Leipzig take on the visitors Hannover 96 at the Red Bull Arena in the 3rd tour of the Bundesliga. The match will be played in the eponymous city Leipzig on Saturday, September 15th.
Last season Leipzig placed sixth in the Bundesliga with 53 points to their credit after 34 tours. Thereby the team went through to the UEFA Europe League qualification. Die Bullen have had four friendly matches this year, they have won two of them (over Grimma with a 7-0 score, over Zaglebie with a 1-0 score), have drawn one (against Meuselwitz with a 2-2 score) and have lost also one (to Huddersfield Town with a 0-3 score). In the 1/32-finals fixture of the DFB Pokal the team of Ralf Rangnick beat Viktoria Koln with a 3-1 score. In the second qualification round of the UEFA Europa League Leipzig beat Hacken (4-0, 1-1). In the third qualification round they beat U Craiova 1948 (3-1, 1-1). In the qualification play-offs Die Roten Bullen went through Zorya Luhansk (0-0, 3-2). In their two matches of the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season Leipzig drew once (against Fortuna Dusseldorf with a 1-1 score) and lost once (to Borussia Dortmund with a 1-4 score).
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Hannover 96 finished last season on the thirteenth place in the Bundesliga with 39 points to their credit. Die Roten have had ten friendly matches this year, they have won nine of them (over Kassel with a 2-1 score, over Ramlingen-Ehlershausen with a 7-0 score, over Havelse with a 4-0 score, over Nordhausen with a 2-0 score, over Zwolle with a 3-1 score, over Udinese with a 5-1 score, over the same Udinese with a 2-1 score, over Athletic Bilbao with a 2-0 score, over Hannoverscher with a 4-0 score) and have lost one (to Wolfsberger with a 3-2 score). In the 1/32-finals fixture of the DFB Pokal the team of Andre Breitenreiter beat Karlsruher with a 6-0 score. In their two matches of the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season Hannover 96 drew both times (against Werder Bremen with a 1-1 score, against Borussia Dortmund with a 0-0 score).
Leipzig and Hannover 96 have had only two fixtures between them in history and Die Bullen have won both of them (2-1, 3-2). It is likely that the team of Ralf Rangnick will get a victory in front of their home crowd in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction for the match: Leipzig to win.