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Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig. Match Preview & Prediction

Bayern Munich vs Leipzig

If I told you before the season that Bayern vs Leipzig match will be the central game of the first part of the season, you would laugh and move on. No one could expect to see Leipzig leading the Bundesliga along with powerful Bayern that barely had any opponents in recent few years. Even Borussia Dortmund couldn’t catch the Munich side tempo.

And now we are set to witness a super clash featuring two teams that are way ahead of the rest of the teams. Both Bayern and Leipzig have 36 points in stock and have 9 points advantage from the third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

To be more informed and prepared for today’s big game, let’s figure out what are the chances and what do the teams prepare for each other.

CURRENT POSITION AND FORM

# Team MP W D L F A D P Last 5 matches
1 Bayern München 15 11 3 1 35 9 +26 36 WWWWL
2 RB Leipzig 15 11 3 1 31 12 +19 36 WLWWW
3 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 8 5 3 22 12 +10 29 WLDDW
4 Borussia Dortmund 16 7 6 3 35 19 +16 27 DDDWL
5 Hoffenheim 15 6 9 0 27 16 +11 27 DDWDD

As mentioned above, Bayern and Leipzig have 36 points in stock after 15 matches, having lost only on one occasion. Both of them have one loss in their recent 5 games. Below you can see last 5 matches played by both of the teams.

Bayern Munich

Carlo Ancelotti’s side surprisingly lost to Rostov in Champions League 3 goals to 1. Taking this loss as an accidental one, Bayern are in a good form overall, having defeated the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg.

18/12 BUN Darmstadt 98 A 0 – 1
10/12 BUN Wolfsburg H 5 – 0
06/12 UCL Atlético Madrid H 1 – 0
02/12 BUN Mainz 05 A 1 – 3
26/11 BUN Bayer Leverkusen H 2 – 1
23/11 UCL Rostov A 3 – 2

Darmstadt 0-1 Bayern Munich – Watch highlights below

RB Leipzig

Leipzig are limited to one major competition which gives them an advantage of having more time to prepare for the upcoming fixtures. They were going without a single defeat up until the 13th round when they were unexpectedly beaten by Ingolstadt. Nevertheless, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the Bundesliga season and have already proved that one shouldn’t joke with them.

17/12 BUN Hertha BSC H 2 – 0
10/12 BUN Ingolstadt A 1 – 0
03/12 BUN Schalke 04 H 2 – 1
25/11 BUN Freiburg A 1 – 4
18/11 BUN Bayer Leverkusen A 2 – 3
06/11 BUN Mainz 05 H 3 – 1

RB Leipzig 2-0 Herta Berlin – Watch highlights below

TEAM NEWS

Bayern Munich

Carlo Ancelotti could switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation again here to give Thomas Müller the chance to start in his favourite position of the central attacking midfielder after his team struggled to break down Darmstadt with Carlo’s preferred system 4-3-3 last weekend. Javi Martínez is expected to occupy the place of the injured Jérôme Boateng at centre-back. On the other hand, Arjen Robben looks ready to return from injury and start on his right wing, while Franck Ribéry will most likely return on the left flank as well.

RB Leipzig

Bernardo could start as the left-back, with Marcel Halstenberg being a doubt for the game as he has picked up a thigh injury. If so, Benno Schmitz would come in for Bernardo at the right wing of the defence. Naby Keita is also doubtfiul to recover from a hamstring injury and could be replaced by captain Dominik Kaiser.

Possible Lineups

Both Bayern and Leipzig will place their best possible starting elevens. Below is our variant of the possible lineups.

bayern lineuplineup leipzig

MATCH STATS

  • Leipzig have the best record of any promoted side at this stage of a season ever.
  • The UEFA Champions League is a realistic goal for Hasenhüttl’s side: 15 clubs have boasted 36 points at this stage of a season before, with 12 going on to be crowned champions, two finishing second and one finishing fourth.
  • Bayern are the Bundesliga’s best side on home turf; Leipzig the Bundesliga’s best side away from home.
  • This will be Hasenhüttl’s 50th Bundesliga game as a coach.
  • Bayern have the highest average age of any Bundesliga side this season (27.9); Leipzig have the youngest (24.1)
  • The Bavarians have won their last 25 games against promoted sides: the last time they failed to do so was against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in August 2010 (2-0 defeat).
  • Lewandowski has scored against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga clubs: if he finds the net against Leipzig, he will be the only active player to have scored against every current Bundesliga club.
  • Bayern’s Javi Martinez is yet to lose a Bundesliga game in 2016.

OPINION

Michael Ballack

Like all the fans around the world, former Germany international and Bayern Munich star Michael Ballack can’t wait to see the big game today in the evening. Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Ballack said, “We’ve got a great finale coming up here before the winter break, and it promises to be a game of the highest order. It should be very tasty indeed, because both teams have a lot of skill and like to get forward, they have plenty of attacking options. RB Leipzig have come in with a new way of doing things, and they have made a lot of investment in infrastructure, while Bayern have been dominating for several years. It’s a fascinating set-up.”

TIME AND VENUE

The match will take place at the wonderful stadium Allianz Arena which will be the host of 75.000 spectators. Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig game will be kicking off at 20:00CET/19:00GMT on 21 December.

BETTING

Vbet.com offers bets on this game with the odds that see Bayern as the firm favourites to win the clash. Their victory is assessed with the coefficient 1.39 while you’ll win 8 to 1 in case of placing a bet on Leipzig’s yet another incredible achievement, that is winning at Allianz Arena. To place bets, follow THIS LINK.

MATCH RESULT
Bayern Munich – 1.39 X – 4.80 RB Leipzig – 8.00
DOUBLE CHANCE
1X – 1.06 12 – 1.14 X2 – 2.80

AUTHOR’S PREDICTION

I believe this isn’t going to be an easy walk for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this evening. Leipzig have already proved that they fight till the end no matter who is the rival. Their hard work is paying off and I think that this game will see them playing a tense football. I think that the match will end in a draw which is rated with 4.80 coefficient. Probably, the score will be 1-1.

Gevorg Loretsyan