Leipzig vs Bayern Preview: RB Leipzig host Bayern Munich in the Red Bull Arena this Sunday for the 27th game-week in the German top flight.
This game is the most high profile match of the week with the fireworks expected at the Red Bull Arena. This clash sees the first and the second placed team of the previous season go head to head against each other.
These two teams do not do bland as we saw the last time around when these two played an enthralling 5-4 match, and we can expect plenty of entertainment and high-quality football in this match as well.
The home side have, however, hit the bad form at the wrong time. They have not won any of their last 4 Bundesliga games, and as a result, they have slipped to 6th position with 40 points.
But they are just 4 points away from the 4th place, and a string of good results will likely push them back to the Champions League places. But they have to act quickly with just 8 matches remaining and the task is not made any easier as they welcome the bound to be Champions this week.
This will be a tough match for the home side, but it is the game that they have to win since not winning will see them lose further ground for the top 4 finish.
Bayern, on the other hand, sit pretty at the top of the table with 66 points which is 20 more than the second-placed side. And they can be crowned champions as early as this week if they win this match and some other results go in their favor.
So, it is a case of when and not if they will win the title. And they will like to secure a victory against a formidable opponent and keep themselves sharp at the business end of the Champions League this season.
Marcel Sabitzer missed the European trip with a back complaint but should be back in time for this game. If not, English teenager Ademola Lookman could be set for back-to-back Bundesliga starts after sitting out the midweek match.
Halstenberg (knee) is the only other injury absentee from the home squad.
Arjen Robben did not travel during the week due to a trapped nerve but should come in to start at Leipzig.
Thiago is also out for this match after sustaining a foot injury in the previous game.
Also, Neuer (foot) and Coman (ankle) continue to be unavailable for the traveling side due to their respective injury problems.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Lineups (Predicted XI)
RB Leipzig Lineup ( 4-3-2-1 )
Bernardo (LB), Upamecano (CB), Orban (CB), Klostermann (RB)
Keita (LCM), Kampl (CM), Demme (RCM)
Forsberg (LM), Sabitzer (RM)
Bayern Munich Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Alaba (LB), Boateng (LCB), Hummels (RCB), Kimmich (RB)
Martinez (CDM), Vidal (CM)
Ribery (LM), James (CAM), Robben (RM)
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Prediction
The home side are a strong side and playing in their home, but Bayern have to be the favorites in this match given the tremendous talent in the store of the traveling party.
Leipzig have to win this match, but we predict that instead, it will be the Bavarians that will win this match with an impressive scoreline of 3 goals to 2 goals.
Our Prediction: 2-3 win for Bayern Munich