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📝 Bundesliga Title Race: Dortmund v RB Leipzig Preview & Lineups

Tue 17 December 2019 | 10:22

Borussia Dortmund lock horns with RB Leipzig Borussia hoping to end Bayern Munich's seven-year dominance at the top of the table while only four points separate these two clubs in the Bundesliga standings.

Competition:

Bundesliga

, Germany

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019

Time: 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET

Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)

Borussia Dortmund

form: 15 matches – 8 wins – 5 draws – 2 losses – 29 points.

RB Leipzig

form: 15 matches – 10 wins – 3 draws – 2 losses – 31 points.

Dortmund

are unbeaten in their last four outings in Germany's top flight

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including their last match when they crushed

Mainz 4-0

, while

Leipzig

stormed to the top having recorded six victories in a row.

Having put together a four-match winning run in all competitions, helping

Dortmund

up the league table and into the last 16 of the

Champions League

, Favre feels that his side are set to have a strong second half to the campaign.

On the other hand,

Leipzig

are enjoying an impressive campaign to date this season.

Die Roten Bullen

are presently top of the table, two points clear of Monchengladbach, who are playing against Wolfsburg. Regardless of the result obtained at Wolfsburg,

Leipzig

have emerged as a genuine title contender this season.

Julian Nagelsmann’s squad head into this conceivably vital clash on the back of six straight league wins. A 3-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out implies that Leipzig have scored at least three goals in their last six

Bundesliga

outings.

Head-to-head result:

·        

Dortmund

have recorded three of the last five wins in their clashes.

·        

Two of

Borussia

’s last three wins were registered as the host.

·        

Their previous encounter in January 2019 awarded a 0-1 away win for

BVB

.

·        

Both teams have scored goals in three of the last four fixtures.

Key Statistics:

·        

Leipzig

are without a win in their last three

Bundesliga

matches against

Dortmund

(D1, L2) – they are only on a similar wait for a win against Bayern.

·        

Leipzig

have never gone more than three games without a victory against any top-flight side.

·        

Dortmund

were unbeaten against

RB Leipzig

in the

Bundesliga

last season; scoring more goals in those two matches (5) than in their previous four against RBL combined (4).

·        

Dortmund

manager, Lucien Favre, has confronted

Leipzig

’s Julian Nagelsmann (at Hoffenheim) just twice in the

Bundesliga

, drawing both times (3-3 H, 1-1 A in 2018/19).

BVB

threw away a 3-0 lead in

Dortmund

.

·        

Borussia Dortmund

have won each of their previous three

Bundesliga

games. They last enjoyed a longer run of wins in a

Bundesliga

season in November/December 2018 (6).

·        

Dortmund

are the only

Bundesliga

team still unbeaten at home this season. Spanning multiple seasons,

BVB

have lost just one of their last 24

Bundesliga

games at Signal-Iduna Park (W19, D4): a 4-2 defeat against Schalke in April 2019.

·        

Dortmund

have won all of their last 32

Bundesliga

home games (92 goals) – an ongoing club record and the longest current streak of this kind in the

Bundesliga

.

·        

Leipzig

have won each of their previous six

Bundesliga

games. They have only enjoyed more consecutive top-flight victories in the

Bundesliga

in September-December 2016 (8).

·        

Leipzig

have scored at least three goals in all of their last six

Bundesliga

games – only Bayern (2005; 8 games) and Köln (1964; 7 games) have had longer streaks of this kind in the history of the Bundesliga.

·        

Leipzig

’s Timo Werner has not scored in any of his nine

Bundesliga

matches against

Dortmund

. He has not faced any other top-flight side as often without finding the back of the net.

·        

Werner is the first German player to have scored 16 goals after 15

Bundesliga

matches since Dieter Müller in 1977/78 (with 17 goals).

Considering

Dortmund

’s 4-0 win at Mainz on Saturday afternoon, it would be a surprise if Favre makes any changes to his starting lineup.

Should Favre opt to improve the link between his midfielders and forwards, Mahmoud Dahoud is an option in the center of the pitch instead of Julian Brandt, but Mario Gotze and Paco Alcacer will likely remain among the substitutions.

Likewise, Nagelsmann is expected to keep changes to a minimum as

Leipzig

hope to record their seventh successive win in the

Bundesliga

.

Nordi Mukiele may get the nod over Lukas Klostermann, who was withdrawn midway through the second half of the 3-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu will be put on the bench, as will former Everton winger Ademola Lookman.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Borussia Dortmund XI:

Burki; Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou; Hakimi, Weigl, Brandt, Schulz; Hazard, Reus, Sancho

RB Leipzig XI:

Gulacsi; Klostermann, Ilsanker, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Sabitzer, Laimer, Demme, Nkunku; Schick, Werner


source: SportMob