RB Leipzig hosts Real Sociedad in the first leg of the Europa League 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 17th at Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)
RB Leipzig is gradually gaining momentum under the management of Domenico Tedesco. On February 11, the Red Bulls were stronger than FC Koln at home (3-1). One of the goals was scored by Christopher Nkunku. In the current season, the Frenchman has already scored 19 goals in all competitions. And he will probably move to a stronger team in the summer. The path of RB Leipzig in the current European campaign began from the group stage of the Champions League. The Red Bulls predictably took 3rd place, lagging behind Manchester City and PSG. They themselves earned only seven points. Leipzig played in the Europa League back in 2018, and then it failed to qualify from the group. In total, the Bulls played nine home matches in the Europa League, which ended as follows: six wins, two losses, and one draw.
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In autumn, Real Sociedad played in the group stage of the Europa League. The team took second place, earning nine points in six matches. Monaco finished on the first line (12 points). At the moment, Imanol Alguacil’s men are not in their best form. They played seven matches in 2022, in which the following results were recorded: three victories, three draws, and one defeat. In addition, the Basques have not even managed to score a single goal in the last three games. As for the team’s away performances in the Europa League, they have been quite unstable in recent years. In the previous eight away games, Real Sociedad gained only two victories and four draws and suffered two defeats.
RB Leipzig performed very well in the last Europa League matches on a home pitch. Namely, the Red Bulls gained six victories in nine home games. If we consider six of the last eight home games, the team scored at least two goals in each of them. Quite an interesting confrontation awaits us. A strong team from Germany will face a tough team from Spain. I agree with bookmakers and think that the hosts will be closer to winning. Under the management of Tedesco, the Bulls play very intense football. It is quite possible that the Basques will simply not manage to stand such a rhythm, given that they are used to playing in a fairly calm manner. I expect that it is due to the high intensity that the hosts will take their toll.