Bundesliga preview: Side with in-form Leipzig at 2/1 to grab first away-day triumph

The Bundesliga returns this weekend after the international break with matchday 12 upon us. Leipzig will hope to continue their charge, while it's derby day in Berlin.

RB Leipzig will not have wanted the international break to arrive after rolling over Borussia Dortmund last time out.

The Bundesiga Player of the Month for October Christopher Nkunku did the damage for the hosts, scoring and assisting as Leipzig climbed to fifth place in the table.

Jesse Marsch's men are finding their form after a poor start and are now unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga games.

Their solid run though has been based on their home form with Marsch's men yet to win away from the Red Bull Arena.

They have faced Wolfsburg and Freiburg, while they were denied a win against Eintracht Frankfurt in stoppage time.

Tuta scored in the final minute of added time to rescue Eintracht Frankfurt a point in a game in which Die Roten Bullen should have won.

Hoffenheim have struggled this season, but at home they have chalked up victories over Wolfsburg, Koln and Hertha Berlin. With that in mind, the 3/1 about them looks decent value, but Leipzig look to be getting into their stride and are more than capable of winning (3/4) at the PreZero Arena.

Hoffenheim could also be without talisman Andrej Kramaric on Saturday. The Croatia forward suffered a concussion on international duty.

Ermin Bicakcic, Pavel Kaderabek, Marco John, Sebastian Rudy, Robert Skov and Christoph Baumgartner all remain on the sidelines.

While Dennis Geiger, who has made seven league starts and is a key cog in central midfield, also remains a doubt due to a leg injury.

For Leipzig, Dani Olmo and Emil Forsberg will compete to replace Dominik Szoboszlai.

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Leipzig look to be hitting the right track and can get the away monkey off their backs with a win. But it may well be a struggle and with 12 home goals already, Hoffenheim will pose a threat.

So it's worth taking the 2/1 about a Leipzig win and both teams to score.

Freiburg vs Eintract Frankfurt (Sun, 14.30)

Freiburg are unbeaten at home this season and could go second with a win over Frankfurt.

In fact the Black Forest side have lost just once all season - a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich before the international break.

Freiburg were well beaten in Bavaria - a result which left them feeling "angry and proud," winger Vincenzo Grifo told The Athletic.

The 'anger' was obvious - they gave up their unbeaten record. But the 'proud' part came from Bayern's approach to the game. Grifo says "Bayern took us very seriously" and that shows just how well Christian Streich's team are respected this season.

It's hard to pick another team in Europe who are overachieving as Streich's men are and they will be eager to get back to winning ways on Sunday.

At evens they look good value to sink an Frankfurt side, who have been hit and miss so far. They remain the only side to defeat Bayern this term, but have lost to Hertha Berlin.

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Scoring goals has been their problem, with 12 in 11 games, as opposed to the hosts' 18.

That could prove their undoing at the SC-Stadion and Freiburg are worth supporting. But a 12/1 saver could well be worth having.

Eintracht have scored stoppage-time goals in their last three competitive games, twice to claim victories and once to force a draw with Leipzig. With that in mind, the 12/1 about Freiburg leading at half-time and a draw full-time looks appealing.

Union Berlin vs Hertha Berlin (Sat, 17.30)

Hertha boss Pal Derdai is "expecting a proper fight" in the Berlin derby on Saturday evening.

Rivals Union are four points better off and five places ahead of their more established rivals and Derdai and will not underestimate Union.

"We have to throw ourselves into the derby," said the Hungarian boss.

Union have been inspired to three wins and two draws at home by striker Taiwo Awoniyi. The former Liverpool man has seven goals and has already helped see off Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg at the Stadion an der Alten Forsterei.

Urs Fischer has made Union a hard team to beat and Die Eisernen have only lost two of their last 27 home matches in the Bundesliga.

Hertha, though, have had some success on the road with wins over Eintracht Frankfurt and Bochum.

But they have shipped plenty of goals too, 18 to be precise - although heavy 5-0 and 6-0 defeats at Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig skewer those stats.

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They will also be without the suspended Dedryck Boyata, while Stevan Jovetic could miss out again after testing positive for COVID-19.

It means the visitors may well be hard pushed to get more than a draw and the 23/10 about a Berlin derby stalemate holds appeal.

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