Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig Preview: Bundesliga 2020-21
Bundesliga will be witnessing a clash for a top spot as Bayern Munich take on RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig: Head to Head
Bayern looked shaky after a long time as they struggled to get the win at home against Werder Bremen. The visit to Stuttgart was not their best either as Manuel Neuer had a nervy moment in the game, where he misjudged a ball allowing Tanguy Coulibaly to put the ball in the net.
They won 3-1 but the performance wasn't as convincing as it seems. However, Hansi Flick and co. did well against Atletico Madrid as they drew 1-1, despite making nine changes to the XI.
For Leipzig, things weren't easy either as they worked hard for a 4-3 win at Istanbul Basaksehir. A win against Manchester United will take them through to the Round of 16 for the second season in a row.
Irfan Kahveci scored a hattrick to nullify the 3-1 lead RB Leipzig had in the first half, courtesy of Yussuf Poulsen, Nordi Mukiele, and Dani Olmo scoring one each.
Bayern vs Leipzig: Fact Check
Last two games between the two have been draws.
Bayern have scored seven in their last three matches, while RB Leipzig have scored six.
The Bavarians are unbeaten against RB Leipzig in their last five games.
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig: Team News
Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies are sidelined. However, Davies has shown massive improvement and may get fit sooner than expected.
Robert Lewandowski did not travel to Madrid, but the forward is expected to be fit against Leipzig. Julian Nagelsmann will be without the likes of Konrad Laimer, Fabrice Hartland and Lukas Klostermann, with Hwang Hee-Chan out due to COVID-19.
The 33-year-old manager would also be concerned about his team's fitness as they recently played an exhausting game.
Bayern Munich Probable Playing XI
RB Leipzig Probable Playing XI
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig: Key Battles
Thomas Muller vs Angelino
The Bayern Munich veteran has been doing well in recent years, and his experience and influence on the game are vital for the treble winners. Angelino has been impactful for his side going forward. However, against Muller, he will have to focus more on his defensive role.
David Alaba vs Yussuf Poulsen
David Alaba's versatility has been the reason why he is a part of the Bayern team most of the times. He can defend, while his dribbling is something unique and not very usual. Poulsen will be highly motivated after their last game but his legs will have to take a toll due to games in quick succession.
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig Prediction:
The game is shifted in Bayern's favor for obvious reasons, and Leipzig will have to do something extraordinary to take the three points home.