Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig

Verdict: Bayern Munich win & both teams to score

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a battle between two German giants this weekend, Bayern Munich will be looking to widen their buffer at the top of the Bundesliga table when they host RB Leipzig on Saturday evening.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, heading into the brief winter break with a thumping display away at Hertha Berlin, all signs are pointing towards Bayern Munich storming their way to another Bundesliga crown this season. Eventually claiming a 4-1 win on the road, the defending German champions make their return to action on Saturday evening holding a commanding six-point buffer at the top of the table. Managing to prove that their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach last month was just a minor blip, former RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has seen his side win nine of their last 10 matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to November 19th. Breezing their way to the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, Munich also have one attacking talisman enjoying another remarkable free-scoring run this season. In fact, Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski has racked up a staggering 23 goals in just 20 Bundesliga outings so far.

Team News

Bayern Munich have confirmed that the duo of Leon Goretzka and Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies will once again be missing with injury issues this weekend.

Likewise, still away at this year’s AFCON, both Cameroon’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Senegal’s Bouna Sarr will also miss out here.

RB Leipzig

As for the visitors, while RB Leipzig might have endured a hugely worrying run of form earlier in the season, it appears that the Whites have found a much-needed boost under new boss Domenico Tedesco. Last seen heading into the brief winter break with a deserved 2-0 win against Wolfsburg on home soil, the Red Bulls have now won each of their last four matchups across all formats. In fact, making their return to action this weekend sat in the top-six, it should also be noted that Leipzig have lost just one of their previous eight matchups, a run that stems all the way back to December 12th. However, while Saturday’s guests might have found a new lease of life under the one-time Schalke manager, they will know that they face a huge task on their travels here. When they welcomed the defending German champions to the Red Bull Arena back in September, they were blown away thanks to a 4-1 drumming.

Team News

RB Leipzig looks set to be without left-back Marcel Halstenberg when they make the trip to Munich on Saturday evening.

Likewise, Tedesco is also left sweating over the fitness of central defender Mohamed Simakan who could undergo a late fitness test.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in September 11th, Bayern Munich picked up a thumping 4-1 win on the road.
    • Likewise, the defending German champions have won nine of their last 10 matchups across all formats.
    • Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has racked up a staggering 23 goals in just 20 Bundesliga outings so far this season.
    • RB Leipzig have won each of their last four matchups across all formats by an aggregate score of 10-1.
    • However, Leipzig have won just a trio of their last 13 straight contests on the road.

    Conclusion

    While RB Leipzig might have managed to find a real boost when heading into the brief winter break, they should be bracing themselves for a tough test here. With Bayern Munich last seen landing a thumping 4-1 win away at Hertha Berlin, the defending Bundesliga champions will be looking to lay down another marker on home soil. Winning nine of their last 10 matchups across all formats and marking their return holding a six-point buffer at the top of the table, Leipzig’s former boss Julian Nagelsmann will be desperate to get one over on his former employers here. Landing a 4-1 win when the two sides faced off back in September, we’re backing a similar outcome on Saturday evening.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich win & both teams to score

    Best Odds: 6/4

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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