Leipzig – Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
This Saturday afternoon, Leipzig will be hosting Bayern Munich at the Red Bull Arena, in Leipzig, for the 33th round of the Bundesliga. Without any doubts, Leipzig were the biggest surprise of the season, with this recently-promoted team having already secured direct qualification to next season’s Champions League, and a draw here would be enough for them to secure 2nd place. Bayer Munich, on their turn, are the first team in the Bundesliga to have ever been crowned champions five times in a row, arriving here with no more objectives to fulfill in the league.
Leipzig are 2nd placed in the Bundesliga table with 66 points, result of 20 victories, 6 draws and 6 defeats, with 60 goals scored and 32 goals conceded. In what is their first season in the german top tier, Leipzig have already secured a direct qualification to next season’s Champions League and arrive here unbeatable in all their last 7 consecutive matches, preparing now for their last clash at home this season, and in spite of hosting the mighty Bayern Munich, the Bulls will do everything they can in order to avoid defeat in front of their supporters. Besides, a draw here would be enough for them to secure the 2nd spot in the league table.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have a good defensive organization, being the 3rd team in Bundesliga that concedes less goals, and the 3rd top scoring team as well. They are strong when attack down the wings and in creating chances through long shots. However, their greater offensive quality is counter attacking, showing a great conversion rate when they attack through this process. The east german side also have very influent players such as the winger Emil Forsberg, the player who has made more assists this season than anyone in the Bundesliga, 16 assists, and have also scored 8 goals, while Timo Werner is the team’s offensive reference with 18 goals scored, the 4th Bundesliga’s top scorer. The Bulls are here without pressure, but will want to avoid being defeated in front of their supporters in what is their last home game of the season, and will look to trouble a vulnerable Bayern team in front of their own fans.
In their last 5 official games, Leipzig has won 3 and drew the other 2. This sequence of results started with a 1-0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen. This result was followed by a 4-0 home win against Freiburg, a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04’s home, a 0-0 home draw against Ingolstadt, and in their last clash, a 1-4 victory at Hertha Berlin’s home.
Probable Lineup: Gulácsi – Ilsanker, Upamecano, Compper and Bernardo – Sabitzer, Keita, Demme and Forsberg – Poulsen and Werner.
Bayern Munich, on their turn, are 1st placed in the Bundesliga table with 76 points, result of 23 victories, 7 draws and 2 defeats. Although they have already been crowned champions, and are the first team that has ever won 5 Bundesliga titles in a row, this was a rather disappointing season for Bayern Munich, since they have only secured one title, ending up eliminated from the semi-finals of the German Cup and out of the Champions League quarter-finals. The Bavarians arrive here without pressure and with nothing else to achieve in the Bundesliga, so Carlo Ancelotti should rotate a little here in order to give a few minutes to this season’s less used players.
This team have the most organized defense of the Bundesliga, as well as the most lethal attack of it, having some of the better players across all Europe. The Bavarians arrive here without pressure, and struggled with a 1-0 win against Darmstadt in the last round, but they will look to make a statement against second-placed Leipzig here though and want to support Robert Lewandowski to become the Bundesliga’s top-scorer.
In their last 5 official games, Bayern Munich has win 2, drew 1 and lost the remaining 2. This sequence of results started with a 4-2 defeat at Real Madrid’s home, for the Champions League. This result was followed by a 2-2 home draw against Mainz, a 2-3 home defeat agains Borussia Dortmund, for the German Cup, a 0-6 victory at Wolfsburg’s ground, and in their last clash, a 1-0 home win against Darsmtadt. Neuer, Javi Martínez and Ulreich are all out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Starke – Lahm, Boateng, Hummels and Alaba – Alonso and Sanches – Robben, Alcântara and Coman – Lewandowski.
Bayern Munich has won the only direct confront ever played.
|Bayern de Munique||3-0||RB Leipzig||
1. Bundesliga 16/17
Expect this to be an open game with several chances at both ends of the pitch, as both clubs are able to play without serious pressure here.