3 Key Battles That Could Decide Bayern Munich’s Clash With RB Leipzig on Sunday

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich head to the Red Bull Arena to face RB Leipzig in the German top flight this weekend.

The Bavarians are 26 points clear of their rivals in the hunt for the title and it’ll be a case of damage limitation for the hosts given how poor they’ve been in the league this term.

Bayern can’t rest on their laurels and expect a routine win, however, due to Leipzig’s talented squad, and these three key battles could go some way to helping decide the outcome of this tasty encounter:

3. Timo Werner vs Jerome Boateng

Leipzig’s top scorer once again, 22-year-old Werner will carry the burden of bagging the goals that may be necessary to ending Bayern’s domestic winning run.

The striker has bagged 17 goals in all competitions so far this term, but will come up against a formidable backline that doesn’t ship goals easily.

Werner will come face-to-face with international teammates Boateng and Mats Hummels on home soil, and his clash with the former should make for a good personal tussle.

If Werner can utilise his pace and movement to break the lines of Bayern, he may yet be the difference maker in Saxony.

2. Robert Lewandowski vs Yvon Mvogo

Down the opposite end of the field Bayern superstar Lewandowski will hope to continue his remarkable streak in front of goal.

The Poland international has plundered 32 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions and will back himself to notch the deciding strikes against this weekend’s opponents.

Standing in his way will be Leipzig shot stopper Mvogo, who may end up being a one-man army as he bids to keep Bayern’s attackers at bay.

It promises to be a clash of epic proportions and whichever player succeeds in coming on top will have a massive say on where the points lie at the end of Sunday.

1. Naby Keita vs Arturo Vidal

Key to both teams’ chances of winning will be their ability to retain – and win back – the ball, which is where Leipzig’s and Bayern’s two midfield enforcers will come into play.

Both Keita and Vidal are rough in the tackle, have stamina levels to last the full 90 minutes, can pick a pass and score the odd goal or two when required.

It makes for an intriguing centre midfield battle between the pair and much will depend on how they settle into proceedings in a bid to out-do the other.

If the Guinea international or Chile star can best the other in a battle of physical and mental wills then it will likely be the biggest factor on who wins this weekend.


RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News & More

Bayern Munich travel to the Red Bull Arena on Sunday knowing that they are on the brink of securing a sixth straight Bundesliga title this season, and could even be crowned champions this weekend if results elsewhere go their way.

RB Leipzig will prove to be far from routine opponents for the travelling Bavarians, although back to back draws against Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart have left Die Roten Bullen four points adrift of the Champions League places.

Here’s everything you need to know about this heavyweight fixture on Sunday.

Classic Encounter


You’d be forgiven for thinking that the list of classic matches involving a team that were formed in 2009 is rather short. However, RB Leipzig rarely fail to disappoint, especially when they face up against Bayern Munich.
These two sides first met in the German top flight last season – Leipzig’s maiden year in the Bundesliga. When Bayern travelled to Saxony on the penultimate day of the league campaign, only an injury-time strike separated both teams in a nine-goal thriller.

Marcel Sabitzer got the hots off to the perfect start and nodded the ball into the back of the net with less than two minutes on the clock. Despite seeing their lead dashed by a Robert Lewandowski penalty, Timo Werner had Leipzig back in front at half time.

Yussuf Poulsen increased Leipzig’s lead even further shortly after the restart before Thiago Alcântara pulled another goal back for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The game then looked to be done and dusted when Werner scored his second of the game. 

However, Lewandowski and David Alaba scored late on and appeared to have rescued a point for the Bavarians. But the game one had one final twist and when Arjen Robben raced through on goal in the 95th minute, the Dutch veteran calmly dinked the ball over Péter Gulácsi to round off a thrilling and historic afternoon of football.

Team News

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Manuel Neuer will still be out of action this weekend against RB Leipzig but the 31-year-old goalkeeper could return to the Bayern Munich squad in less than a month.
Thiago Alcântara, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman could also be missing for the Bavarians this weekend, although only the aforementioned Coman should be sidelined after the international break.
For RB Leipzig, Marcel Sabitzer and Marcel Halstenberg are the only players who should be missing from Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad this weekend.


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Bayern Munich already have one hand on the Bundesliga title and Jupp Heynckes’ side would be forgiven for looking ahead to their next two games where they face Borussia Dortmund – a game that is more about pride at this stage of the season – and Sevilla.
Although the Bavarians will rightly be favourites ahead of the game, Leipzig have a lot more to lose this weekend and should come out of the blocks on the front foot in search of their first-ever win against Bayern.
Prediction: RB Leipzig 3-2 Bayern Munich

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face RB Leipzig on Sunday

?Bayern Munich face a trip to RB Leipzig’s stadium on Sunday as they look to wrap up the Bundesliga title as soon as possible.

The Bavarian giants hold a 20-point lead over nearest rivals Schalke for the league crown and will have the trophy in the bag if they maintain their excellent winning streak.

Here’s Jupp Heynckes will line his side up for the clash:


  • Ulreich


?With Manuel Neuer still sidelined, Sven Ulreich will continue to deputise in goal.


  • Kimmich


  • Boateng


  • Hummels


  • Alaba


?Joshua Kimmich should be preferred to Rafinha at right-back after he was rested for the victory over Besiktas in midweek, while David Alaba will retain his place on the opposite flank.

First choice central defensive duo Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will also remain in the starting lineup despite competition from the likes of Niklas Sule.


?With Thiago and Corentin Tolisso both injured, Heynckes has had to change his favoured 4-3-3 system to accommodate another forward in his team.

Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal will take their places in the heart of midfield as per usual, while Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will be deployed ahead of them.


  • Lewandowski


?Who else will lead Bayern’s attack if not Robert Lewandowski?

The Real Madrid and PSG target has been in superb form for his club again this season and, despite rumours that he wants away from the Allianz Arena, is still banging in the goals to ensure that Bayern have all-but-secured the German top flight trophy for another season.


Bayern Munich Superstar Robert Lewandowski Reportedly Agrees Summer Move to Real Madrid

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has agreed a deal that will see him join Real Madrid in the summer.

The Poland international, who has scored 32 goals in 36 appearances this season, has over two years left on his current deal at Bayern, but according to Mundo, could be wearing the white of Madrid next term.

The agreement is reported as having stemmed from a series of meetings between Lewandowski’s new agent Pini Zahavi and Florentino Perez’s top aid Jose Angel Sanchez.

Rumours of the forward joining Real grew rife after he dropped Cezary Kucharski, his agent for over 10 years, to later hire Zahavi. And despite Jupp Heynckes insistence on him remaining at the Allianz past the summer, many believe that Lewandowski will complete the switch to the Bernabeu this year.

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The player is understood to have hired Zahavi as a result of him wanting to leave the Bundesilga giants. And Mundo report that, after negotiations with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, the striker now has his heart set on playing for Los Blancos.

The Spanish side, meanwhile, are said to have placed all their chips on Lewandowski due to the uncertainty surrounding English target Harry Kane. They were also waiting to see how things would play out with Neymar, but PSG are unwilling to negotiate over the Brazilian at this point in time and are bent on keeping him.

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The only thing believed to be an issue, on Madrid’s end, is Cristiano Ronaldo’s preference for playing with Karim Benzema.

Perez, though, is simply looking to strengthen his side and isn’t ready to be swayed by sentiments.

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Champions League Quarter Final Draw: Last 8 Learn Their Fate & Are One Step Closer to Kyiv

Liverpool against Manchester City is the headline tie from the Champions League quarter finals as the eight remaining clubs fighting for the trophy learned their fate when the draw was made at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday lunchtime.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea all fell at the Last 16 stage, but those left are now one step closer to the final in Kyiv on 26th May.

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The open draw pitted holders Real Madrid, looking to become the first champions to win three successive titles since Bayern Munich in the 1970s, against Juventus in a repeat of the 2017 final. Meanwhile, Barcelona will take on Roma and Bayern must face Sevilla.

2017/18 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Draw: 

Barcelona vs Roma

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Manchester City

First leg ties will be played on 3/4 April, with return legs scheduled for 10/11 April.

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