Ace Football previews the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich, and offers the latest betting tips, odds, and team news.
It’s a top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash as RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich lock horns on Saturday evening.
The outcome of this showdown could prove decisive in the title battle between these two clubs. Bayern hold the edge on a four-point lead over second-place Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga standings ahead of the remaining eight matches.
But with star striker Robert Lewandowski out, can the Bavarians see off Leipzig? It could prove to be a closely contested affair between two sides who have drawn in each of their last four meetings in the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig Form & Stats
A 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld extended Leipzig’s unbeaten run to eight Bundesliga matches (W7 D1). The hosts entered the international break as the most in-form club in the German top-flight, and intend to continue where they left off. Even though Bayern, a team they haven’t beaten in over three years, are no pushovers.
In fact, Leipzig have won only one of their 11 competitive encounters with the Bavarians (D5 L5). Their sole victory came at home in March 2018. Despite this unfavorable stat, they have held the European champions to a draw in each of their last four league meetings, including a 3-3 thriller in Munich back in December.
Julian Nagelsmann’s men, meanwhile, boast the Bundesliga’s second-best home record. Only one defeat has come in their 13 games at the Red Bull Arena (W10 D2), granting them 32 out of a possible 39 points. They’ve also been defensively sound lately, having only conceded 10 times at home.
Key Team Stats
- On an 8-match unbeaten run (W7 D1).
- Won 10 of their 13 home league games (D2 L1).
- Beaten Bayern Munich once in their 11 games across all competitions (D5 L5).
- Scored the first goal in 20 of their 26 league games.
Bayern Munich Form & Stats
Robert Lewandowski’s absence is the talking point ahead of this top-of-the-table clash. The Pole has critical again this season, having contributed towards 53% of Bayern Munich’s league-topping 78 goals. But while his absence is a loss, the visitors still have quality options and Serge Gnabry could be one to keep an eye on.
A 4-0 win over Stuttgart last time, meanwhile, extended Bayern’s winning run to six matches in all competitions. The European champions have scored at least one goal in each of their last 61 outings. In fact, the last time they failed to find the back of the net came in a 0-0 draw against Leipzig in February 2020.
Hansi Flick’s men also boast the Bundesliga’s best away record, having won nine of their 13 trips (D1 L3). It’s worth pointing out, though, Bayern have seen BTTS in 77% of their away fixtures and failed to score the first goal in 12 of their 26 league games overall.
Key Team Stats
- On a 6-match winning run.
- Drawn their last 4 league games against RB Leipzig.
- Won 9 of their 13 away league games (D1 L3) and seen BTTS in 77% of them.
- Hansi Flick has the best goals-per-match average of any Bundesliga coach (3.1) and only Pep Guardiola has averaged more points-per-match (2.52) than Flick (2.50).
- Serge Gnabry has provided 2 goals and an assist in his last 2 league games.
Out: Kevin Kampl, Marcel Halstenberg.
Doubts: Konrad Laimer, Dayot Upamecano, Dominik Szoboszlai, Angeliño.
Out: Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Corentin Tolisso, Alphonso Davies, Jerome Boateng.
Doubts: Tanguy Nianzou.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Bundesliga
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in Bundesliga.
* DC: X2 – Double Chance on Away Team (Bayern Munich)