Our prediction for this match:
Leipzig will be looking to make amends for a heart-breaking 3-0 loss to Bayern Munchen in the German Cup final when they take on Zurich in their first pre-season game. The Red Bulls will represent Germany in the Champions League in the 2019/2020 season and they surely want to prepare in the best way possible for their elite competition opener.
The Bundesliga outfit are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Zurich and we are positive that they are going to score in Friday’s football match. Zurich, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back in recent warm-up matches, with the team conceding seven goals in total in back-to-back defeats to Strasbourg and Stuttgart. A lively contest is on the cards at Trainingszentrum RB Leipzig Platz 1, but we believe that the Germans are closer to winning this clash than the Swiss outfit as Julian Nagelsmann has a number of high-profile players to choose from.
Highlighted Player (Willi Orban):
Willi Orban was born on 3 November, 1992 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Orban plays as a centre back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder as well. The 185-cm-tall footballer is a product of Kaiserslautern’s youth academy and he played 35 league games for the reserve team between 2011 and 2013.
Orban made his debut for the first team in 2011, against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Kaiserslautern footballer made 68 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring 7 goals for the German outfit between 2011 and 2015, but in May 2015 he signed a contract with Leipzig. Kaislerslautern fans were very angry with the defender when he decided to join die Bullen.
Willi Orban has two caps for Germany U21, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. He has a contract with Leipzig, which expires on 30 June, 2019. Willi Orban has a dual citizenship (Germany, Hungary).
Highlighted Team (FC Zurich):
Zurich were founded in 1896 and six years later they won their first Swiss Super League title. In the 2008/2009 season der Stadtclub the club won their 12th domestic trophy and, as a result, they are regarded as one of the biggest clubs in Switzerland. Zurich made it to the Champions League (European Cup) on two occasions.
The Swiss outfit faced Real Madrid in the semis of the elite competition in the 1963/1964 season, but Spanish giants Real Madrid proved to be a big catch for them. In the 1967/1977 season Zurich were beaten by Liverpool in the European Cup semis, with the Swiss team losing both legs. Der Stadtclub play their home games at Letzigrund and the capacity of the stadium is 25 000.
It has to be noted that the likes of Shabani Nonda, Josip Drmic, Rosario Martinelli, Ike Shorunmu, Daniel Gygax, Blerim Dzemaili, Jurica Jerkovic, Iulian Filipescu played for the club in the past. Zurich’s home colours are white and blue.