The race for the Bundesliga title could be set to take a fresh twist this weekend as RB Leipzig host Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.
Julian Naglesmann’s troops currently sit second in the standings but could gut the cap to the leaders to just one point with a victory at the Red Bull Arena. That would certainly see the odds for the league champions shift dramatically from their current standings of 1/14 for Bayern Munich and 15/2 for Leipzig with Paddy Power.
It goes without saying then that a victory for either side could certainly be key. Considering Bayern’s record against their hosts, they would surely be the favourites to claim three points and of course the Bundesliga crown once again. Hansi Flick’s troops have only lost one of their 11 previous clashes against Leipzig, that solitary defeat coming almost three years ago. It is no surprise then to see Bayern far more fancied to earn a fifth consecutive Bundesliga win. They can be backed at a price of 7/5 with Betfair to earn the three points, whilst the hosts sit at 9/5.
However, a draw might be a more intelligent bet considering that each of the last four league games between these two teams have ended in stalemate. This includes the prior meeting between the two in December that ended 3-3, with Thomas Muller scoring a 75th minute equaliser with Bayern having been behind twice. A draw to be the final result again is available at odds of 27/10.
One aspect that will certainly help the hosts is the absence of leading Bundesliga goalscorer Robert Lewandowski. The Pole was injured on international duty and whilst his problem is not too serious, it will keep him out of the trip to Leipzig. Elsewhere, Alphonso Davies and Jerome Boateng are both ruled out through suspension, whilst Douglas Costa and Corentin Tolisso are also restricted to the sidelines. It all means that wideman Serge Gnabry is the favourite to score first for the hosts at a price of 9/2 with William Hill.
Nagelsmann can certainly sympathise with Bayern’s current injury conundrum with a number of his charges not available. Kevin Kampl is out through suspension and joins the injured Dominik Szoboszlai and Konrad Laimer on the sidelines. Marcel Halstenburg has tested positive for COVID-19 so is definitely out whilst Angelino is also unlikely to return having been suffering from a muscular problem. As it stands, forward Yussuf Poulsen is the most likely to net from the hosts’ perspective at a price of 11/2.