Bayern Munich lock horns with RB Leipzig in a top-of-the-table clash in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.
Bayern Munich have been dominant to start this season than they were last season when they won the treble. The Bavarians top the Bundesliga charts with 7 wins in 9 games and they effectively wrapped up the top spot in Group A of the Champions League after winning all four of their opening games with ease.
To illustrate the depth of this team, Hansi Flick had the luxury of making nine changes to his side, fielding a second-string side against Atletico Madrid who had a full house but they still managed a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Tuesday night.
Flick will be hoping the regular starters are well rested and ready to increase their cushion at the top with a win here.
RB Leipzig have in recent years emerged as one of the contenders for the Bundesliga title. They finished as runnners-up in the 2016-17 season and last season, they kept pace with Bayern for the better part of the season but ran out of gas at the end and finished a distant third. They also made the UEFA Champions League semis which is a huge achievement for a club that is barely a decade old.
Fast-forward and they are yet again challenging for the Bundesliga and are also on course to qualify for the knockout stage in their finely poised Champions League group after a dramatic 4-3 win at Istanbul Basaksehir. They will, however, need a victory at home over Manchester United to make the cut.
Leipzig will need to surmount the mammoth challenge posed by the Bavarians if they are to stand any chance of dethroning them from the apex.
Bayern Munich triumphs from last season mean they had the disadvantage of a shorter rest before the new season kicked off. They have largely continued from where they left last season, with just one loss in the Bundesliga from their 9 games. That loss was a stinging 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim and it came hot on the heels of a busy week for Bayern in which they had played an engrossing extra time UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla. They seemingly learnt from that experience going by Flick’s decision to rest key players from their midweek trip to prepare for this game. Bayern are head and shoulders above everyone right now. We are backing them to win at half time and fulltime @ 2.03 with Cloudbet as our first betting tip.
Leipzig has struggled in their travels in the league so far this season with just one win in their 4 away matches. A trip to the Allianz Arena is an even more daunting prospect. With Bayern expected to dominate possession as they are wont to do, goal-scoring opportunities will be few and far between for Leipzig and we are picking Under 1.5 Team Goals for Leipzig @ 1.46 with Cloudbet betting app as our final tip for this clash.
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