02 March 2019
Rocked-bottom Nurnberg welcome the Champions League promotion contestants RB Leipzig to the Max-Morlock-Stadion seeking their elusive first BL win since late September.
Rooted to the very bottom of the table with just two wins in the opening 23 Bundesliga fixtures, Nurnberg are the most likely candidates to join the German second tier. Although they trail 15th-placed Augsburg by only five points, Der Club’s disastrous 17-game BL winless streak (D5, L12) suggest they need a miracle to avoid returning to the lower division. It becomes worse for the returnees considering their tally of 18 goals scored remains the league’s second-lowest. Although both of their league wins arrived at home, Die Legende have not only lost three of their last five BL home outings, but they’ve also failed to hit the net three times along the way. If something can console the interim manager Marcus Rößler, it’s a fact Nurnberg outplayed RB Leipzig in both of their H2H clashes at this venue, while they were still playing in the 2. Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, the visitors are enjoying a good run of form that has seen them secure four wins in their last six games across all competitions (W4, D2). Although they currently sit fourth in the table, the Red Bulls have to maintain a positive spell to prevent Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer Leverkusen from closing the gap on them. Ralf Rangnick’s players have managed to improve their performances away from home, capturing three consecutive BL road triumphs after going through a difficult sequence that has seen them lose three times in a row. The more important thing is that the Bulls scored ten goals on their last three BL road trips, which is a notable improvement to just seven they’ve netted in eight road clashes earlier.
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