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RB Leipzig vs. Stuttgart preview:
Can die Roten Bullen get off the mark?

By Ben Sully   @SullyBen

After beginning the new Bundesliga campaign with a defeat, RB Leipzig will look to claim their first points of the season when they play host to Stuttgart on Friday.
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After thrashing Bayern Munich 3-0 to win their first-ever DFL-Supercup, Leipzig entered the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season in a positive mood. However, their confidence was dented by Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen side, who managed to get the better of Marco Rose’s charges in a five-goal thriller. While Leipzig found the net through Dani Olmo and summer signing Loïs Openda, goals from Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Tah and Florian Wirtz condemned die Roten Bullen to a 3-2 away defeat.

Leipzig will now return home to the Red Bull Arena, where they picked up 42 points during the 2022-23 season to finish the campaign with the second-best home record in the top flight. Their hopes of claiming maximum points on Friday will be boosted by their impressive head-to-head record, having won all five of their previous home meetings with Stuttgart, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once.
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El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Amadou Haidara are ruled out with knee and calf problems respectively. Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi remains a long-term absentee for the hosts, while Caden Clark is a doubt for Friday’s contest.


Fresh from beating fourth-tier Balingen 4-0 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Stuttgart produced a dominant display to claim another comfortable victory in Saturday’s league opener against Bochum.

Serhou Guirassy and Silas both netted braces in a commanding 5-0 victory where former Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou registered his first Stuttgart goal. After being involved in relegation battles in the last two seasons, Stuttgart will hope their opening-day result lays the foundation for a successful campaign.

Having failed to beat Leipzig in 10 competitive meetings, Stuttgart will be targeting their first-ever win over die Roten Bullen on Friday. Claiming all three points would certainly represent a statement of intent for a Stuttgart side that had to wait until April to clinch their first away league victory of the 2022-23 season.
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Deniz Undav, Josha Vagnoman, Nikolas Nartey and Fabian Bredlow are all sidelined for the visitors, while Thomas Kastanaras is also unlikely to feature due to an injury issue.

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