Leipzig and Hamburg Reignite Rivalry in BundesligaPublished September 8, 2017 by Florin P
Leipzig tries to avenge the last home defeat to Hamburg by winning on the road (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Hamburg has successfully avoided relegation throughout its history and is currently the only team to have always played in the first division. Leipzig has returned to the Bundesliga and has high expectations after an impressive opening season. The two teams have a strong rivalry, one that is reignited by the fact that both are now playing in the first German division.
Hamburg Seeks Its Third Consecutive Win
Bundesliga matches are significantly more difficult than the games played in the second division, so Leipzig was expected to struggle in the first week. However, they took opponents by storm and finished second behind the reigning champions Bayern. Against Hamburg, they should expect an open match, with many opportunities to score because the home side is playing offensive football.
The first two games have been won by the resilient team and the most impressive victory is the one recently secured on the road against Koln. On Friday, Hamburg has home pitch advantage and this will compel players to play offensive football despite the obvious quality of the opponent.
Rendering Home Pitch Advantage in Relevant
Leipzig won the vast majority of games last season in front of its fans, but the match against Hamburg was the odd exception. The visitors scored three unanswered goals and effectively ended Leipzig’s title bid in the process. However, the first leg was lost by them in an equally disappointing manner, as the eventual runners-up scored four goals without conceding any.
The bottom line is that so far home pitch advantage didn’t mean anything when these two teams played against each other. Knowing this and seeing the odds of 9/10 offered by bet365 Sports on Leipzig to win, it makes perfect sense to take them and bet on the better team.