Big Game Focus: Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig


Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig visit third-placed side Borussia Dortmund in a mouth-watering encounter tonight. The hosts are looking to cut Leipzig’s lead at the top to a point. Will Leipzig make it seven wins in a row? Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the Bundesliga here. 

Borussia Dortmund are hitting top form at the right moment. They’ve won their last four matches and are have lost just once in 12 Bundesliga games, a run of form that has seen them climb to third in the table. Four wins on the spin have also eased pressure on Lucien Favre who came under fire following the embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich in early November.

After a run that saw them fail to win in four games between September and November, Leipzig won nine of their 12 games in all competitions that followed, including six successive wins in Bundesliga. Many have tipped Julian Nagelsmann’s side to break Bayern Munich’s hegemony in the Bundesliga.

Betting preview

With 42 goals from 15 games, Leipzig are currently the Bundesliga’s highest-scoring team, while, Dortmund have the third-best attack in the league with 37 goals in their 15 games this season. Eleven of Dortmund’s last 15 games have seen four or more goals scored. Meanwhile, five of Leipzig’s last six games have also seen Over 3.5 Goals scored. You can back Over 3.5 Goals at odds of 2.00. 

Leipzig striker Timo Werner has scored 22 goals in 27 appearances this season. He has 16 in the Bundesliga just two behind top scorer Robert Lewandowski. The 23-year-old has also scored in six straight Bundesliga games. You can back Timo Werner as Anytime Goalscorer at odds of 2.10. 

Given how both of these teams are potent going forward, it will be hard for them to stop the other from scoring. The hosts have kept two clean sheets in their last five league games while the visitors have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games as well. Therefore, you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.40. 

Team news

Thomas Delaney, Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer are out with injury.

For the visitors, Kevin Kampl, Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban will be unavailable due to injury.

Possible line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou, Weigl, Brandt, Guerreiro, Hazard, Reus, Sancho

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Ilsanker, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Laimer, Demme, Sabitzer, Forsberg, Nkunku, Werner