Last weekend saw one of the biggest games in the Bundesliga calendar when Bayern Munich hosted Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena. And it was one of the best games of the season so far, with the hosts running out 4-2 winners after a pulsating ninety minutes.
Bayern went into the game looking for a win to consolidate their position at the top of the table, while the visitors knew that anything less than victory would seriously dent their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
And Dortmund made an explosive start, Erling Braut Håland netting twice in the opening ten minutes to put Die Schwarzgelben 2-0 up. But Bayern hauled themselves back into the game, and by half-time it was 2-2 thanks to the peerless Robert Lewandowski. It looked like that was how the game was going to finish, but Bayern scored twice in the final two minutes including another from Lewandowksi – who completed his hat-trick to make it 31 goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances for him – which was enough to give the hosts the points.
It was a much-needed win for Bayern Munich. Prior to Leon Goretzka putting them back in front, Bayern were only top on goal difference, with RB Leipzig just behind them. The Bundesliga title race is as tight as it’s ever been, and so with just three points between them, many are asking if RB Leipzig can catch Bayern Munich; tipsters at uk casinos think they can.
Obviously history is on Bayern’s side. They are the most decorated club in the history of German football, and have dominated for decades. At the start of each Bundesliga season, when people think about possible champions, most think Bayern Munich. RB Leipzig on the other hand have little to point at in the way of history due to their controversial formation, and are yet to win a major honour. But despite their respective histories, it is counting for little right now, with the two clubs neck-and-neck in the title race.
With just ten games left, you would say that Bayern have the slight advantage with being top of the table, and with Robert Lewandowski providing an endless supply of goals. But RB Leipzig will be bullish about their chances of overhauling them, and are on a run of seven straight league wins.
A lot will depend on the outcome of the meeting between the two sides on 3rd April, when RB Leipzig host their more illustrious rivals. The first meeting between them back in December finished in a 3-3 draw; a repeat would probably suit Bayern more than Leipzig.
But there is still a lot of football to play, and much to play for. And while history might not be on their side, RB Leipzig will feel that they have a big chance of securing their first Bundesliga title.