Borussia Dortmund will host RB Leipzig for an intense clash at the Signal Iduna Park on matchday 23 of the Bundesliga 2022/23. Both teams are at the top end of the Bundesliga standings, Dortmund and Bayern are currently tied on points with 46 each. The hosts are currently placed second, whereas the visitors occupy the fourth spot with 42 points. RB Leipzig will be motivated to give a strong performance away from home and will hope to close the gap between the leaders. Borussia Dortmund are a force to be reckoned with and will be aware of the stakes. Below, we look at the stats of both teams from the current season to comprehend how this matchup could play out.
The visual above shows the percentile rank of both teams compared to other teams in the Bundesliga this season. Both teams are tied for shots per 90 minutes and opposition penalty area entries per 90 minutes. RB Leipzig have the upper hand in terms of goals and expected goals per 90 and are also highly ranked in terms of high-pressure success. Dortmund, on the other hand, have done well in the league in terms of putting in crosses. Both teams are ranked similarly in terms of pass accuracy.
Borussia Dortmund have scored 45 goals, averaging 1.87 xG per match. Their defence has let in 27 goals, conceding 1.23 goals per 90 minutes. Additionally, the team averages 57.62% possession per match.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig have also netted 45 goals, averaging 1.89 xG per match. Their defence has let in 27 goals, conceding 1.23 on average. In terms of ball possession rate, they average 56.43% ball possession per match.
The two visuals above compare the two teams based on positional play and counter-attacks. Both teams are far apart in terms of the efficiency of their attacking moves. The hosts hold the advantage for positional attacks, and Leipzig have the upper hand for counterattacks. Borussia Dortmund creates 30.68 positional attacks and 2.5 counterattacks per match on average. Meanwhile, Leipzig creates 28.62 positional attacks per match along with 2.27 counterattacks. Dortmund take 14.14 shots per match with an accuracy rate of 42.8%. The visitors take 12.45 shots per match and have an accuracy rate of 45.3%. Both teams are quite efficient with the attacks they create, but Borussia Dortmund have the upper hand.
The above visual represents the ranking of teams in the Bundesliga based on their percentage of defensive duel wins. It can be seen that RB Leipzig are ranked fifth in the league for successful defensive duels. They have a 54% win rate in defensive duels, and Dortmund, on the other hand, have a 53% success rate. On average, Leipzig players attempt 65.24 defensive duels and make 42.43 interceptions per 90 versus 59.64 defensive duels and 44.77 interceptions per 90 by the Dortmund players.
Brandt is a crucial part of his side’s attack. In the 2022–23 German top flight, Brandt played 22 matches. He has 15 shots on target from a total of 25 and has scored eight goals (2.75 xG). Most of his goals have come from inside and around the six-yard box, along with a few outstanding shots on goal from outside the box. He also has four assists this season.
Christopher Nkunku is a winger for German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. In the German Bundesliga season 2022/23, Christopher Nkunku has played 14 matches (plus three as a sub). He has 19 shots on target from a total of 42 shots and has scored 12 goals (6.25 xG). He also has one assist this season.
Dortmund will be without Karem Adeyemi, Julien Duranville, Youssoufa Moukoko, Abdoulaye Kamara, and Mateu Morey. RB Leipzig are likely to miss out on Abdou Diallo, Peter Gulasci, and Dani Olmo due to injuries, while Konrad Laimer will be out due to suspension.
Overall, it is a huge clash for the hosts as they look to grab the first Bundesliga title in a long time. RB Leipzig will look to push to get within range of their opponents as well as cement themselves in the top four this season.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine