RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Preview

December 18, 2018
By: Daniel Orme

RB Leipzig will hope to make it back-to-back Bundesliga victories on Wednesday evening as they take on Bayern Munich at the Red Bull Arena.

Ralf Rangnick’s men currently sit fourth in the table following their 4-1 victory over Mainz 05 last time out. Before that, they had lost two out of their previous three and had not experienced consecutive victories in the German top flight since early November. They currently sit 11 points behind current league leaders Borussia Dortmund, and as a result can be backed at 40/1 with William Hill to win the league. However, a top four finish could be more realistic and currently has odds of 4/7 with Paddy Power.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich’s hopes of lifting a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title have all but evaporated despite a renaissance under Niko Kovac recently. Bayern have won their last three games in league action including sweeping aside Hannover 96 4-0 in their last league game. They remain nine points off the pace and are at 6/5 to win the Bundesliga with BetVictor.

With RB in their current incarnation, the two sides have only squared off on five occasions in the past, with Bayern being named the dominant team. They have claimed four wins and a draw within those clashes and can be backed at 1/3 to do that again. However, Leipzig did manage to claim maximum points in the last clash with a 2-1 victory in March last season. They are at 15/2 with Betfair to notch another win.

In each of the last three games at the Red Bull Arena, both sides have managed to find the back of the net. This eventuality to occur is available at 4/7.

Predictably, Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski is enjoying another excellent campaign having hit five goals in his last five league games. He is one of the favourites to open the scoring against Leipzig and can be backed at 23/10 with BetVictor. Having hit as many Bundesliga goals as Lewandowski so far this season, Timo Werner cannot be ruled out. The 22-year-old netted two against Mainz and is at 15/2 to add to his count with the opening goal against Bayern.

Regarding injuries, long-term Bayern absentees Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez both remain ruled out ahead of the game, whilst Mats Hummels and Arjen Robben are also doubts. Elsewhere, Emil Forsberg and Atinc Nukan have both returned to training so could potentially feature for the hosts. However, Kevin Kampl does appear to be ruled out entirely with a thigh injury. Marcel Sabitzer is also restricted to the sidelines as he serves a suspension.

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