RB Leipzig’s title hopes were handed a big blow when they were held 1-1 at home by SC Freiburg when the 2019-20 Bundesliga season started last weekend.
Wins for both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday leave Julian Nagelsmann’s side 10 points off the top, whilst Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s win knocked Leipzig out of the top four places ahead of Sunday’s game.
Hosts Mainz 05 start the day four points above the relegation play-off and a further two points above the automatic relegation spots. They picked up a valuable 2-2 draw away to FC Koln last Sunday.
The two lineups confirmed for this afternoon’s game are as follows:
Florian Muller; Bote Baku, Jeffrey Bruma, Jerry St. Juste, Moussa Niakhate, Aaron Martin; Jean-Paul Boetius, Pierre Kunde, Edimilson Fernandes, Robin Quaison; Karim Onisiwo
Substitutes: Finn Dahmen, Daniel Brosinski, Alexander Hack, Danny Latza, Levin Oztunalı, Leandro Barreiro, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Ji Dong-won, Taiwo Awoniyi
The hosts appear to be playing a 5-4-1 formation that could switch into a 3-4-3 when in possession.
Karim Onisiwo leads the line despite only scoring four goals so far this season, but will be supported by Robin Quaison, who is the club’s top goalscorer with 12 goals this season.
There’s a fifth start of the season for goalkeeper Florian Muller and sixth for January loan signing Jeffrey Bruma in the heart of their defence.
Peter Gulacsi; Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann; Konrad Laimer; Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Sabitzer, Kevin Kampl, Dani Olmo; Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen
Substitutes: Yvon Mvogo, Willi Orban, Nordi Mukiele, Angelino, Hannes Wolf, Amadou Haidara, Tyler Adams, Ademola Lookman, Patrik Schick
Julian Nagelsmann is naming very attack minded 3-1-3-3 formation for the second game in a row as Konrad Laimer will sit in front of the back three as he did in last weekend’s home game.
Timo Werner is the main threat up front but has good support from Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunko and Kevin Kampl, who are all goalscorers themselves. January signing Dani Olmo is an exciting prospect down the wing.