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Bundesliga | Gameweek 23
Feb 24, 2024 at 5.30pm UK
Allianz Arena
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2 - 1
RB Leipzig

Kane (56', 90+1')
Pavlovic (37'), de Ligt (59'), Musiala (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Sesko (70')
Orban (41'), Schlager (67'), Simakan (78')

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich welcome top-four hopefuls RB Leipzig to the Allianz Arena on Saturday for their first match since confirming that Thomas Tuchel will vacate his post as head coach in the summer.

The two teams meet for the first time since September last year when goals from Leroy Sane and Harry Kane helped the Bavarian giants come from two goals down at half time to rescue a 2-2 draw at the Red Bull Arena.

Match preview

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel reacts on February 14, 2024© Reuters

February has been a month to forget for Bayern Munich, who have suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions to put them on the brink of experiencing their first trophyless season for 12 years.

The Bavarians were beaten 3-0 by Leipzig in the DFL Supercup and suffered a shock defeat to third-tier outfit Saarbrucken in the DFB-Pokal earlier this season, and they now find themselves a goal behind in their Champions League last-16 tie with Lazio as well as sitting eight points adrift of unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen with 12 games remaining.

Bayern's latest setback came at the hands of VfL Bochum who surprisingly put them to the sword 3-2 at Vonovia Ruhrstadion last weekend, a result which ultimately led to the club announcing that Tuchel has mutually agreed to depart at the end of the season following a "good, open discussion" with the club's hierarchy.

Tuchel has insisted that he and his coaching staff remain determined to "achieve maximum success" before they bid farewell to the Allianz Arena; their immediate task is to galvanise the first-team squad and quickly turn the club's fortunes around if they are to have any chance of lifting silverware this term.

Success on Saturday is not a given for Bayern, though, considering that they have failed to win any of their last four meetings with Leipzig – not since 1991 under former boss Soren Lerby have Bayern suffered four straight defeats in all tournaments.

RB Leipzig coach Marco Rose reacts on January 20, 2024© Reuters

After losing three Bundesliga games in a row to kick-start 2024 in disappointing fashion, Leipzig have since turned a corner and have put themselves back in contention for Champions League qualification after collecting seven points from a possible nine available this month.

Die Roten Bullen followed up a 2-0 win over Union Berlin and a 2-2 draw at Augsburg with a 2-0 victory at home against a struggling Borussia Monchengladbach outfit last weekend, courtesy of strikes either side of half time from Xavi Simons and top scorer Lois Openda, who has 16 goals to his name this term.

Marco Rose's men, who bounced back from a 1-0 first-leg loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 earlier in the week, remain fifth in the Bundesliga table but have moved to within one point of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund following their draw with Wolfsburg.

A favourable-looking run of fixtures is on the horizon for Leipzig, including three games in a row against the bottom three, but they must first shift their focus to Saturday's clash with Bayern as they endeavour to capitalise on the Bavarians' recent misfortunes and put an end to their own poor run of form on the road.

Indeed, Leipzig have only won one of their last six Bundesliga away games, conceding 14 goals in the process, but Die Roten Bullen will reminisce about their memorable 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena last season, a result that they will be keen to replicate on Saturday.

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form:

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Team News

Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on February 18, 2024© Reuters

Bayern Munich have a selection dilemma at right-back as both Sacha Boey and Noussair Mazraoui are nursing hamstring injuries; Joshua Kimmich could be tasked with filling in on the right side of defence, while Eric Dier and Raphael Guerreiro may also be considered.

The Bavarians will also have to cope without Kingsley Coman (knee), Serge Gnabry (thigh), Konrad Laimer (calf), Tarek Buchmann (thigh), Bouna Sarr (knee) and Noel Aseko (ankle) due to injury, while Dayot Upamecano is suspended following his red card against Bochum last weekend.

Alphonso Davies has missed the last three games with a knee problem and remains a doubt for Saturday, so Guerriero could continue at left-back, while Sane will be hoping to force his way back into the first XI at the expense of Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting.

As for Leipzig, Lukas Klostermann is ruled out with a thigh injury sustained in the first half of last weekend's win over Monchengladbach, while Amadou Haidara is set to have a knee issue assessed ahead of kickoff.

The absence of Klostermann will likely see Mohamed Simakan deputise at centre-back alongside Willi Orban, while Nicolas Seiwald or Kevin Kampl could start in centre-midfield with Xaver Schlager if Haidara is not deemed fit to feature.

Benjamin Sesko began on the bench last time out after an extended run of games in the first XI, and the striker will be pushing to return to the starting lineup this weekend at the expense of Yussuf Poulsen.

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, De Ligt, Kim, Guerreiro; Pavlovic, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Kane

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Henrichs, Simakan, Orban, Raum; Simons, Schlager, Kampl, Olmo; Sesko, Openda

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We say: Bayern Munich 2-2 RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the Bundesliga if they are to keep their slim hopes of retaining the title alive, but that is easier said than done against a Leipzig outfit who have fared well against the Bavarians in recent meetings.

Indeed, Die Roten Bullen are no pushovers for Bayern, and taking into account the contrasting moods within the two camps, we believe that the visitors will find a way to frustrate the hosts and claim a share of the spoils in an entertaining score draw.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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CBayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen34286089246590
3Bayern MunichBayern34233894454972
4RB Leipzig34198777393865
5Borussia DortmundDortmund34189768432563
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt34111495150147
9Werder Bremen34119144854-642
13Mainz 05Mainz34714133951-1235
14Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach34713145667-1134
15Union BerlinUnion Berlin3496193358-2533
16VfL BochumVfL Bochum34712154274-3233
RFC Koln34512172860-3227
RSV Darmstadt 98Darmstadt3438233086-5617

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