RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Sunday, 1 March 2020
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
Red Bull Arena will be a hotspot for biggest game of the round when reawakened Die Roten Bullen lock horns against in-form Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday lunchtime.
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Match Preview
Following a dominant first half display that was just lacking that cutting edge, all hell broke loose after the restart as the Red Bulls stomped to an emphatic 5-0 win over Schalke 04 led by assist king Christopher Nkunku, who grabbed four of them that night, one of which found Timo Werner, back on a scoresheet first time in over a month.
That was a welcome return to form and second league win in a row for Julian Nagelsmann and his men, who’re still lagging behind the Bavarian juggernaut, with one point remaining the difference between the two Meisterschale hopefuls.
Six league triumphs and two draws, that’s Leipzig’s record at Red Bull Arena since September 28th and tragic loss to Schalke 04 at this same place in a match that was Murphy’s Law personified; Nagelsmann’s team is always in control, conquering opponent after opponent, leaking a odd goal here and there but always sending them packing with (at least) two goal difference.
Bayer Leverkusen’s impressive run goes on as Die Werkself downed underperforming Porto 3-1, advancing to the Europa League last sixteen with all the usual suspects (Lucas Alario, Kerem Demirbay and Kai Havertz) getting on the scoresheets once again last Thursday night.
Peter Bosz’s uber talented kindergarten is still lurking near the top four, always being around it but never quite breaking through; currently at fifth, the Werkself are tied on points with Borussia Monchengladbach, who’s got a game in hand over them.
Their last game on the side against Union Berlin perfectly describes their approach to various excursions across the country; most often than not they’ll return triumphantly but even then they’ll annoy the living hell out of their fans with their lack of fortitude and concentration lapses which end up being their undoing.
Emergency room in Leipzig is slowly getting crowded with Yussuf Poulsen and Ethan Ampadu being just the latest addition on their injury list which already contains Tyler Adams, Kevin Kampl, Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konaté.
Kevin Volland, Niklas Lomb and Lars Bender are the only ones MIA from Bosz’s squad for incoming clash against formidable opponent.
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (7 games): RB Leipzig 4 wins, 2 draws, Bayer Leverkusen 1 win.
- RB Leipzig have 2-0-1 record at home versus the Werkself.
- Spoils were shared equally as last meeting of the two ended in 1-1 draw
- The Red Bulls are on a three-game unbeaten streak v Leverkusen.
- Bayer couldn’t keep the ball out of their net any of the times they’ve played Die Roten Bullen.
- Both teams have scored in four of last five h2h meetings.
- Four of last five encounters of the two ended with more than 2.5 goals.
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
As the games keep piling up, when these derby matches come, I’m more willing to side with a team that had their fair share of rest; in this case that’s RBL. They’re coming into this with fresher legs, high in spirits following utter destruction of Gelsenkirchen and good record against Bayer so there’s no reason for that to change.
Also, this will be an explosive, high-octane affair, with both managers favoring an attacking approach and players capable of making it a spectacle.
The Red Bulls are averaging nearly four goals per match in front of their own crowd and when faced against such potent opponent, there’s no way this confrontation ends up being a dud.
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting tips
RB Leipzig to Win @ 1.53
Over 3.5 goals @ 2.12.