The hosts, who have tasted victory eight times this season, will be hoping to put on a great show against the defending champions. They will be hoping to start 2023 on the right foot. But the absence of their star man, Christopher Nkunku, could prove to be huge.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich, who are on top of the table with 34 points from 15 matches, will be looking to win their first away game of the year. The players will be rested after the international break and will be raring to go.
Now we look at the stats that could predict the match’s outcome.
Season so far
The visual above shows the percentile rank of both RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich compared to other teams in the Bundesliga. Bayern have better stats in almost all the areas, while Leipzig is not far behind. Bayern are ranked in the top 94.7 percentile for goals per game, while Leipzig is ranked in the top 84.2 percentile. The visitors are also ranked very high for high press success, while Leipzig is close behind them.
Bayern’s attacking threat
The two visuals above show the efficiency of both positional and counterattacking plays by different teams in the Bundesliga. In both lists, Bayern are ranked first and poses a big threat. Leipzig will have to be cautious not to concede a goal. Bayern launches an average of 36.67 positional attacks per game, with around 36% of them leading to shots. Meanwhile, Leipzig launches an average of 29.87 positional attacks per game, with 24.3% of them leading to shots. As for counterattacks, Bayern launches around 2.67 counterattacks per game, with 44.9% of them leading to shots. The hosts, on the other hand, launch around 2.07 counterattacks per game, with 48.3% of them leading to shots.
High pressing and recoveries
The visual above shows the recoveries made in the attacking half by different teams in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich are ranked very high for high pressing success and therefore recovers a lot of possession in the attacking half. The defending champions make around 90 recoveries per game, while the hosts recover the ball around 86 times per game.
Timo Werner will have a big role to play for Leipzig in the absence of their top scorer, Christopher Nkunku. Werner, who made a return to Leipzig from Chelsea, has scored four goals this season in the Bundesliga. He will have to find the back of the net for the hosts and will be a player to watch out for.
Bayern will be hoping that their teenage sensation Jamal Musiala will turn up the heat once again as they take on Leipzig. The youngster is undoubtedly one of their best players and is unstoppable on his day. He will be a key player for the visitors.
Looking at the 1×2 market, the odds for Leipzig are placed at 3.90, while the odds for the visitors are placed at 1.84. Meanwhile, the over/under lines market is expected to be over 3.5 given the scoring threat both teams pose.
RB Leipzig will miss their main man, Christopher Nkunku, as he has not fully recovered from the injury. Werner, who also picked up an injury, is doubtful for them.
For Bayern, Sven Ulreich is likely to guard the post in Manuel Neuer’s stead, and new signing Daley Blind might get a chance to make his debut as a replacement for Lucas Hernandez. Sadio Mane is also likely to miss out with the injury he picked up.
Bayern goes into the match as favourites, as Leipzig have some players sidelined due to injuries. But Marco Rose’s team has shown that they are capable of winning big matches and will be looking to secure the three points at home.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine