Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig – Allianz Arena at 17:30 Live at BT Sport
“We saw the Dortmund result before the game and we knew we had a chance to get to them in the table” – those were the words of Corentin Tolisso who scored the only goal of the game as Bayern Munich won 1-0 away at 10-man Hamburg last weekend to move level on points with the league leaders Dortmund.
The Bavarians monopolized possession and carved out several clear-cut chances but failed to add to their tally. Nevertheless, interim head coach Jupp Heynckes was pleased with the performance with his return to Munich galvanizing the group following a slow and inconsistent start under Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern has now won his first two games in charge by an aggregate 6-0 with FC Hollywood also delivering top honors in 18 of his past 19 matches in the managerial hot-seat. As Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, the 72-year-old has a knack for finding “the hair in the soup”.
Bayern too short to support?
It wasn’t all smiles, mind. The local press put the boot into Bayern’s display and an injury sustained by Thomas Müller will keep the forward out for three weeks. Mats Hummels was reported to have picked up a knock and Saturday evening’s hosts already have Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer sidelined.
Regardless of injuries, Leipzig’s visit to the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening will provide for many the benchmark to measure the progress of this Bayern side. The Bavarians are yet to welcome a side higher than ninth in the standings and haven’t been the most consistent when hosting the league’s elite.
Last season Bayern did W3-D2-L0 against top-five teams but their W15-D5-L5 record against top-six clubs over the past five campaigns in Munich gives FC Hollywood only a 60% win-rate with only 10 (40%) triumphs achieved by a margin of two goals or more.
Value in supporting Leipzig on the handicap
This is Bayern’s biggest test to date and whilst RB Leipzig flopped in this fixture last season (0-3), the Bulls are in decent nick having followed up a superb 3-2 success at Dortmund with a professional 1-0 victory over a stubborn Stuttgart side.
It’s now four successive wins for the visitors who’ve suffered only three defeats since arriving in Germany’s top-flight by a margin of two goals or more. I fancy them to keep this contest tight and supporting the guests with a +1.5 start on the Asian Handicap line appeals at 2.052.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: RB Leipzig +1.5 at 2.052
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