On Saturday, Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund battle it out for for the Vizemeister honour in this penultimate round of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season.
Date: Saturday June, 20th
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Leipzig threw away a two-goal lead when drawing 2-2 with lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out, with Kevin Kampl and Chelsea-bound Timo Werner scoring the goals for them here, before a late rally from the opposition saw them snatch a share of the spoils.
The prolific German will be moving to the Premier League at the end of this campaign, and it remains to be seen how he performs in the rest of the games for Die Roten Bullen who remain in the hunt for this season’s Champions League title.
Dortmund, on their part lacked lustre when they faced Mainz in midweek and were duly punished with a 2-0 defeat.
Thankfully, their place in the top-four is already assured, but the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc had reportedly called for an immediate improvement in the team’s performance and attitude following that sickening loss.
Leipzig celebrated their first ever Bundesliga win against Dortmund in September 2016. They did the double over them that season, but have yet to beat Die Borussen ever since. Will they break the stronghold here?
Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Halstenberg are both available again after suspension, Ethan Ampadu is still struggling with a back injury.
Yussf Poulsen is ruled out of the season with an ankle injury.
Achraf Hakimi is suspended for the trip to Saxony and will be a big miss.
Marco Reus is back in training, but will not be rushed back. Thomas Delaney could miss the rest of the campaign with his muscle injury.
Manuel Akanji is struggling with a calf injury, and so misses out.
Head to Head
In seven competitive games between these two sides, Dortmund have three wins to Leipzig’s two. Two games have ended up as stalemates.
Leipzig last five competitive games: DWDWD
Dortmund’s last five competitive games:LWWWL
Let us back the goals to flow in this classic Bundesliga encounter, between two sides who were just about denied the title by the irrepressible Bayern. With Jadon Sancho and Erling Håland squaring off against Patrick Shick and Werner, expect fireworks to come alive in Leipzig, and rightly so. Over 2.5 is priced 4/7 on this front, and should be one of markets that emerge from this game on Saturday.
Both Teams To Score at 1/2 is another no brainer, and with the added prospect of two attack-minded teams going up against themselves, expect to see action at both ends of the pitch.
Werner is 21/20 to score anytime, and back the outgoing striker to add to his significant tally in a game of this magnitude.