Preview - RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Bayern Munich March 19 2018

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Match Day 27
RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Bayern Munich
Monday, March 19th, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RasenBallsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: L D W D D
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (10)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (23)

In terms of entertainment, the best game on match day 27 in the Bundesliga may very well be the final fixture of the weekend as Leipzig welcome runaway league leaders Bayern Munich to the Red Bull Arena.

With the Bundesliga all but sewn up already, it may be that Champions League chasing Leipzig have the more pressing need for the points here, but will that be enough to get anything against this classy Munich side?

Left back Marcel Halstenberg is the only real injury doubt for the home side. Thiago Alcántara and Matts Hummels are expected to miss out for the visitors.

Leipzig have been solid at home this season, winning seven of their 13 at home in the league and only tasting defeat twice. Their form does seem to be tailing off a little though with only two wins in their past seven at the Red Bull Stadium. The main concern against this rampant Bayern side is that they have only kept three clean sheets at home all season.

Bayern aren't invincible, having lost at both Hoffenheim and Moenchengladbach this term, but are on an incredible run at present having won 12 of their last 13 Bundesliga games.

Leipzig are one of the rising forces in German football but they are meeting the real deal here in this Munich side. We don't see Leipzig keeping a clean sheet and we don't see them winning a shootout, so it has to be Bayern for the win.

Prediction: RasenBallsport Leipzig 1 - 2 Bayern Munich


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 16 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 39% - 61%

Marco Fritz reached for the notebook with regularity in what was an entertaining contest. Kevin Kampl, Naby Keita and Peter Gulacsi all saw yellow for Leipzig, with the Bayern players booked being, Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Suele, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.

It was a little surprising to see Robert Lewandowski starting from the bench here, but with the league title in safe keeping and big games in the Champions League looming, it is perhaps understandable after all that the prolific Pole was given the opportunity to rest his legs.

An excellent performance from Leipzig in what could prove to be a real coming of age victory. They had to do it the hard way too having fallen behind early to the league leaders.

It took Munich only twelve minutes to get their noses in front. James Rodriguez breaking with real purpose down the right-hand side before producing a lovely cross to find Sandro Wagner lucking on the edge of the six yard box to head home.

The equaliser came in the 37th minute and was something of a scrappy affair. It was Leipzig breaking down the right this time, with a combination of slick passes and lucky bounces resulting in the ball finding its way to Timo Werner around six yards from goal. His initial effort was blocked, but there was Naby Keita ready and waiting to smash the rebound home. 1-1 a half-time.

Having had a hand in the equaliser, it was Werner who grabbed the winner in the 56th minute. Showing exactly why he is becoming one of the Bundesliga's hottest properties, the young German burst onto a through ball from the excellent Keita before rifling low into the far bottom corner from just inside the box.

Bayern huffed and puffed, bringing on both Ribery and Lewandowski in their pursuit of an equaliser. It was all in vain though as Leipzig held on.

Not too much damage done for Bayern who remain 17 points clear at the top. A big three points for the home side though which brings them to within two points of fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

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