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RB Leipzig vs BK Hacken - Match Preview

25 Jul 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Qualification
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Qualification

RB Leipzig

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
16:30 GMT
26 July 2018

BK Hacken

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
16:30 GMT 26 July 2018

After two days of Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday brings Europa League qualifiers with almost 50 matches taking place. One of the stand-out ties is RB Leipzig’s second qualifying round first-leg clash with Hacken.

STATS

  • RB Leipzig finished 6th in the Bundesliga last term after looking as though they’d steal the final Champions League spot. The Europa League was good to the German side where they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage against Marseille. They drew 2-2 in their friendly on Tuesday against German minnows, ZFC Meuselwitz but the players in action won’t play on Thursday.
  • BK Hacken had a decent 2017 season as they finished 4th in the Allsvenskan and weren’t far off closing the gap on 2nd and 3rd. They’re currently in the bottom half of the table at the halfway stage of the campaign so another European finish looks very unrealistic. They beat Liepâja 4-2 on aggregate in the first qualifying round after winning the away leg 3-0.
  • Timo Werner was in great goalscoring form last season with 21 goals in all competitions, at least nine ahead of any of his team-mates.
  • There isn’t a single player who has scored more Swedish top-flight goals this term than Paulinho of Hacken, who has nine in 12 appearances.
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HEAD TO HEAD

It’s no surprise that these two sides have never met in the past with RB Leipzig’s establishment coming in the 21st century. Hacken aren’t particularly European regulars either.

RB LEIPZIG NEWS

It is vital that RB Leipzig take a win into the second leg and attempt to avoid conceding a goal that could come back to haunt them. They have no definite absences heading into the clash which is a great benefit ahead of a potentially big match.

Latest matches: RB Leipzig

24.07.2018 Club ZFC Meuselwitz RB Leipzig 2:2 D
12.05.2018 Bund Hertha BSC RB Leipzig 2:6 W
05.05.2018 Bund RB Leipzig VfL Wolfsburg 4:1 W
29.04.2018 Bund 1 FSV Mainz 05 RB Leipzig 3:0 L
21.04.2018 Bund RB Leipzig 1899 Hoffenheim 2:5 L

HACKEN NEWS

A successful result for Hacken would be to avoid defeat and score at least one away goal in the process. A narrow loss wouldn’t be a drama as the second-leg is on their patch. Like Leipzig, they have no serious injuries which enhances their chance of victory.

Latest matches: BK Hacken

22.07.2018 Alls Djurgardens IF BK Hacken 2:1 L
19.07.2018 UEFA BK Hacken FK Liepaja 1:2 L
15.07.2018 Alls IFK Norrkoping BK Hacken 2:1 L
12.07.2018 UEFA FK Liepaja BK Hacken 0:3 W
07.07.2018 Alls BK Hacken GIF Sundsvall 3:0 W

SUMMARY

RB Leipzig are big favourites to take an advantage into the second-leg and it could be a considerable one with them having a far superior squad to their counterparts. Hacken will just be hoping to hold on in this one and could strike the hosts against the run of play. A handicap bet in favour of Leipzig might be wise ahead of this first-leg.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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