Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Hamburg SV vs RB Leipzig betting tips and predictions for Friday night’s Bundesliga game. Will HSV make it three wins in a row after a clash against last season’s vice champions RB Leipzig? Find out more in our match preview and free betting tips.
H2H History: Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig
Both sides have met only two times and they have exchanged a win on the road. HSV won 3:0 in Leipzig earlier this year (in February), while guests from Leipzig remember their previous visit to Hamburg with a 4:0 success from September 2016. All four goals were scored in the second half and two of them were netted by Timo Werner.
Bundesliga: Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig 08.09.2017
After another frustrating season (finishing 14th) at the end of season 2016-17, Hamburger SV began the 2017-18 campaign with new hopes and their good mood will be inspired by the maximum six points taken from their opening two matches. Indeed, Markus Gisdol’s side won over Augsburg (1:0) and FC Cologne (1:3) but The Red Shorts should be thankful their enemies were not that effective since they have created the more scoring chances in both games. However, the final score was on HSV’s side in both occasions and the club from Hamburg can reach the Bundesliga top at least for a while, if they earn something from round three’s opener.
RB Leipzig didn’t quite look themselves in the opening round against Schalke 04 (a 2-0 loss in Gelsenkirchen), but soon followed that up with a convincing 4-1 win at home, making a full comeback to SC Freiburg. This has to be a sign that “The Red Bulls” are re-emerging and they must maintain the good impression only few days before Leipzig’s first ever Champions League encounter – a home tie vs AS Monaco on Wednesday night.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
After earning themselves an unbelievable 2nd place finish in their first ever top flight campaign last season, RB Leipzig have only strengthened their position at the transfer market. Despite Liverpool’s interest and already confirmed transfer, Naby Keïta will stay in Leipzig for a few months more and his presence will be crucial for Leipzig’s eventual progress. Kevin Kampl, Bruma and Jean-Kévin Augustin are among the new names who have arrived in the East German club and latter two are expected to start in Hamburg.
Ralph Hasenhuttl follows situation around Austrian winger Marcel Sabitzer and Danish striker Yussuf Poulsen who are both questionable. If they’re, or just one of them is unavailable, Hasenhuttl will most likely start with someone/both of the aforementioned summer signings.
On the other hand HSV’s boss has its own selection concerns as the center back Mergim Mavraj is suspended (sent-off in Cologne), winger Nicolai Muller remains sidelined for a long time (after scoring against Augsburg) with a damaged knee ligament and Aaron Hunt is doubtful with a muscular injury. An eventual absence of Aaron Hunt may open a spot for Lewis Holtby behind the striker, while Gideon Jung can start as a central defender alongside Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig Prediction and Betting Tips
German striker Timo Werner was RB Leizpig’s top scorer last season (21 goals in 31 matches) and his recent form has to make him worth a punt on. Our first betting prediction is related with Werner’s form as he scored a brace vs Freiburg prior the international break, followed by three more goals in Germany’s World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic (one goal) and Norway (two goals). “Timo Werner – Anytime Goalscorer”
Given the presence of hosts like HSV and an attacking-minded side like RB Leipzig playing away from home, we believe that backing the scoring abilities of both teams is another market that is worth to place a bet on. “Both teams to score – Yes“. HSV have only failed to score once in their last 16 home matches – in a scoreless draw vs Mainz 05.
Possible Lineups of Hamburger SV and RB Leipzig
Venue: “Volksparkstadion”, Hamburg.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin.
Hamburger SV: Christian Mathenia – Dennis Diekmeier, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Gideon Jung, Rick van Drongelen – Walace, Albin Ekdal – Andre Hahn, Lewis Holtby, Filip Kostic – Bobby Wood. (4-2-3-1)
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Lukas Klostermann, Willi Orban, Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg – Bruma, Diego Demme, Naby Keïta, Emil Forsberg – Jean-Kevin Augustin, Timo Werner. (4-4-2)