After facing off in the DFL-Supercup last month, RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich will face off again in Saturday's league meeting.
Leipzig have put together a remarkable run of form since losing 3-2 to Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day of the season. Die Roten Bullen have bounced back from that result to record six consecutive victories across all competitions. After cruising to victories over Stuttgart, Union Berlin and Augsburg, Marco Rose’s side transferred their impressive form onto the European stage, as they kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 win over Hacken.
They then edged out Gladbach by a 1-0 scoreline, before they beat second-tier Wehen Wiesbaden 3-2 in midweek to book their place in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. Leipzig will now turn their attention back to league matters, and they will enter Saturday’s contest in fifth position after taking 12 points from their five games.
While a home meeting with the champion represents a tough test, Leipzig have avoided defeat in their last three competitive head-to-head matches against Bayern. After taking four points from their two games with the Bavarians last term, Leipzig thrashed Thomas Tuchel’s side 3-0 in August to win the DFL-Supercup.
Willi Orban, El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Dani Olmo are all sidelined with knee injuries, while a back problem will prevent Timo Werner from featuring.
Since losing to Leipzig in the Supercup, Bayern have embarked on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. The Bavarians got their Bundesliga campaign up and running with three consecutive victories, but their winning run was brought to an end by a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern returned to winning ways in their Champions League opener against Manchester United, before they thrashed Bochum 7-0 last weekend. Like Saturday’s hosts, Bayern were also in cup action in midweek, and it proved to be a comfortable evening, as they cruised past third-tier SC Preußen Münster by a 4-0 scoreline.
After progressing into the second round, the Bavarians will now look to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga after being overtaken by Borussia Dortmund following their 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday.
Although they have lost their last two competitive meetings with Leipzig, Bayern have managed to avoid defeat in their previous five away games (W2, D3) against die Roten Bullen in the Bundesliga.
Manuel Neuer, Tarek Buchmann and Serge Gnabry are ruled out for the visitors, while defender Matthijs de Ligt is a doubt due to a knee problem.