Leipzig's ambition to end Bayern Munich's domination might not be as easy as expected. After the turmoil in Die Roeten's squad earlier this season and the impressive form of Timo Werner and Co last year, now the table is turning with Bayern's returning to the top and Leipzig's slight degrading performance lately, which eventually cost their position on the standings. This weekend, this two teams will be facing off in Allianz Arena for the decisive battle.
Bayern Munich news:
Die Roeten seems to be enjoying their winning days under the command of Hans Dieter Flick. This midweek, they crushed Hoffenheim 4-3 in DFB Pokal. Robert Lewandowskis brace, Thomas Mullers goal and Benjamin Hubners own goal brought them to progress to the next round despite being conceded by Jerome Boateng's own goal and Munas Dabours brace.
RB Leipzig news:
On the contraty, RB Leipzig yet slumped to a defeat again by Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal outing during the midweek. They were beaten 1-3 by Filip Kostics brace and Andre Silvas penalty. They could only respond one goal by their new signing, Dani Olmo. It was their second loss against Frankfurt in less than a month.
Missing players and probable lineups
Hans Dieter Flick seems to be able to recover the teams mentality after the consecutive loss against Leverkusen and Gladbach last year. His tendency to deploy 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 with the transition to 4-3-3 seems to be working with Thomas Muller plays the key role. There are at least three names in the injury table for this outing, Niklas Sule, Javi Martinez and Ivan Perisic.
Bayern Munchen: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonse Davies, Benjamin Pavard; Thiago Alcantara, Joshua Kimmich; Phillipe Coutinho, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnarby; Robert Lewandowski.
Meanwhile, Julian Nagelsmann has opted for various formation from 4-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-1-4-2, 3-4-2-1 to 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2. For this decisive upcoming match, he would need to improve his defensive side, which made some unnecessary errors and failure to cover the defence line well leading to the opponents goals in the past few games. Thus, 4-4-2 or 4-3-2-1 seems more suitable for taking on the offensive Bayern. Unfortunately, Ibrahim Konate, Willi Orban and Kevin Kampl will miss out the gamr due to their injury.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi; Martin Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Nordi Mukiele; Konrad Lainer, Marcel Sabitzer, Tyler Adams; Emile Forsberg, Christopher Nkunku ; Timo Werner.
In the head-to-head meetings, Bayern is surely on the superior side with three wins and two draws in the last six meetings against this former East Germany team. However, Nagelsmann's men have been unbeaten in ten out of their last eleven games in Bundesliga.
It is certainly a tough game for both. Yet, Manuel Neuer and Co surely has the home advantage. Their eighth consecutive wins so far also help them to play comfortably and win easily. The real challenge is on the visitors side. Timo Werner and Co have to prove the world that they are the one which can stop their contenders domestic domination this season. It will all be depending on Nagelsmanns tactical approach later. Nevertheless, a three-point for the host is more likely.
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