Championship match point in clash of strongest teams
FC Bayern have the first championship match point on Saturday: A win against RB Leipzig would put winning the seventh league title in succession in the Reds’ own hands. If a point is dropped then it would be down to Fortuna Düsseldorf helping out against Borussia Dortmund. That would also mean the record champions not winning the title at their own ground for the thirteenth time in succession. The last time the title was won at home was in the 1999/2000 season when FCB – then playing at the Olympic Stadium – beat Werder Bremen 3-1. fcbayern.com have compiled some key stats and facts on the game at Leipzig.
Clash of the best teams in the second half of the season
FC Bayern have collected 38 out of a possible 45 points in 2019 and lead the second half of the season form table ahead of RB Leipzig (34). Both the team under Niko Kovac (1-3 at Leverkusen on matchday 20) and the team from Saxony (0-1 at home to Dortmund on matchday 18) have only lost once in the second half of the season – that leads the way. Bayern are unbeaten in 12 and RB in 14 Bundesliga games, which is also a club record.
Best defence against best attack
FC Bayern have scored 83 goals this season and that represents the best attack in the Bundesliga. Against Hannover, FCB scored in the 25th Bundesliga game in succession and currently have the longest run of goals in the top flight. In contrast, the opponents Leipzig have the best defence in the league with only 27 goals conceded and their home ground is a fortress: The Red Bulls have only conceded nine goals in 16 home games – the best return in the league.
Only one Leipzig win in this fixture
Bayern have won five times in the six encounters across different competitions. In addition to four wins in the Bundesliga, the record champions knocked out the Red Bulls in the second round of the DFB Cup last season with a 5-4 win on penalties. The last time Leipzig won was a home game in March 2018 (2-1).
Red Bulls saw red against Bayern
One reason for FC Bayern's superiority in this fixture is probably also due to Leipzig finishing games against Bayern with only ten men on four occasions. In the previous six encounters there have been five red cards – the 1-0 win earlier in the season at the Allianz Arena saw two players sent off - Renato Sanches (two yellow cards) and Stefan Ilsanker (red card).