placed Leipzig were just two points behind.

Talking Points

New BVB coach Lucien Favre’s first objective is to improve on last season; he has worked hard in the recruitment department, notably bringing in Abdou Diallo from

Mainz in a €28-million deal. The France U21 skipper has arrived in Dortmund with a five-year deal which Favre hopes will see him become a fan favourite at centre-back.

Skipper Marco Reus has said the most important acquisition of the summer period was Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian. The Belgian midfielder has previously been linked with a move to Juventus, and he scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner in the 2-1 cup winner over Greuther Furth last week.

Favre has also brought in Morocco star Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid, as well as Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen and Marwin Hitz from Augsburg. The big question is how quickly can the boss mould his new recruits into a formidable team when he himself has just arrived at the Signal-Iduna-Park?

Dortmund fans have high expectations following recent success under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp which included several domestic triumphs and culminated in a 2013 Champions League final appearance against FC Bayern.

This is a working city with a large-scale redevelopment of industrial space and breweries producing millions of litres of beer a year. They love their beer and they love their football team, and the Yellow Wall will be noisy and expectant come Sunday.

That’s something the visiting Leipzig players will have to deal with. And they have to do it without one big player of the last couple of seasons, following the departure of battling midfielder Naby Keita to Liverpool. Anfield boss Klopp has had a dig at Leipzig, saying it’s not a city with a great football heritage and may not have been the natural home for the Guinean, who doesn’t speak German. That won’t be lost on Leipzig fans who know which Klopp’s favourite Bundesliga club is.

Their own team may not have as rich a heritage, but Leipzig did take their place as the biggest rivals to FC Bayern in 2016/17, picking up second place in the top league.

They couldn’t repeat that feat last time out but made a Europa place with a solid season. Die Roten Bullen did beat the Champions so are always a danger, but Champions League and Europa commitments ultimately proved too much for them to mount another successful top-four challenge.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has been hired to take the club forward next year, and so Ralf Rangnick is sitting in the hot seat and he has plenty to work on. He has been recruiting from South America, bringing in Uruguayan left-back Marcelo Saracchi and, alongside new Brazilian winger Matheus Cunha, he has impressed in pre-season.

Bundesliga Dortmund vs Leipzig: Emil Forsberg returns to club duty after splendid World Cup duty

Leipzig star Emil Forsberg controls the ball in match vs BK Hacken

Leipzig’s 2017 success was built on a prolific strike partnership of Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg who plundered a whopping 55 league goals between them. Can they do it again? Well, Rangnick is trying to provide the service. As well as bringing in Cunha, Rangnick has been pursuing 20-year-old Everton winger Ademola Lookman and would love to bring him in before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. But the Goodison Park club is demanding £28m plus add-ons.

History

The Roten Bullen have a humble heritage compared to their hosts. Second place in 2017 is the pinnacle of Leipzig’s achievements, compared to BVB’s eight titles.

But Rangnick’s team is living in the present, and recent Dortmund vs Leipzig results have been in favour of the visitors with the head-to-heads reading two wins to one and one drawn. The two sides met at the Signa-Iduna-Park in October 2017 and Leipzig ran out 2-3 winners on that occasion, the departed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring both the home side’s goals.

In the run-up to the game, Dortmund followed up a friendly 1-0 win over Serie A giants Lazio with that Cup first-round win over Greuther Furth. Leipzig won their cup match against Viktoria Koln, but have a Europa playoff qualifier against to Zoria Luhansk to contend with before Sunday, though Rangnick is expected to rotate his squad for the trip to Ukraine.

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Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig Borussia Dortmund 1×2 @ 1.78
August 27, 00:00 (GMT+8)

European commitments made life difficult for Leipzig last season, and while these are early days and legs are fresh, the longer preparation time available to Favre could work in his favour.

BVB recruited well while Leipzig’s business may not yet be completed, and there is a steely determination in Dortmund to recapture former glories.

An alternative view would be to look at the draw at 3.65 or a Double chance Leipzig or Draw at 1.92. But I think the Yellow Wall will be deafening, especially if the outcome is a 2-1 win…and that’s available at 7.40.

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