Julian Naglesmann’s RB Leipzig will aim to open up a five-point gap between themselves and Bayern Munich by trying to beat the Bavarians on Saturday at the Red Bull Arena.
The East Germany outfit head into the big game against Niko Kovac’s men unbeaten since the season began. They’re the only side in the league with a 100 percent record this season. Bayern, on the other hand, come into the clash with wins over Schalke and Mainz, but the draw against Hertha on the opening day has left them two points behind Die Roten Bullen.
Leipzig will be really encouraged by their performance two weeks ago against Borussia Monchengladbach as Timo Werner grabbed a sensational hat-trick to condemn the Foals to their first defeat of the season. The 23-year-old German has already scored five times in the Bundesliga this season and he will have a point to prove against a side that he was linked to this past summer.
Bayern’s very own Robert Lewandowski though, has scored six times himself. He too boasts of a hat-trick of his won- grabbing one in Bayern’s 3-0 win over David Wagner’s men. The game in Leipzig will prove to be a stern test for the Bayern defense, which has shown signs of weakness in the first three games as they’ll take on an attack that can often blow teams away at will.
Nagelsmann’s side were missing Dayot Upamecano over the last three games, seeing Willi Orban to partner Ibrahima Konate at the back against Gladbach. But the 20-year-old has now recovered from the knee injury that he suffered in pre-season and could be in line to start against the Bavarian side on Saturday.
Hannes Wolf though, remains sidelined as he continues his recovery from the fractured leg that he suffered back in June.
Nagelsmann is expected to go back to his preferred 3-4-3 shape now that Upamecano is back to fitness, allowing him to form a defensive trio with Konate and Orban. Diego Demme and Kevin Kampl are expected to be flanked by Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenburg, with Yussuf Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer and Werner to lead the line.
While seeing summer signings Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic start last week would have been a good sight for many Bayern fans, but the bad news comes in the form of Leon Goretzka. The club confirmed recently that the midfielder underwent surgery to get a bruise removed from his thigh. He is expected to be out for two to four weeks and will miss the trip to Leipzig on Saturday.
Kovac will field his usual 4-3-3 shape on Saturday, with Joshua Kimmich likely to play in midfield alongside Thiago Alcantara, allowing summer signing Benjamin Pavard to play at right-back. Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule are expected to partner each other for the third game in a row.
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/9
With both teams having scored a high number of goals this season despite having played only three games, we fancy a game that will yield more than 2.5 goals.
Werner to score first @ 4/1
With Werner riding high since the season began and ever since he signed a new deal at the club, we fancy him to score the first goal of the game.
Since their promotion to the Bundesliga, Leipzig have managed to beat Bayern only once, with the Bavarians winning six of the encounters.
Out of the eight clashes between these two sides, six have yielded atleast three goals. A game in May 2017 saw Bayern pick up a 5-4 win.