Preview: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

Preview: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

The Bundesliga’s highlight match of the weekend sees the title-challenging duo of RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund do battle at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back after midweek disappointments in the Champions League, with the hosts in particular looking to put together a consistent run of form during a poor start to the campaign.

A spirited performance against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday was not enough for Leipzig to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages.

Dominik Szoboszlai equalised from the penalty spot in stoppage time to provide Die Roten Bullen with their first point of the European campaign, with the scoreline finishing 2-2.

Christopher Nkunku continued his fine start to the season by netting his 10th goal after just eight minutes, with Andre Silva then missing a penalty just a few minutes later, before their French visitors turned the game on its head before half time.

Jesse Marsch’s side were perhaps unfortunate not to win the game in the end, although their shaky defence was regularly threatened by PSG counter attacks.

The American boss has endured an inconsistent start to his time in charge, with Leipzig struggling down in eighth place in the Bundesliga after the opening 10 fixtures.

However, it is the poor away record that overshadows a near-perfect home run during the early stages of this 2021-22 season, with four wins and just the one defeat being recorded at the Red Bull Arena so far.

Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, VfL Bochum and Greuther Furth have all been comprehensively beaten on home soil, although the only real test was provided by Bayern Munich, which Leipzig failed woefully by falling 4-1 to the league leaders.

Meanwhile, visitors Dortmund endured a disappointing Wednesday night themselves in the Champions League, after losing 3-1 at home to Ajax.

Mats Hummels was shown a straight red card inside the opening half-an-hour, which left the Black and Yellows with a mountain to climb in their vital European tie.

Marco Reus surprisingly gave BVB the lead just minutes later, however, in what was a spirited performance for large periods by Marco Rose’s men.

Although, once Dusan Tadic equalised 18 minutes from time to break down the stubborn Dortmund backline, heads dropped and they were well beaten in the end to leave their chances of reaching the knockout stages in the balance.

Attentions return to league action on Saturday though, where Dortmund have put together four successive victories, despite the absence of talisman Erling Braut Haaland for three of these wins.

Dortmund have struggled without the Norwegian striker in the past, but have managed to grind out results in recent weeks that has seen them maintain second place in the table, where they sit just one point behind leaders Bayern.

Thorgan Hazard has helped to fill the void left by Haaland recently, and his goal last weekend helped Dortmund to a 2-0 win on home soil against FC Koln, although the scoreline flattered the hosts in a far-from-convincing display.

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We say: RB Leipzig 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Although Leipzig have been inconsistent so far this season, as well as struggling against their opponents in recent meetings, we can see them coming out victorious against Dortmund on Saturday.

Their home form has been largely strong so far this campaign, and with Haaland featuring on a lengthy injury list for the visitors, we are predicting a narrow victory for the hosts in an entertaining encounter.

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