RB Leipzig vs BochumFrench Ligue 1, KO: 17:30 Oct 2, 2021, Red Bull Arena
Leipzig have endured an erratic start to the season and will be keen to get things back on track when they host Bochum at the Red Bull Arena in the German Bundesliga. Bochum have been even worse this season and Leipzig will be targeting a comfortable victory at home.
Leipzig’s stuttering campaign continued in midweek as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League. Christopher Nkunku’s first half strike was not enough to stop them from suffering their second straight defeat in the Champions League.
Manager Jesse Marsch will be particularly disappointed with the defeat as Leipzig failed to build on a 6-0 victory over Hertha Berlin in their previous Bundesliga fixture. They are currently 10th in the Bundesliga and will need to quickly turn their fortunes around in a bid to replicate last season’s seconds place finish.
Despite their recent struggles, Leipzig remain solid at home with just one defeat – to champions Bayern Munich – in their last five fixtures at the Red Bull Arena. They often claim one-sided victories at home with a 4-0 triumph over Stuttgart coming before the victory over Hertha Berlin.
Bochum failed to secure a win last time out in the Bundesliga as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Stuttgart. They showed plenty of energy and endeavour, although clear cut chances were few and far between.
Manager Thomas Reis will be keen to jump-start Bochum’s campaign as they sit 17th on the table having claimed just one victory all season. They are winless in their last four Bundesliga matches suffering three defeats in that run.
Bochum have also struggled on their travels and have lost all three of their away matches this season. They suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their previous fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
Leipzig have won all five previous matches against Bochum and claimed a 4-0 victory in the last meeting between both teams at the Red Bull Arena.
Players to watch
There appears to be no end in sight for Christopher Nkunku’s superb form in front of goal and the winger will be the one to watch for Leipzig. He has found the net six times in his last four matches and is priced at 6/5 with bet365 to once again find the net.
Leipzig are often solid at the back and have kept clean sheets in two of their last three home matches. Lukas Klostermann, Willi Orban and Josko Gvardiol often partner in central defence and will be confident of another clean sheet at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Anything else catch the eye?
A 4-0 victory over Stuttgart and a 6-0 triumph against Hertha Berlin are among Leipzig’s recent results at home, making a punt in the -2 handicap market a viable choice at 7/4 with betfair. The hosts are expected to claim a comfortable victory and can be tipped to win both halves at 8/5 with Sport Nation.
Leipzig scored in both halves last time out against Hertha Berlin and could be set for a repeat at 8/11 with bet365.
This French Ligue 1 match between RB Leipzig and Bochum will be played on Oct 2, 2021 and kick off at 17:30. Check below for our tipsters best RB Leipzig vs Bochum prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.