Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: RB Leipzig at Mainz Preview

Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: RB Leipzig at Mainz Preview

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy Soccer series.

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Mainz have the home-field advantage in this game, but that might be the only edge they have on paper ahead of a tough matchup against RB Leipzig, one of the main title challengers in the 2019-20 Bundesliga season. Even though Leipzig enter on a three-game draw streak, they are still on a seven-game undefeated run in the league (W2, D5). Mainz have lost just one of their last five (W1, D3, L1) and have gone undefeated in their last three (W1, D2), but that might not be enough to counter Leipzig. One of their biggest issues lies in defense, as they have averaged 2.11 goals conceded per game this term. That is not a promising stat against a Leipzig side that ranks third in goals scored with 63 (2.42 per game).

Recent Form

Mainz: W1, D3, L1

RB Leipzig: W2, D3

Team News

Mainz

OUT: Stefan Bell (ankle), Robin Zentner (knee)

Doubful: None

RB Leipzig

OUT: Ibrahima Konate (leg), Ethan Ampadu (back)

Doubtful: Emil Forsberg (mouth)

Expected Lineups

Mainz: Florian Muller; Moussa Niakhate, Jeremiah St. Juste, Aaron; Edimilson Fernandes, Ridle Baku, Jean-Paul Boetius, Pierre Kunde Malong; Robin Quaison; Ji Dong-Won, Karim Onisiwo

RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann, Nordi Mukiele, Dayot Upamecano, Angelino; Kevin Kampl, Konrad Laimer, Christopher Nkunku; Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner

Top Picks

Timo Werner: Werner could not score last week against Freiburg,

Game Preview

Mainz have the home-field advantage in this game, but that might be the only edge they have on paper ahead of a tough matchup against RB Leipzig, one of the main title challengers in the 2019-20 Bundesliga season. Even though Leipzig enter on a three-game draw streak, they are still on a seven-game undefeated run in the league (W2, D5). Mainz have lost just one of their last five (W1, D3, L1) and have gone undefeated in their last three (W1, D2), but that might not be enough to counter Leipzig. One of their biggest issues lies in defense, as they have averaged 2.11 goals conceded per game this term. That is not a promising stat against a Leipzig side that ranks third in goals scored with 63 (2.42 per game).

Recent Form

Mainz: W1, D3, L1

RB Leipzig: W2, D3

Team News

Mainz

OUT: Stefan Bell (ankle), Robin Zentner (knee)

Doubful: None

RB Leipzig

OUT: Ibrahima Konate (leg), Ethan Ampadu (back)

Doubtful: Emil Forsberg (mouth)

Expected Lineups

Mainz: Florian Muller; Moussa Niakhate, Jeremiah St. Juste, Aaron; Edimilson Fernandes, Ridle Baku, Jean-Paul Boetius, Pierre Kunde Malong; Robin Quaison; Ji Dong-Won, Karim Onisiwo

RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann, Nordi Mukiele, Dayot Upamecano, Angelino; Kevin Kampl, Konrad Laimer, Christopher Nkunku; Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner

Top Picks

Timo Werner: Werner could not score last week against Freiburg, but the Germany international remains Leipzig's main scoring threat, as he has 21 goals and seven assists in 26 Bundesliga outings. He is bound to score sooner than later, and he could take advantage of Mainz's poor defensive line that averages 2.11 goals conceded per game this term.

Christopher Nkunku: The former PSG midfielder has been thriving as a play-maker for Leipzig this season. Emil Forsberg is not likely to start, which means Nkunku should find himself in the lineup once again. He has 14 assists in 24 Bundesliga outings this season, ranking as one of the league leaders in that department.

Lineup Strategies

Load up on RB Leipzig: Leipzig are the better side by a wide margin and are likely to dominate possession. That's why it's smart to load up a big stack of RBL players in the lineup, regardless of the combination. Names such as Peter Gulacsi, Christopher Nkunku, Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen (if he starts) are the safest bets. Plus, Leipzig are coming off three straight draws at the league level. They are in dire need of a win, and that could force them to play with a more attacking approach.

Full-backs could be extremely valuable: Both sides need to win and, as if that wasn't enough, both sides tend to play wide often. That's why the likes of Angelino and Aaron Martin could have decent value, as long as they earn enough chances to move forward. Plus, Marcel Halstenberg is one of the first Leipzig players to move the ball out of the back, which could lead to a high number of passes.

Captain and Vice-Captain Options

  1. Timo Werner
  2. Christopher Nkunku
  3. Robin Quaison
  4. Peter Gulacsi

Dream11 Team

GK – Peter Gulacsi

DF – Angelino

DF – Marcel Halstenberg

DF – Aaron

MF – Christopher Nkunku

MF – Jean-Paul Boetius

MF – Edimilson Fernandes

MF – Kevin Kampl

FW – Timo Werner (C)

FW – Robin Quaison (VC)

FW – Yussuf Poulsen

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