Where: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, GermnayWhen: Saturday, December 9, 6:30 pm CET
Borussia and RB didn’t start the season as planned, and for the moment, they are outside the title race. The winner here would keep certain chances for the trophy, but on the other side, the loser would be removed from any talks. There is a considerable gap between the Millionaires, the Bulls, and the leaders in the standings, so three points here are an absolute must for both crews.
Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig Preview
The Millionaires have been in a solid form in recent times. That’s at least when we look at the numbers. Six wins in ten contests, with two ties and losses, isn’t bad.
Though, a 0-4 defeat to Bayern at home is something that greatly disturbed the fans, and even the success in the UEFA Champions League couldn’t erase that humiliation. Many are frustrated due to constant failures against Bayern, who delivered a few high triumphs over Borussia in recent years.
Other than that, the results were good, particularly at home. For instance, the loss to Bayern was the only one in the last six appearances at Signal Iduna in all the competitions. The other five games concluded with the Millionaires winning.
One of the trademarks of the Eastern German team is its inconsistency. The Bulls don’t know to be in the grey zone but are rather withe or black. In the past ten meetings, we’ve seen them win six times and experience four defeats.
All four losses were on the road, and RB struggles a lot when playing away from Leipzig. The last victory on the road was in Belgrade against Red Star in the UEFA Champions League, 1-2, and even then, they weren’t dominant despite playing against one of the worst teams in the competition.
To see the magnitude of their struggles, we will only say that RB lost in four of the previous five road trips, allowing nine goals while scoring five.
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Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig Possible Lineups
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel; Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaini; Can, Sabitzer; Reus, Brandt, Bynoe-Gittens; Fullkrug
RB Leipzig: Blaswich; Henrichs, Simakan, Lukeba, Raum; Baumgartner, Schlager, Kampl, Forsberg; Openda, Sesko
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig Head to Head Games
Borussia and RB met three times last year, and the Bulls had more success. The record was neutral in the Bundesliga clashes, with RB triumphing at home, 3-0, while Borussia defended its own turf, 2-1. The difference was made in the DFB Pokal, where Leipzig eliminated the Millionaires in the quarterfinals, 2-0.
By the way, all the past five games in Dortmund were with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig Predictions
The way both units play high efficiency is the best possible pick here. They both have issues in the back line, and the respective offenses look like a better part of the unit. We will follow the tradition, and over 2.5 goals is our pick here.
Our verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Borussia Dortmund versus RB Leipzig Odds
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