Our match prediction:
Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena will host the match between Hoffenheim and Leipzig. Die Kraichgauer failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of the relegation zone and they do not want history to repeat itself. Hoffenheim aim to give fans some cheer in the opening match of the season and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Leipzig in Sunday’s football game. The newcomers can’t wait for the new Bundesliga campaign to begin and, no doubt, they will leave their hearts on the field against Hoffenheim. However, considering that over the years die Kraichgauer have turned their Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the German elite division. A man to watch in the home team will be Chile international Eduardo Vargas.
Highligted Player (Kaderabek):
Pavel Kaderabek is a Czech Republic defender born on 25 April 1992, who has enjoyed a bright start to his professional career. Coming through the youth ranks at Sparta Prague and gaining some first team experience during a loan spell with Viktoria Zizkov, the right-sided defender was finally able to show what he is capable of during the 2012/2013 season and he didn’t need a lot of time to make the next step in his career. After scoring impressive 10 goals in 76 league appearances for Sparta Prague, Kaderabek joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015, shortly after he had established himself as a starting right-back in the Czech Republic national team. The talented footballer helped Repre make it to the Euro 2016 finals by starting 9 qualifying matches, once again proving his killer instinct by scoring two goals. Pavel Kaderabek looks set to become one of leading players of the new generation and a big club move may not be far away either.
Highlighted Team (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 3. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons. Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954. Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.