Match Day 4
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich
Sunday, September 12th, 2021
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match (20/21): 1.76
Average goals against per match (20/21): 0.94
Top Scorer (20/21): Marcel Sabitzer ( 8 )
Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.91
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.29
Top Scorer (20/21): Robert Lewandowski (41)
No doubt about the standout fixture of the weekend in the Bundesliga. It comes at the Red Bull Arena as last seasons runners up RB Leipzig play host to defending champions Bayern Munich. Plenty of subplots to this game, including the fact that last seasons RB manager Julian Nagelsmann is now in charge of Bayern Munich, and that RB star man Marcel Sabitzer has also now departed to join the giants of the German game.
RB have made a stuttering start to the season - beating Stuttgart, but losing to both Mainz and Wolfsburg. Bayern were held to a draw by Gladbach on the opening day, but have bounced back with wins over Cologne and Hertha Berlin.
Bayern just edged this match up last season, being held to a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture, but winning 1-0 in this one.
Marcel Halstenberg and Marcelo Saracchi are out for the home side. No confirmed absentees for Bayern as yet, although a number of players do seem to have returned from the international break with niggling injuries.
RB were very solid at home last season, winning 11 of 17 and losing just twice. Excellent at the back they conceded more than once in only three of those games - although do seem to be playing a slightly more open style under new boss Jesse Marsch.
Bayern boasted a very similar record on the road, winning eleven of 17, losing only three times and scoring two or more in ten of those games.
If anything, the gap between these two appears to be widening, and if anyone should know how to beat Leipzig, it is surely Nagelsmann. We will take an improving Bayern Munich side to pick up the points in this one.
Prediction: RB Leipzig 1 - 3 Bayern Munich
Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots: 10 - 18
Shots on target: 4 - 6
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 53% - 47%
Referee: Deniz Aytekin
RB Leipzig: None
Bayern Munich: None
12 minutes 0-1 (Robert Lewandowski (pen)): There didn't look to be too much danger when the ball was clipped into the right of the Leipzig area, nor indeed any signs of an obvious infringement as Kevin Kampl got back to clear. VAR though otherwise though, and upon review it was spotted that Kampl had in fact controlled with his upper arm. Penalty kick. No mistake from Lewandowski who finished confidently into the bottom right.
47 minutes 0-2 (Jamal Musiala): Lewandowski found to the left of centre and playing in the overlapping Alphonso Davies to the left. Musiala onto Davies low ball to control nicely towards the left corner of the six-yard box and fire a volleyed effort across goal and in to the bottom right.
54 minutes 0-3 (Leroy Sane): Lewandowski found centrally again and this time playing Musiala in to the right of the area. The youngster headed towards the goal-line but clipping an excellent ball across to take the keeper out of the game and Sané turing home on the volley from only a couple of yards out to the left of centre.
58 minutes 1-3 (Konrad Laimer): A thunderbolt from Laimer. Found around 30 yards out and central, the midfield man took a touch forward and thumped a drive into the top right corner. Great strike.
90+2 minutes 1-4 (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting): A Bayern counter initially looking to have broken down, but the ball falling to Kimmich backing up in a central area and his low straight through ball seeing Choupo-Moting beat the offside trap to have only the keeper to beat from close to the penalty spot. The substitute making no mistake to fire home into the left-hand side.
Analysis: This looked like being tough for the hosts on current form, and in the end that's how it turned out. RB weren't quite blown away on the stats, but simply were unable to match Bayern's cutting edge in the final third.
League Standings: Bayern sit second, two points behind leaders Wolfsburg. Leipzig down in thirteenth spot.