With the league title done and dusted, focus now shifts to the runner up and champions league slots as RB Leipzig host Borussia Dortmund in the pick of the penultimate round of matches.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side were very much in the thick of the title race in the first half of the season. They, however, drew so many winnable games in the second half of the season, particularly the last few weeks to not only fade away from the title challenge but also potentially lose out on the runner-up slot to their opponents Dortmund.
Wednesday night’s inexplicable 2-2 collapse at home against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Wednesday night looked to have sealed their fate only for Dortmund to one-up them and lose at home to Mainz at the same time. So, this is a huge game. A win here for Leipzig will see them leapfrog Dortmund to second on account of head-to-head.
The coach is expected to ring some changes from the side that started against Dusseldorf, with Dayot Upamecano and Patrik Schick both expected to start.
Leipzig also have to prepare for life after Timo Werner, who has inked a deal to move to Chelsea this summer, meaning that he will not be available for the club’s Champions League quarter-final tie in August.
Dortmund have been outstanding all season and have pushed champions Bayern every inch of the way. They are however coming into this match off the back of a shock 2-0 home loss to Mainz on Wednesday night. The runners-up spot is still in their own hands though and a win here will guarantee it.
Lucien Favre is likely to largely maintain the same team from the midweek loss to Mainz, which means Erling Haaland will lead the line with support from Sancho and Thorgan Hazard.
Dortmund have transfer sagas of their own too with speculation rife that Jadon Sancho might leave in the summer. Manchester United are understood to be the leading suitors.
The reverse fixture earlier was a six-goal thriller in a fairly balanced game that could have gone either way. This will, however, be a much different encounter as the stakes are much bigger now. With the runner-up slot on the line here, we anticipate a rather cagey start to the game as both teams be extra cautious not to blink first. We are therefore going with First Half Under 1.5 goals as our initial betting tip for the game. Interwetten have the best odds for this option @ 1.63
Both teams possess plenty of exciting forwards that can step up to the plate and produce magical moments in the game. There are plenty of good candidates here. We are going with Timo Werner though. He is the second leading striker in the league behind Lewandowski. He’s leaving in the summer and there no better final hurrah than delivering a decisive goal in the centrepiece game of the season. Betway betting app have this option @ 2.08 and we fancy it for our final betting tip of the game.
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