Corentin Tolisso tries his luck in a fairly central position, but seems a bit hectic in his actions. The right shot does not cause any danger, it is much too high.
The record champions are currently trying to get things under control. Julian Nagelsmann’s men now have more ball possession. You spend more and more time in the opposing half.
A little later, Gnabry appears half-left in the sixteen and shoots with his left foot. The national player does not fully catch the ball. Péter Gulácsi stops the low shot easily.
At the other end, Serge Gnabry puts in the first attempt on goal but is blocked by Joško Gvardiol, leading to the first corner kick of the encounter. This then fizzles out without yield.
After Joshua Kimmich fouled Konrad Laimer, the Saxons had their first set piece in a position slightly to the right. However, the people of Leipzig don’t do anything about it.
Leipzig does not hide. The guests want to set their own accents right from the start. At least that’s what Domenico Tedesco’s boys suggest through their approach.
With a clear sky, the temperatures in Munich have dropped to two degrees. At least no knockdowns will interfere with the gameplay. And once again, 10,000 spectators can create an atmosphere in the stands.
Incidentally, the first half of the 4th matchday went 4-1 to FC Bayern. The Rasenballer have won only one of the previous 13 competitive games against the record champions anyway – in March 2018 at home with 2: 1. In Munich, the Saxons had to be happy to get a point. This happened in the last two guest appearances (0:0, 3:3). Before that, the people of Leipzig had traveled to the Bavarian capital three times in vain and had not even scored a goal.
Leipzig is currently on four competitive wins in a row. The Red Bulls have won everything in the new year. One of the three home wins came against Hansa Rostock in the DFB Cup and meant entry into the quarter-finals. The Messestadt-based team only played away from home in Stuttgart, where they won 2-0. RB suffered their last defeat before Christmas at home against Bielefeld (0:2). In a foreign country, Union Berlin was last at a disadvantage at the beginning of December (1: 2).
However, as only the second best home team behind Dortmund, the club world champions have already suffered two bankruptcies in the Allianz Arena – the most recent at the start of the second half of the season almost a month ago against Borussia Mönchengladbach (1: 2). So the last three at home goes back to the end of the first half of the season just before Christmas. They won 4-0 against VfL Wolfsburg. Julian Nagelsmann’s men recently played away from home twice and won in Cologne (4-0) and at Hertha (4-1).
After the two-week break in the Bundesliga, the frontrunner has to deal with sixth in the table. There are a whopping 18 points between the two teams. While the title defense is all that counts for the autumn champions, the lawn ballers are fighting for a place in international business. Ideally, it should be the Champions League again. Until then, three points were missing before this matchday. Are they in today of all days? After all, the Saxons are considered to be rather weak away from home, have only won one win and scored a total of seven points and scored a manageable seven goals away from home. But a game against the record champions is always an enormous challenge. Munich are the measure of all things – with 16 wins this season, 65 goals scored and only 19 goals conceded.
Domenico Tedesco makes three changes to the guests compared to the last competitive game. Instead of Mohamed Simakan (knee injury), Benjamin Henrichs and Hugo Novoa (both on the bench), Lukas Klostermann, Nordi Mukiele and Dani Olmo will be in the Leipzig starting line-up. Tyler Adams (thigh strain) and Marcel Halstenberg (rehabilitation training) are not options today.
Both sides have seen limited activity during the most recent transfer window. No signings were made at all. There are only a few disposals, some of which are lending transactions. In any case, we are dealing with well-known personnel today. On the home side, this even led to Julian Nagelsmann sending the unchanged starting XI from the last Bundesliga game in Berlin onto the pitch. The bench is also presented with an identical line-up. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bouna Sarr (both Africa Cup of Nations), Alphonso Davies (inflammation of the heart muscle) and Leon Goretzka (patella tendon problems) are currently not available for the record champions.
Welcome to the Saturday night game in the Bundesliga! As part of the 21st match day, FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig meet at 6:30 p.m.