Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig Betting: Both sides to prove themselves worthy title contenders

While they may not have many admirers among the neutrals, Al Hain-Cole is backing the surprise package’s exciting attacking approach to reap dividends against Carlo Ancelotti’s …

An unlikely top of the table clash takes place in the Bundesliga on Wednesday, as traditional heavyweights Bayern Munich welcome surprise upstarts RB Lepizig to  Allianz Arena – a game bet365 customers can watch online for free.

Ahead of their opponents only on goal difference in first position, Carlo Ancelotti’s team are 2/5 (1.40) favourites to move clear at the top with a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions.

After bouncing back from a first defeat of the season to see off Hertha Berlin 2-0 at the weekend, the newly-promoted guests can be backed at 6/1 (7.00) to finish a dream year on top of the league by coming out on top here.

The visitors have not played out a single draw in any of their last 10 matches but are priced at 15/4 (4.75) to come away with a point in this one.

While Die Roten are widely unpopular in Germany for their long-standing dominance of the domestic game, Wednesday’s opposition are disliked for almost the opposite reason.

Having benefitted from generous corporate investment and some creative measures to circumvent Bundesliga rules on naming rights and fan ownership, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team have drawn widespread antagonism from opposition clubs and supporters.

Nevertheless, even the most committed detractors must have some grudging admiration for the exciting football on display from the division’s youngest squad, whose record of 31 goals after 15 matches is just four fewer than a star-studded Bayern team.

Considering they have already overcome established forces such as Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen thanks to a high octane style of play, they will fancy their chances of at least finding the net for the 15th Bundesliga game out of 16 in this clash.

Indeed, the fact that Bayern have conceded in 12 of their last 16 fixtures in all competitions suggests 4/5 (1.80) odds offer solid value on both teams finding the net in a fittingly exciting final Bundesliga clash of 2016.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake

Bayern blocked Liverpool move, admits Shaqiri

The Swiss forward was looking for a way out of the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2014, but was prevented from securing a switch to the Premier League

Xherdan Shaqiri says he was a top target for Liverpool in the summer of 2014, but saw Bayern Munich block a potential move to Anfield.

The Switzerland international was one of the most sought-after talents in Europe prior to securing a switch to Germany, having surged to prominence with Basel.

Shaqiri: Pep special but demanding

His debut campaign at the Allianz Arena delivered three major trophies, as Bayern swept to Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League crowns.

The arrival of Pep Guardiola as boss brought about a reversal in fortune, though, as the talented forward slipped down the pecking order.

He admits he was looking for a way out ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil, but Brendan Rodgers’ best efforts to secure his signature came to nothing.

Shaqiri told Spox: “I wanted to leave in summer by all means and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico.

“Brendan Rodgers called me several times before the World Cup. But Bayern forbid me to leave.”

‘Players do not pick Inter line-up’

The 25-year-old, who is now on the books at Stoke City, finally got his exit wish in January 2015 and ended up joining Inter Milan.

He would spend just six months in Italy before eventually making his way to England with the Potters, but admits to thoroughly enjoying his time at the San Siro.

Shaqiri said: “Inter wanted me the most. They promised me a new Inter.

“The reception was really crazy. A security man nearly choked me, because there was chaos and he lost the orientation. The life style was amazing, they was the best six month of my life.

“The football was very tactical. It was difficult to bring in my explosive style of playing. There was a training in which I shot corners for two hours. I never experienced this before.”

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He added: “Inter’s infrastructure is a shame to be honest. That such a prestigious club does not find a way to invest in its infrastructure is disappointing. The regeneration, analysis, training – in England it’s much more professional.”

Shaqiri has netted three times in the Premier League for Stoke this season, as they sit 11th, while Inter are perched seventh in the Serie A standings – six points adrift of the European places.

Bayern Munich defender Boateng out for six weeks after operation

The Germany international is set to be out for some time after undergoing a chest operation in yet another setback during an injury-hit season for the central defender

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out for approximately six weeks after undergoing surgery on a pectoral tendon, the Bundesliga champions have announced.

The Germany international has not played since a shaky display in the 3-2 Champions League defeat at Rostov on November 23 and went under the knife in Munich on Tuesday.

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The operation was deemed a success with Bayern suggesting the centre-half will be sidelined until early February.

A club statement read: “Prof. Dr. Andreas Imhoff operated on the right pectoral muscle of Jerome Boateng on Tuesday in Munich.”

Bayern doctor Volker Braun added: “The operation went very well. If the healing process is optimal, Jerome Boateng will not be available for about six weeks.”

Get well soon, @JB17Official! #Boateng has successfully undergone surgery on a pectoral tendon. More soon at

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 20, 2016

Boateng will be an interested observer when Bayern look to clinch the ‘Winter Champions’ title at home to RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has suffered another injury-plagued season, making just 14 appearances for club and country due to knee and hamstring problems.

He will spend the mid-season break working on his rehabilitation, although he is unlikely to be fit when Bayern resume their Bundesliga campaign at Freiburg on January 20.

Everything possible for Leipzig – Hasenhuttl

Ahead of facing league leaders Bayern Munich the manager of the Bundesliga’s surprise package has said that he thinks a perfect season is required to beat Carlo Ancelotti’s side

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl believes his team are capable of anything in the Bundesliga as they prepare to face Bayern Munich.

This season’s surprise package are level on points with Bayern and nine clear of third-placed Hoffenheim ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena.

Hasenhuttl feels his team can match what Leicester City did by stunningly winning the Premier League against the odds last season.

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“Ralf [Rangnick, RB Leipzig director of sports] said weeks ago that everything is possible,” he said.

“I think it’s a little bit more difficult in Germany because we play a sensational season. We have one loss and three draws and have the same points as Bayern, 10 points ahead of Dortmund, 20 points ahead of teams who still play Champions League.

“If you want to be in front of Bayern, you have to play a perfect season. The good thing is that we don’t have to measure us with them.

“We had a game last weekend which was more important when you look on the table. We won against third and now have a nine-point lead.

“Therefore the game on Wednesday is a bonus game for us and we can see what is missing. We want to see how far we are in our development and that is the exciting thing.

“The game won’t change our strategy in the second leg of the season.”

Hasenhuttl said he was excited to face Bayern to see just where his team are at almost midway through the season.

“I am looking forward to a very interesting task. Since today, we prepare for the game and what we have to look forward to,” he said.

“You can recognise what a task we have to face. It’s fun to look for solutions because Bayern are one of the best teams in the world.

“I know that everyone is eager to see how we will play against them.”

Shaqiri: Pep was special but demanding

The Stoke forward worked with the Manchester City boss at Bayern Munich, and was ultimately forced out by the Catalan as he slipped down the pecking order

Xherdan Shaqiri endured a testing period working under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, but admits the Catalan coach is “special, detailed and pretty demanding”.

The Switzerland international was on the books at the Bundesliga giants when the now Manchester City boss inherited the reins in the summer of 2013.

Ballsy Pep adapting to PL life

He was coming off the back of a productive debut campaign at the Allianz Arena which delivered major honours at home and abroad.

Shaqiri figured 39 times in all competitions throughout the 2012-13 season, as Bayern swept the board with Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League crowns.

He was, however, to slip down the pecking order under Guardiola and eventually moved on to Inter Milan in January 2015.

The 25-year-old – who is now at Stoke City – was disappointed to fall out of favour, but admits that the former Barcelona boss is among the best in the business.

Shaqiri told Spox: “My situation changed under Pep Guardiola, but I never had any problems with him.

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“Unfortunately I had some injury problems. But I got unhappy because I played a lot of games before and had my say in the treble season. But then players came from the bench before me even though they had a lower standing within the team. This was disappointing of course, though I’d say I never feared competition and wanted to show the coach why he was wrong.

“His training was special, detailed and pretty demanding – but absolutely ace. We did everything with the ball.

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“With [Jupp] Heynckes during preparation, we would run like scared rabbits three times a day. But that was so everyone was 100 percent fit.”

Shaqiri lasted just six months at Inter before moving on to Stoke.

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His signing was considered to be quite a coup for the Potters, with the Swiss star penning a five-year contract.

He has already matched his three-goal Premier League return from 2015-16 in 11 outings this season and helped Mark Hughes’ men to take in a run that has delivered just two defeats in their last 12 outings.