Leipzig - Bayern Munich prediction
Here, the time has come for the last of the top 5 championships in Europe to return to the horizon after the break due to the World Cup.
And what a return! With the derby between the teams of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich.
Over the past few years, the two teams have formed one of the fiercest rivalries in modern football.
But despite some temporary flashes, Leipzig were never able to stop the Bavarians' dominance, which was total.
In the last 4 head-to-head matches, Bayern have won 4 with a total score of 13-6.
As the last meeting was for the German Super Cup and was won 5-3 by Julian Nagelsmann's formation.
Now Bayern is also the favorite of the bookmakers .
But for me, my coefficient is decreasing and I did not dare to bet on them because of the lack of a large number of their main players.
In fact, there are many absentees for the home team as well.
Check out the team news and likely lineups below.
This, on the other hand, is a prerequisite for a more open match and more goals .
The statistics also suggest this.
I settled on the 4.5 goal line. Like two of them to be before the break.
Because 6 of Bayern's last 10 matches in all competitions ended with 5 or more goals .
Furthermore, the previous 3 head-to-head meetings between these rivals were also over 4.5 goals + goal/goal.
RB Leipzig - statistics and info
RB Leipzig have made a poor start to the Bundesliga season, winning just two of their first 7 games.
So they fell far behind in the battle for the title.
But management reacted quickly enough. By sacking Domenico Tedesco as coach to replace him with Marco Rose.
After several weeks of hesitation, the former Borussia Dortmund technician proved himself on the bench.
And his side were running at full throttle ahead of the World Cup break with a 13-match unbeaten run.
Including 11 wins in all competitions in those 13 meetings.
Leipzig have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League , where they will face Man City next month.
And Christopher Nkunku and his teammates finished 2022 with successes against Hoffenheim 3-1, Freiburg 3-1 and Werder Bremen 2-1.
And so they are back on the 3rd step of the podium, 6 points behind leaders and today's opponents Bayern.
To prepare for the resumption of the campaign, Leipzig recorded 3 successes in 4 friendlies.
The victories were against the teams of Radomyak 6-0, Horsens 2-1 and Mlada Boleslav 4-0.
And with them, they definitely gained self-confidence.
Bayern Munich - statistics and info
Bayern also had a successful first half of the season after a rather controversial start.
Especially with a 4 game winless streak in September.
But the Bavarians quickly recovered and went in the right direction.
In Europe, they have won all 6 of their Champions League games against quality opposition such as Inter, Barca and Pilsen.
This will see them face PSG in the round of 16 next month.
Then in the Bundesliga, where Union was the leader for a long time, Bayern quite clearly surpassed all its competitors .
To find themselves at the top of the table by 4 points ahead of their first chasers Freiburg before the break.
Bayern have won their last 6 matches in the championship . The last of which were against Hertha 3-2, Werder 6-1 and Schalke 2-0.
Last Saturday, Julian Nagelsmann's formation played the one and only friendly preparatory match.
Which ended in a draw but in an impressive 4-4 against Red Bull Salzburg.
News about the RB Leipzig team
For this match, Leipzig goalkeeper Gulacci, who was seriously injured at the beginning of the season, will not be available yet.
French international Christopher Nkunku and Bundesliga top scorer with 12 goals in 15 games is injured.
And he won't be back on the field until late February.
The pillars of the defense Raum and Orban may also miss this match.
Also uncertain are the sick defender Simakan, as well as the second goalkeeper Blazwicz.
On the other hand, German international Werner, who participated in the World Cup, is here.
He has scored 4 league goals since returning to the club last summer.
The interesting Forsberg and Shoboslay also deserve attention.
Central defender Guardiol, who was excellent during the World Cup with Croatia, will certainly be the object of the desires of the biggest European clubs.
Bayern Munich team news
Bayern will be without Luca Hernandez, who suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee with the French national team at the World Cup.
As well as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who broke his leg while skiing.
The two will not play again this season.
The summer's star recruit Sadio Mane is also out with an injury that has already seen him miss the World Cup.
While young Moroccan international Mazroui, a victim of heart problems after contracting Covid, as well as Dutch defender De Ligt will also be missing from Jurgen Nagelsmann.
In addition, Cameroon international Choupo-Moting is uncertain due to illness.
All other team leaders are present.
Led by the excellent Musiala (9 goals, 6 assists), Gnabry (8 goals, 3 assists), Sane (5 goals, 3 assists).
As well as midfielders Gorecka and Kimmich.
To compensate for the absence of Luca Hernandez, Dutch international Blind arrived from Ajax Amsterdam.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Blazevich - Simakan, Orban, Guardiol, Halstenberg - Laimer, Schlager - Soboshlaj, Olmo, Forsberg - Silva
Injuries: Gulachi , Nkunku
In question: Diallo, Raum
Lineup: Ulreich - Pavar, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Sane, Musiala, Gnabry - Choupo-Moting
Injured: Hernandez, Mane, Mazraoui, Neuer, Sarr