Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig 08 May 21

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Match Day 32
Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig
Saturday, May 8th 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.13
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Erling Braut Haaland (25)

RB Leipzig:
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.77
Average goals against per match: 0.81
Top Scorer: Marcel Sabitzer & Emil Forsberg (7)

We have a number of cracking fixtures across Europe this coming weekend, with one of the pick of which being this Match Day 32 encounter in the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund welcome RB Leipzig to Signal-Iduna-Park.

Dortmund had looked right up against it in the race to qualify for the Champion's League, but a run of four consecutive victories now sees Erling Haaland and co up to fifth and only one point adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt. Every chance of making it with three games to play, and they will be hoping to keep up the momentum on this one.

RB Leipzig meanwhile have Champion's League qualification locked up, but sitting second and seven points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich, they look booked for the runners up spot now.

Dortmund picked up the points courtesy of a 3-1 success in the reverse of this fixture, with the sides playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the game here last season.

Axel Witsel, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Marcel Schmelzer, Youssoufa Moukoko and Mateu Morey are all out injured for the home side, whilst Jude Bellingham misses out through suspension. Lazar Samardzic looks like being the only absentee for Leipzig.

Dortmund have won nine of 15 so far at home, including four of their last five here, scoring two or more in eleven of 15 and conceding more than once five times.

Leipzig have lost only three of 15 on the road overall, but one of those defeats did come in a surprising loss at Köln in their most recent away fixture. Generally excellent at the back, they have conceded more than once in only four of 15, keeping a clean sheet in four of their last six.

The motivational edge lies with the hosts, but the injury situation may just level that out. We will take a draw in this one.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 2 RB Leipzig


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots: 15 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 7 - 7
Possession: 44% - 56%
Referee: Daniel Siebert

Borussia Dortmund: Mats Hummels (Yellow)
RB Leipzig: Amadou Haidara (Yellow)

7 minutes 1-0 (Marco Reus): Slick move down the right from Dortmund. Reus dummying for Thorgan Hazard who then played Reus in with a clever flick behind the right full-back. Reus into the area and smashing home high up the middle from close to the right corner of the six yards box.

51 minutes 2-0 (Jadon Sancho): Raphael Guerreiro finding Sancho outside the right corner of the area. Sancho advancing into the area and with defenders backing off cutting back and firing a well-placed effort into the bottom right corner from around nine yards out and in line with the six-yard box.

63 minutes 2-1 (Lukas Klostermann): Emil Forsberg sending the corner over from the right-hand side. Klostermann getting up around eight yards out and to the right of centre to send a solid header into the bottom left.

77 minutes 2-2 (Daniel Olmo): Hee-Chan Hwang slipped in to the left of the area, showing good strength to hold off his marker and then good awareness to lay the ball back with the keeper rushing out to meet him. Olmo the man free to slot home from around ten yards out and to the left of centre.

87 minutes 3-2 (Jadon Sancho): Sancho found on the edge of the area to the left and playing a clever back heel to slip in Guerreiro to the left. Guerreiro drawing defenders and keeper before cutting the ball back to Sancho to control and slot home down the middle from six yards out and central.

Analysis: Plenty of attacking intent from both sides, and purely on the stats RB will likely feel that they were unfortunate to come away with nothing. Efficiency is worth plenty in this game though and - grabbing three goals from just four attempts on target - Dortmund certainly scored top marks in that regard.

League Standings: Huge win for Dortmund, who move up to fourth, two points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt who are still to play this weekend. RB second, with any chance of reeling in Bayern Munich now over.

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