German Bundesliga brings us a derby next Saturday, with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig squaring off at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria. The reigning champions from Munich are desperate to keep themselves on the top of the standings, so a win in this event is a must, otherwise, Borussia Dortmund might take over the leadership. RB is attempting to stay in the UEFA Champions League zone as few more teams compete for the two vacant berths. Some RB supporters dream of a scenario where their favorites end up with the title. Though, eight points between them and Bayern look too much at this moment.
Tensions are still high in Bayern Munich (-195), because there is another incident inside the organization, this time between the board and the manager, Thomas Tuchel. The reason for all this is Thomas Muller, Bayern’s legend, who wasn’t in Tuchel’s plans, which provoked the reaction of the highest members of the board. They demanded to see the veteran in the starting lineup at any cost.
Bayern triumphed in the previous event, beating Schalke 6-0, partially regaining some of its morale. The Bavarians had won back-to-back games prior to this one, but they weren’t as confident as we would expect them to be.
This is one of the worst seasons for Bayern in the past decade, and apparently, it all started with Robert Lewandowski leaving the club. The entire system fell apart, creating plenty of problems for Julian Nagelsmann initially.
Late in March, RB Leipzig (+400) was in crisis, and that’s the period once this squad lost the pace in the championship race. They are much better now, but more is needed to secure a top-four place. The Bulls currently have seven victories in its last eight games, including five in the Bundesliga and two in the DFB Pokal, where they advanced to the finals.
Marco Rose’s crew performed poorly away from home throughout the year, but lately, they have improved in that aspect. The Bulls have produced three wins in the last four games, improving their mediocre score on the road since the New Year.
Rose uses his ultra-fast players for counter-attacks and goals from transition. Nkunku and Werner are a nightmare for any team when they have an open space in front.
Yann Sommer might be out for Saturday’s contest. Josip Stanisic, Alphonso Davies, Eric Choupo-Moting and Lucas Hernandez are all injured. The same goes for Manu Neuer, who is out already several months.
Dani Olmo and Peter Gulasci are unavailable for the guests.
Head to Head
The most recent meeting was in Leipzig this year, and the result was 1-1. Before that the Bavarians won four games in a row. They have been dominating the series against the Bulls.
Besides this being a derby of the round, this is the most crucial game of the year for both units. Bayern’s is weakened without several players, but they will attack and be relentless, while RB has its plans which include exploiting a few mismatches. Nkunku and Werner can create chaos in Bayern’s back line. Our pick would be over 2.5 goals, as both units have tremendous attackers, able to break any defense in Europe.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -200
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