RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen face off in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening, with both sides fighting to be Bayern Munich’s biggest title rivals.
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RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Predictions
Both Leipzig and Leverkusen have led the Bundesliga at some point this season, but as has been the case for some time now, they eventually fell away, allowing Bayern Munich to regain control of Germany’s top flight. Leipzig were one of the early leaders of the Bundesliga, but their downfall started at the end of October in defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach. Although they continued to string together an unbeaten run, Julian Nagelsmann’s side were unable to regain top spot.
At the start of January, Leipzig again looked to be Bayern’s closest competitors and, often playing earlier, had chances to momentarily go top of the table. However, they go into this game in poor form, winning just one of their past four Bundesliga matches. Last time out it was defeat to Mainz, who are currently fighting relegation and went into the match with just one win, leaving Leipzig seven points behind Bayern.
Leverkusen’s tale with Bundesliga’s top spot ended a lot later than Leipzig’s, going into the final game of December in pole position. Unfortunately for Leverkusen, they played Bayern in that final game before the winter pause and lost 2-1 in dramatic fashion, conceding an injury-time Robert Lewandowski having taken an early lead.
That defeat to Bayern set Leverkusen into free fall and they have followed that up with a further three defeats in their past five matches, only beating Dortmund during that run. Unlike Leipzig with Mainz, two of the defeats came against fellow European challengers in Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, but it has been worrying form for Peter Bosz that must be brought to an end soon.
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RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Match Stats
Every player has their favourite opponents, and for RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg, it’s Bayer Leverkusen. The Swede has scored four goals in eight games versus Leverkusen, more than he has managed against any other Bundesliga club, and it was he who put Leipzig a goal up in the previous match this season.
That game finished a draw, as had the previous two, but RB Leipzig have a good record against Leverkusen with four wins from the nine Bundesliga matches so far. Both sides have also been leaky at the back in recent weeks, with Leipzig in particular conceding eight goals in their past four games, just one fewer than they had in the opening 14 matches.
RB Leipzig have a good record against Bayer Leverkusen in their brief history together, losing just one of the nine meetings so far. That defeat came in the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign and would ultimately help Leverkusen finish two points ahead of Leipzig in the league, though they both secured Europa League football for the following campaign.