Former RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann takes his Bayern Munich side to the Red Bull Arena, where two teams battling for the Bundesliga title will lock horns on Saturday evening.
Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have ended as a draw, though Bayern were victorious when they last visited Die Roten Bullen, securing a narrow 1-0 win in April.
Before the international break, Leipzig suffered their second defeat in three Bundesliga matches when they were beaten 1-0 away at Wolfsburg.
Die Roten Bullen have now extended their losing league run on the road to five matches, including results from last season.
Three points accumulated after three games – including a 4-0 win over Stuttgart last month – means this is the worst start to a season in RB Leipzig’s top-flight history.
Jesse Marsch’s task to turn their fortunes around will prove to be a challenge in their next two fixtures, firstly against German giants Bayern Munich, before travelling to England to face Manchester City in their opening Champions League group stage match.
Away form in the Bundesliga has been a problem in recent months, though they have fared better at the Red Bull Arena, losing just one of their last 10 top-flight matches.
Leipzig have failed to win each of their last seven meetings against Bayern, but a victory for Marsch’s men on Saturday could be the springboard they need to put a positive run of form together.
Despite playing out a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on the opening day of the new season, Bayern Munich have looked strong so far this campaign, scoring 24 goals in their first five matches across all competitions.
Five of those goals hit the back of the net against Hertha Berlin in their most recent Bundesliga match, as they cruised to a 5-0 victory at the Allianz Arena, thanks to a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick as well as strikes from Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala.
Bayern head into this weekend’s fixture in good form, though they have had a slight blip on the road in recent league matches, failing to win each of their last three. The last time they went four Bundesliga away games without a win was back in the 2011-12 season.
FCB – who have won the Bundesliga title in each of the last nine seasons – are keen to maintain their dominance at the summit of German football, with victories over their nearest challengers such as Leipzig needed to ensure they remain there.
Bayern will be confident of securing a positive result on Saturday, as they have claimed six wins and five draws in their 12 competitive meetings against Leipzig, with their only defeat suffered away from home in March 2018.
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We say: RB Leipzig 1-3 Bayern Munich
As strong as Bayern have been going forward, they have looked vulnerable at times defensively and so Leipzig with be hoping to take advantage of these issues on Saturday.
However, the firepower the visitors possess should help them secure all three points at the Red Bull Arena.