RB Leipzig meets Hansa Rostock in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup in the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
RB Leipzig go into this game with a 2-0 win over Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. A first-half penalty from Portuguese striker Andre Silva and a second-half goal from French midfielder Christopher Nkunku sealed the deal for Domenico Tedesco’s RB Leipzig.
Hansa Rostock, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to Christoph Dabrowski’s Hannover in the 2nd Bundesliga. A second-half goal from young midfielder Linton Maina secured Hannover victory.
RB Leipzig vs. Hansa Rostock head to head
In two direct duels between the two teams, RB Leipzig won one game and lost the other.
The two clubs last met in 2014 when RB Leipzig beat Hansa Rostock 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from striker Daniel Frahn.
RB Leipzig form leaders in the Bundesliga: WWLDW
Hansa Rostock’s form leader in the 2nd Bundesliga: LDLDD
RB Leipzig vs. Hansa Rostock Team News
RB Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco will not be able to call on the services of defender Marcel Halstenberg and Sweden striker Emil Forsberg. There are doubts about the availability of France defender Nordi Mukiele and Austria midfielder Konrad Laimer. Guinea international Ilaix Moriba and Mali international Amadou Haidara both represent their nations at AFCON.
Injured: Emil Forsberg, Marcel Halstenberg
Doubtful: Nordi Mukiele, Konrad Laimer
Not available: Amadou Haidara, Ilaix Moriba
Hansa Rostock, meanwhile, are without defender Lukas Scherff while there are doubts about the availability of winger Maurice Litka. Other than that, no problems are known and manager Jens Hartel is expected to have a full squad available.
Injured: Luke Scherff
Doubtful: Moritz Litka
RB Leipzig vs Hansa Rostock Prediction XI
Expected XI of RB Leipzig (3-4-2-1): Josep Martinez, Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, Josko Gvardiol, Solomon Bonnah, Sidney Raebiger, Kevin Kampl, Benjamin Henrichs, Dani Olmo, Dominik Szoboszlai, Yussuf Poulsen
Hansa Rostock Prognosis XI (4-1-4-1): Markus Kolke, Nico Neidhart, Thomas Meissner, Damian Roßbach, Calogero Rizzuto, Lukas Frode, Pascal Breier, Bentley Baxter Bahn, Simon Rhein, Haris Duljevic, John Verhoek
RB Leipzig vs Hansa Rostock Prediction
RB Leipzig have been at their best this season. After a poor start to the campaign, Jesse Marsch was removed as manager and Domenico Tedesco took over. Despite spending heavily in the summer, RB Leipzig has had a quiet Bundesliga season and will have a good run in the DFB-Pokal.
Hansa Rostock, on the other hand, is 15th in the 2nd Bundesliga. Not many expect them to beat RB Leipzig, but there have been bigger surprises in football.
RB Leipzig will be the favourite.
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