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There is another Bundesliga heavyweight clash to try this weekend when Bayern Munich take on RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena.
Unsurprisingly, Hansi Flick’s team is at the top of the table after scoring 22 points out of a possible 27, winning seven of the nine games they have played so far.
Goals have been strong and quick for Bayern, but they may slow down this weekend against second-placed Leipzig, who have shipped just six Bundesliga goals this season under Julian Nagelsmann.
Without putting the kiss of death on the game, this should be an entertaining clash between the best team in Europe and an ambitious team that would love nothing more than to silence Bayern on their own patch.
Here it is 90minPreview of the game.
When does it start? Saturday, November 21
What time does it start? 14:30 (GMT)
Where do you play? Allianz Arena
TV channel / Live broadcast? BT sport ESPN (UNITED KINGDOM)
Bayern are not counting on long-term injury casualties Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies, but scoring machine Robert Lewandowski should be in good shape despite missing the trip to Atlético Madrid midweek.
Jerome Boateng should keep his place alongside David Alaba, one of 90minfive world-class central defenders of 2020, ahead of Niklas Sule, flanked by Benjamin Pavard and the rejuvenated Lucas Hernández.
Leipzig does not have multiple first-team players, but their recent form suggests that they have the mental strength to overcome the absences of Konrad Laimer, Lukas Klostermann, Hwang Hee-chan, Fabrice Hartmann. spirit Benjamin Henrichs.
Bavaria: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Hernandez; Tolisso, Goretzka; Muller, Gnabry, Coman; Lewandowski
Leipzig: Gulasci; Konate, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino; Olmo, Forsberg; Poulsen
Bayern slipped to a disastrous 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim in September, and that hammering seemed to light a fire under Hansi Flick’s side.
Since then, goals have flowed in, with Die Roten already on 31 Bundesliga goals on the season after just nine games. Lewandowski has been the star, unsurprisingly, but Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane have been involved in the act at various points.
Leipzig, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of the most exciting teams in Europe, and their tactical flexibility is a joy to watch.
A narrow midweek win over Istanbul Basaksehir has given them a great chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but their Bundesliga form should not be overlooked. Six wins in nine games is impressive, as is his recent record of three wins in his last five.
This is how they have both performed in their last five (in all competitions).
Atlético de Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich (12/01)
Stuttgart 1-3 Bayern Munich (11/28)
Bayern Munich 3-1 Salzburg (11/25)
Bayern Munich Werder Bremen 1-1 (11/21)
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich (07/11)
Istanbul Basaksehir 3-4 Leipzig (02/12)
Leipzig 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld (11/28)
PSG 1-0 Leipzig (24/11)
Frankfurt 1-1 Leipzig (11/21)
Leipzig 3-0 Freiburg (11/17)
This game should be one of the most exciting of the weekend.
Bayern can’t stop scoring or winning, while Leipzig is a team that really seems capable of pushing Hansi Flick to the limit.
The visitors’ tough defense will be hard to break, and that could make for an interesting battle between these Bundesliga heavy hitters. Ultimately, it is difficult to look beyond Bayern, and another victory could come, albeit a small one.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 RB Leipzig