Bayern Munich – Leipzig (Bundesliga)
After a midweek meeting for the DFB-Pokal, it is now Bayern Munich who host Leipzig at the Allianz Arena, this Saturday afternoon, as they battle for the 10th round of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich are back on the right track in all competitions, with the arrival of coach Jupp Heyckes bringing some improvements to the team. Leipzig, on their turn, putted a very satisfying performance in midweek against the Bavarians, but Naby Keita’s red card possibly cost them the chance to proceed into DFB-Pokal’s next round.
Bayern Munich are 2nd placed in the league table with 20 points, result of 6 victories, 2 draws and 1 loss, with 22 goals scored and 7 goals conceded. Since the arrival of Jupp Hyeckes that Bayern Munich have shown an increasement in their form as the team has already caught Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, and it is now a matter of time before they steal them the league’s leadership. Bayern faced Leipzig in midweek, at the Red Bull Arena, for the 2nd round of the DFB-Pokal and needed a penalty shootout to proceed in the competition, even with numerical advantage since the 56th minute. They now face here one of the strongest title contenders.
Still, despite being a very well organized team at the back and with very talented individuals, they need to improve in possession again and become more versatile in their passing. Not only that but they must also find more solutions up front, since they have only scored 2 goals in their last 2 matches, a very unusual record. The Bavarian Giant have a good home record, wining 5 of their 6 matches played here, drawing the remaining one, having scored 20 goals and conceded only 3 in the process. Beating one of the strongest title contenders here os essential for the Bavarians to increase their chances of defending the title.
In their last 5 official games, Bayern Munich have a record of 3 victories and 2 draws. This sequence of results began with a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin. This result was followed by a 5-0 win against Freiburg, a 3-0 win against Celtic, for the Champions League, a 0-1 win over Hamburg, and in their last round, a 1-1 draw against Leipzig, for the DFB-Pokal. Bernat, Neuer, Ribéry and Muller are all out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Ulreich – Kimmich, Sule, Hummels and Alaba – Martínez and Alcântara – Robben, Rodríguez and Coman – Lewandowski.
Leipzig, on their turn, are 3rd placed in the league table with 19 points, result of 6 victories, 1 draw and 2 defeats, with 16 goals scored and 10 goals conceded. After a rather irregular start to the season, Leipzig has finally found their balance and arrive here with 4 consecutive victories in the Bundesliga, being only 1 point behind the league leaders Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Leipzig were the only team so far to be able to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, and beat them at the Signal Iduna Park by 2-3. The Bulls were level with Bayern in the DFB-Pokal encounter, but a second yellow card for central midfielder Naby Keita possibly cost them the chance to overcome the Bavarians.
During the first half, Leipzig were clearly more dominant than Bayern Munich, keeping the Bavarians at bay until they saw Naby Keita second red card. In their 5 away Bundesliga matches, the Bulls won 3 and lost the remaining 2, with 7 goals scored and 6 conceded. Leipzig show a lot of quality in pressing high and are very dangerous in counter-attack, something very useful here against a team that likes to have possession in the opponents midfield.
In their last 5 official matches, Leipzig have a record of 4 victories and 1 draw. This sequence of results started with a 1-2 victory over FC Koln. This result was followed by a 2-3 win against Borussia Dortmund, a 3-2 victory over FC Porto, for the Champions League, a 1-0 win against Stuttgart, and in their last match, a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, for the DFB-Pokal. Ilsanker and Bruma are both doubtful for this clash, both recovering from physical problems.
Probable Lineup: Gulácsi – Bernardo, Orba, Upamecano and Halstenberg – Sabitzer, Keita, Demme and Forsberg – Poulsen and Werner.
Bayern Munich have won 2 of the only 3 direct clashes, drawing the remaining one.
DFB Pokal 2017/18
|RB Leipzig||4-5||Bayern Munich||
1. Bundesliga 16/17
|Bayern Munich||3-0||RB Leipzig||
1. Bundesliga 16/17
It is expected a very lively game, just like their last two meetings. Leipzig should be able to create difficulties to the Bavarians, and although Bayern Munich are favorites to win, they should not have an easy task to get the 3 points here.