RB Leipzig will host Dortmund this Saturday at the Red Bull Arena, in round 33 of the Bundesliga. With the title decided in favor of Bayern Munich last week, second place is now under intense battle between these teams. With 3 points separating them, this match is decisive for the final standings. Check our match preview and betting prediction.
Dortmund under no pressure to perform
Dortmund already lost the title race for Bayern Munich, but secured their spot in next season’s Champions League. That takes out some pressure from Lucien Favre’s team. However, second place is still at stake, as both teams are separated by just 3 points.
Since the return of the competition, Dortmund has been outstanding away from Signal Iduna Park. 3 wins in 3 trips, averaging 3 goals per game and conceding just one goal. However, they were surprisingly defeated at home in the last round against Mainz.
For the trip to Leipzig, Dortmund faces a lot of important absences. Akanji, Dahoud, Delaney, and Zagadou all out due to injury, while Hakimi is suspended. Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, and Gio Reyna are all doubtful.
RB Leipzig needs another win to ensure Champions League spot
RB Leipzig is one win away from securing a spot in next season’s Champions League. Nagelsmann’s team was beaten just 3 times this season in the Bundesliga, but have drawn 12. That took them a lot of points in the title race, and one surprising result came last week. Against Dusseldorf, which is fighting to avoid relegation, Leipzig allowed the draw near the end after leading 2-0. That shows that despite the team’s unquestionable talent, there’s still some lack of inexperience to deal with the pressure.
For tomorrow’s match, Nagelsmann cannot count on Hartmann, Poulsen, and Wolf, all injured. Centre-back Ethan Ampadu remains questionable.
Bundesliga’s last meeting between both teams came last December. It was a very exciting 3-3 draw between two teams that have some of the best talented young players in Europe. We expect Both Teams to Score in a match with Over 2,5 goals.