RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
The last Bundesliga encounter in 2017 will take place at the “Red Bull Arena” where RB Leipzig is set to host Hertha BSC on Sunday night, 17 December. The clash in Leipzig will certainly have its contribution to the holiday spirit of both sides since a win here will guarantee a top-three position of “The Red Bulls”, while Hertha can spend the short winter break not that far away from the relegation zone, if they fail to earn something out of it.
Both sides have already been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal and won’t participate in the upcoming midweek round there, so the Sunday Bundesliga match will close the first-half of the season and they are fully focused into it.
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin 17.12.2017
RB Leipzig have failed to win in any of their last four matches in all competitions. Besides, they have only won one of their last five Bundesliga fixtures and given up second spot to Schalke 04 as a result. Nevertheless, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men are very solid at home turf where they remain unbeaten in a Bundesliga match since May, when they lost 4:5 to Bayern Munich. “The Red Bulls” have five wins and two draws in following home games (Bundseliga only) ever since, so they have all arguments to claim a positive result when “The Old Lady” from Berlin arrives in town.
Hertha achieved a home success in the midweek Bundesliga leg when Pal Dardai’s men won 3:1 vs Hannover 96, moving to the 11th position with 21 points after 16 rounds. Thus Hertha Berlin remains on five points from the sixth-position, where they have ended last season, which is either not so big distance but not so short one as well.
Team News and Missing Players
RB Leipzig returns at home with a point won from Wolfsburg and “The Red Bulls” can be thankful to the shocking miss made by Divock Origi in closing minutes of the game. This was their second Bundesliga draw in the past days and Ralph Hasenhüttl will be keen to close the most successful year of RB Leipzig with a victory in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, talented French defender Dayot Upamecano will miss out due to suspension (he was sent off against Wolfsburg) but Willi Orban is ready to return in the squad. He was rested in the midweek and should be fully fit to start here so Hasenhüttl looks convinced about one of the two centre-backs, while Stefan Ilsanker, Ibrahima Konate or Marvon Compper could fill the second spot.
The bad news are related with injuries of both wingers Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer who won’t recover in time here, so Bruma and Kevin Kampl are the two favourites to push through the wings.
Despite a fine result at the “Olympiastadion” in Berlin, Hertha gave a serious victim in Mitchell Weiser’s face. The 23-years-old wing-back won’t be available for Leipzig and his position on the right-wing will be taken by Mathew Leckie, while Peter Pekarik should start as a right-back.
Karim Rekik was also forced out of the pitch in the midweek and Sebastian Langkamp or Jordan Torunarigha should replace the injured Dutch defender. Rekik and Weiser join Hertha’s injury list where we also find names of Vladimir Darida and Valentin Stocker.
RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin Prediction and Betting Tips
RB Leipzig is considered a strong favourite and that’s mostly because of their fabulous home form in the Bundesliga. However, only a week ago (last Saturday) they have found themselves in a similar situation when struggling Mainz 05 stole a point at the “Red Bull Arena” and ended their winning home streak (four games in a row) in the Bundesliga.
Guests from Berlin have scored in each of the last 8 Bundesliga rounds and in 9 of the last 10. The only game where they couldn’t score for that period was at home against Schalke 04 (lost 0:2), but that outcome has been pretty much influenced by the red card shown to Genki Haraguchi in the first-half.
RB Leipzig are those who will chase the three points and must defend their top-four positioning, especially if the other competitors accomplish suitable results earlier in the weekend. This, on the other hand, would open a lot of space to the Hertha BSC players who are very capable to play on counter-attacks and we expect some scoring opportunities for both teams. Consequently, our betting prediction suggest both teams will find the opposite net and we place our stake on “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin
Venue: “Red Bull Arena”, Leipzig.
Referee: Frank Willenborg.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi – Lukas Klostermann, Stefan Ilsanker, Willi Orban, Marcel Halstenberg – Naby Keïta, Diego Demme – Kevin Kampl, Bruma – Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner. (4-2-2-2)
Hertha BSC: Rune Jarstein – Peter Pekarik, Niklas Stark, Jordan Torunarigha, Marvin Plattenhardt – Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Fabian Lustenberger – Mathew Leckie, Valentino Lazaro, Salomon Kalou – Davie Selke. (4-2-3-1)