Saturday brings another important round of fixtures in the German Bundesliga with the nation’s top teams battling for points. RB Leipzig enjoy home advantage when hosting Bayer Leverkusen in what is expected to be a competitive contest. You can follow the action live on TV from 17:30 and read the thoughts of our expert team of football writers below.
The history books show RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have met only nine times in competitive action and the visitors have struggled for reasons to cheer in that time. The current head-to-head stats has RB Leipzig on four previous wins with Bayer Leverkusen on just one and four games ending in a draw. The most recent ended 1-1 meaning each of the last three have been two-goal draws.
Bulls boast a strong backline
RB Leipzig started the week in second place and the main danger to Bayern Munich’s dominance of German football. The locals won 10 of their opening 18 matches, drawing 5 and losing the other 3. They netted 31 goals in that period which conceding 17. Those numbers mean Bulls have the best defence in the league, conceding eight fewer goals than the current pace-setters.
Their recent form is poor, and they prepare for this game having managed just two wins in their last five. RB have lost two and drawn one of their four most recent outings and suffered a painful defeat last time out. The locals went down 3-2 away to Mainz last Saturday, despite racing into a strong first-half lead. Fans want to see better here.
Bayer start in third
Bayer Leverkusen were a popular pick with pundits back in pre-season to challenge for the title and secure a top-four finish, but they opened this week in third place and are already 10 points behind Bayern Munich. A title charge isn’t impossible, it’s just not very likely. They must win this match and go on an extended run of form.
Leverkusen have been below par in recent games and arrive in town having won only one of their last five league games, losing three and drawing the other. They were beaten last time out when going down to Wolfsburg despite holding the home advantage. That was a match Bayer were expected to win with a bit to spare but the result shows just how low confidence is in the squad at present. They must get back on track and soon.
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction
Bulls are the home team, but they are on a poor run of form and in danger of dropping down the league if they don’t get back to winning ways soon. They have a strong defence but have struggled in attack, something the coaching team must address.
Bayer Leverkusen aren’t performing to the best of their abilities but know an away win over a top-four rival would do wonders for their confidence. The away team are under pressure but have the quality to challenge.
RB Leipzig are 1.875 with Bayer Leverkusen 3.9 and the draw 3.8.
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