Leipzig: ‘Turbo’ is back
So, last year’s seventh-placed FC Koln kicked off their season with an impressive win against Schalke. They will try to stun RB Leipzig Saturday on Matchday 2.
For the first time since 2018, RB Leipzig failed to beat Stuttgart, held to a 1-1 draw by a team that was about to be sent to a second-tier league last season. Once again, Bundesliga Player of the Season Christopher Nkunku was the man, scored his first goal of 2022-2023. It wasn’t sufficient for his team to earn all three points, however.
RB Leipzig, in the summer transfer window, had their former player, Timo Werner, from Chelsea sign a four-year deal to return to the club. Nicknamed ‘Turbo’ because of his amazing pace on the pitch, Werner has 93 goals and 40 assists in just 158 Leipzig games before moving to Chelsea. It’s the flexibility that makes Werner such an attractive option for current Leipzig coach Tedesco., remaining the perfect fit for Leipzig’s varied attacking styles.
Great on aerial balls, and shots from outside the box, Werder will definitely be included in our soccer picks and parlays. We also have Nkuku. He’s a great goalscorer, but a better assister for the club. The Champions League group phases begin in less than a month, and Leipzig is trying to add some extra quality to their squad.
Playing without their main defender, Josko Gvardiol, in the opener. Gvardiol was injured in the German Super Cup against Bayern Munich, but the rock-solid defender is now fully-fit and ready to start..
Koln: Back with a bang
FC Koln were one of the surprise Bundesliga teams last season. They finished seventh, earning a Conference League spot. Witn no room for sentiment, they ruthlessly destroyed 10-man Schalke, 3-1, in their Bundesliga return. If you’re betting online, back Koln when they play at home.
FC Koln have never had a goalless draw under coach Steffen Baumgart. We don’t expect that to happen. They were the most-improved team in the Bundesliga last season, 17th to seventh. They also enjoyed a great pre-season campaign, having lost just once in six fixtures with four wins along the way.
They were only three points behind Freiburg for a Europa League place at the conclusion of the campaign, and will take on either Fehervar or Petrocub Hincesti for their spot in the group phase of the Europa Conference League. After an early DFB Pokal exit, at least Baumgart had more time to prioritize his side’s Bundesliga and European exploits. They lost their best striker last week, Anthony Modeste to Dortmund on a one-year deal.
Leipzig vs Koln Head-to-Head
RB Leipzig won three of the last six matches between the two sides, including a 3-1 victory at this venue in the last head-to-head as Nkunku contributed on the scoreboard. Both teams found the back of the net in nine of the last 10, and we’ve seen at least three goals scored in seven of the last nine. RB Leipzig managed to cover the spread on home soil against FC Koln in two of the last three.
Leipzig vs Koln Game Information
- Game: Leipzig (0-1-0) vs Koln (1-0-0)
- Location: Reb Bull Arena (Leipzig)
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 13th, 9:30 a.m. ET
- Leipzig vs Koln Live Stream: fubo.tv
Leipzig vs Koln Betting Lines
|RB Leipzig||-1½ +120||-230||3-110o||2½+150o
|FC Koln||+1½ -140||+650||3-110u||½-170o
Leipzig vs Koln Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -230 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds. The goal-line is set at three.
Koln lost their most important striker for the rest of the season, while RB Leipzig signed a world-class striker with Timo Werner ready to make his re-debut. Leipzig’s still trying to win their first match of the domestic season. They will have the home advantage for this clash, have their best defender back starting and we expect an easy win at home.