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