Dortmund journey to the Crimson Bull Area to face RB Leipzig on Saturday night because the Bundesliga returns from its winter break.
The Black and Yellows head into 2019 prime of the Bundesliga after profitable 13 of their opening 17 video games with just one loss to their identify. Dortmund have capitalised on title rivals Bayern Munich’s shakey begin to the season, and maintain a six-point lead over Die Roten.
Leipzig will welcome one other residence league fixture going by their current away kind, as they’ve failed to choose up factors of their previous three video games on the street however are unbeaten at residence this season.
The primary assembly of the aspect this marketing campaign got here on the opening day of the season. Dortmund strolled to a 4-1 victory over Leipzig regardless of Jean-Okayévin Augustin’s early opener for the guests.
Right here is 90min’s preview of Saturday’s conflict.
The place to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 19 January |
|What Time Is Kick Off?||17:30 (BST)|
|The place Is it Performed?||Crimson Bull Area|
|TV Channel/Dwell Stream||BT Sport ESPN|
Central defender Manuel Akanji is ready to overlook out for BVB by means of damage with Dan-Axel Zagadou his probably substitute. Paco Alcacer can also be a doubt following a torn muscle picked up throughout Dortmund’s ultimate recreation earlier than the winter break. With out the league’s joint prime objective scorer, Dortmund’s putting choices can be restricted this weekend.
Leipzig can be with out Amadou Haidara and Bruma who’re at present on the damage record while Swede Emil Forsberg is not anticipated to return till the top of the month and is uncertain for Saturday’s recreation. Stefan Ilsanker will proceed his suspension following the crimson card he picked up towards Bayern Munich again in December.
|RB Leipzig||Gulacsi; Klostermann, Konate, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Demme, Kampl; Sabitzer, Poulsen, Werner.|
|Dortmund||Bürki; Piszczek, Zagadou, Diallo, Hakimi; Witsel, Delaney;Sancho, Reus (c), Bruun Larsen;Götze|
Head to Head Report
Dortmund vs Leipzig has been an exciting match-up to look at in current historical past. Throughout their 5 Bundesliga encounters either side has claimed two wins over one another, with one recreation ending in a draw.
Whereas Dortmund have already gained three factors from Leipzig this 12 months, they solely managed a draw the final time they visited Crimson Bull Area in March final 12 months.
Dortmund have been the shape staff of the Bundesliga for the primary half of the season. Regardless of dropping to Düsseldorf on their final away journey they’ve gained seven of their previous eight Bundesliga video games, scoring 15 targets within the course of. Whereas Leipzig’s residence kind has been implausible, their away kind has dipped considerably.
Right here is how every staff has carried out of their previous 5 fixtures.
|RB Leipzig 2-1 Werder Bremen (22/12)||Dortmund 2-1 Borussia Mӧnchengladbach (21/12)|
|Bayern Munich 1-Zero RB Leipzig (19/12)||Düsseldorf 2-1 Dortmund (18/12)|
|RB Leipzig 4-1 Mainz (16/12)||Dortmund 2-1 Werder Bremen (15/12)|
|RB Leipzig 1-1 Rosenborg (13/12)||Monaco 0-2 Dortmund (11/12)|
|Freiburg 3-Zero RB Leipzig (8/12)||Schalke 04 1-2 Dortmund (8/12)|
Current video games would point out we’re in for one more thrilling encounter. Leipzig have conceded the least quantity of targets within the Bundesliga this season whereas Dortmund have scored probably the most. Dortmund are heading in the right direction to regain their first Bundesliga title in seven years and profitable all these video games can be pivotal in attaining that objective.
Lucien Favre has constructed himself a profitable staff and never many are able to stopping Dortmund this season.
Prediction: Leipzig 1-Three Dortmund