Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).

RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich square off at the Red Bull Arena in Bundesliga’s new exciting rivalry.

The hosts are the only side in top-flight German football with a perfect record in the 2019-20 campaign beating Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin in the process, with a goal difference of 9-2.

Bayern, on the other hand, will be looking to take over the top of the table with a win in Leipzig this weekend.

The reigning champions started out with a 2-2 draw against Hertha, before beating Schalke (0-3) and Mainz (6-1) in the second and the third round respectively.

Keep an eye on the league’s top goalscorers, Robert Lewandowski (6 goals) and Timo Werner (5 goals), both of them having already scored a hattrick in the new Bundesliga campaign.

Team news

Patrik Schick, who joined RB Leipzig from AS Roma on a one-year loan deal is in contention to make his debut for the Red Bulls this weekend.

Another new signing Hannes Wolf is out for the hosts, while youngsters Dayot Upamecano and Tyler Adams are both doubtful.

Thomas Muller could return in Bayern’s starting line up, probably replacing Philippe Coutinho who traveled to South America for international duty.

Leon Goretzka has been ruled out after undergoing surgery, meaning Joshua Kimmich will play in midfield with Benjamin Pavard at right-back.

Talk to the press

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is convinced the Red Bulls will have a good season, but is not sure if they are finally ready to win a trophy.

“It’s not about replacing anything or developing something completely new; it’s more about adding a couple of things on top with a bit of time,” he told Bundesliga.com.

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“I’m certain we’ll have a good season. I don’t know if it’ll be enough to win the title. With Kloppo it took three years [for him to win something] in Dortmund and in Liverpool.

“We’d all be happy if we could win something in three years. We’d obviously have nothing against it happening sooner, but four years would also be OK. It would be great if we could achieve it. That’s our aim.”

Nico Kovac believes his players need to be at 100 percent if they want to retain their Bundesliga crown.

“Everyone has to be at 100 percent. That’s true for Bayern and also our opponents. You can’t play at 80 or 90 percent,” Kovac said at a press conference.

“We’ll have to wait on Coutinho’s condition when he returns, then we’ll talk to him. It’s important that he had two games with Brazil, but of course, such a journey is exhausting and in Thomas [Müller], we have somebody who played very well in the last game.

“It’s true that Leipzig have come on a lot. It’s getting close. I hope we’ll be the lucky ones. As well as Leipzig, Dortmund and Leverkusen will challenge. The four of us will contest everything. We know to expect a close race.”

Stats

The most recent meeting between both sides came in the DFB-Pokal Final last season, when Bayern registered an easy 3-0 win to secure their domestic double.

Bayern have won four of their six Bundesliga meetings with RB Leipzig (1D and 1L) with 15 goals scored and six conceded.

However, the hosts have lost only two league games in 2019, noting 12 wins and five draws in the process.

Timo Werner is enjoying his best-ever season start, having scored in each of the opening three Bundesliga matchdays.

The Bavarians are on a run of 15 games without losing across all competitions since the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig suffered only one home defeat in the 2018-19 campaign, losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the first game after the winter break in January.

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