We are in round 32 of the German Bundesliga season, and there’s still plenty to play for with places to be won and lost at both ends of the league. Bayern Munich overcame a sticky spell to return to what they do best, dominating German football. They enjoy a cushion over the chasing pack and are looking likely to win another top-flight title. They aren’t home and dry yet, though, with RB Leipzig clutching to their coattails in the hope FCB slip up. The Bulls visit Borussia Dortmund on Saturday from 14.30 GMT, and you can follow that match live on TV.
The visitors are battling to stay in the title race while their opponents seek the three points needed to strengthen their claims on a top-four finish and place in next season’s Champions League. Borussia Dortmund hasn’t been as strong this year as they usually are but are improving and will believe they have what it takes to secure a vital win on their patch and catapult themselves into the top four.
Borussia Dortmund has dominated this fixture in recent times and won their last meeting with RB Leipzig by a convincing 3-1 scoreline back in January. The head-to-head stats show Dortmund are unbeaten against the Bulls since 2017, a run of six games. That will give confidence to followers of the home team going into a crucial 90 minutes in their season.
Dortmund pushing for a top-four finish
Borussia Dortmund started the season as one of the pundits’ picks to challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga crown. Things haven’t gone according to plan this term, however, and they started the week well off the pace set by Munich. They are currently fifth in the table with 55 points on the board compared to the 71 of the league leaders. Their focus is now on driving themselves into the top four and grabbing a share of the Champions League cash for next season.
Dortmund prepares for this game with their stats for the season showing 17 wins and four draws against ten defeats. They have scored 66 goals so far, which is more than three of the four teams above them, with Bayern Munich the spare. The home team has conceded 42 goals which is less than Frankfurt in fourth and only two more than Bayern Munich. The players are in high spirits following a stunning recent run of form that has seen them grab a maximum of 12 points from their last four games.
Borussia was last seen in action on the month’s opening day when dishing out a 5-0 beating to lowly Holstein Kiel in the German DFB Cup a week ago. It was a match they were expected to win at a canter but deserve respect for their performance and the way they took their goals. That result would’ve done wonders for team morale.
RB Leipzig held grand plans of finally challenging Bayern Munich’s league dominance, and without fans in the stadiums, many followers of German football believed they would go close. Leipzig is the main danger to Munich’s crown, but time runs out for them to apply pressure and see how the league leaders react. The Bulls are second in the league table with 64 points on the board, seven less than the pacesetters, but Bayern did suffer a rare defeat last time, which allowed Leipzig to close the gap.
The Bulls carry season stats of 19 wins and seven draws against five defeats into this game. They have scored 55 goals which is less than Borussia Monchengladbach down in seventh but have conceded just 25 in the process, which gives them the best defence in the league. They will require that sturdy backline to continue to stand firm in the closing weeks if they are to creep any closer to Bayern Munich.
RB Leipzig was the only team in the top four of the division to record a win last time. They beat Stuttgart 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Haidara and Forsberg, with the second coming from the penalty spot. The beaten team in that game finished with ten men after having Ahamada sent off with just 14 minutes on the clock. Leipzig then beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in the cup after extra time.
Dortmund vs RB Leipzig prediction
Borussia Dortmund is two teams that know they can’t afford to lose this match. Defeat would be a massive blow to the chances of Dortmund making it to the Champions League next season. At the same time, a loss would end any hopes of RB Leipzig clawing back the difference and challenging Bayern Munich for the league title.
Borussia boasts the better recent form of the two teams involved here, having won each of their last four games. We have seen Leipzig stutter and stumble their way through, winning two, drawing and losing the spare in the same period. If RB fails to win the league, they will look back on an unconvincing finish as the main reason.
The stats associated with this fixture shows there have been three or more goals scored in two of the last three games. That period has given us a total of 12 goals, and armchair fans hope this renewal falls into line and gives up a few more, although both managers would settle for a boring 1-0 win if they could get it.
The pre-match betting odds on this one available at 22bet has Borussia Dortmund priced at 2.11 to win the game, while RB Leipzig can be backed at 3.184 to come away with the three points. Fancy the draw? A level finish is 3.78.
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