Just two points separate second placed Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in sixth ahead of this crucial Bundesliga clash. The opportunity to overtake their more illustrious visitors is a huge incentive for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Where and when: Red Bull Arena Leipzig – 3 March, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Despite going behind to an early Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal, Leipzig recovered to seal a memorable victory at the Westfalenstadion in October, eventually winning the game 3-2.
RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
After a stunning second placed finish in their debut Bundesliga campaign last term, RB Leipzig are in with a great chance of repeating the feat this time round. Victory over Dortmund on Saturday would go a long way towards achieving that, but the visitors have been in great form of late.
Leipzig may have lost their last two league games at Eintracht Frankfurt and at home against Cologne, but they managed to see off Serie A leaders Napoli in the first Europa League knockout round – despite a 2-0 loss in the second leg at the Red Bull Arena.
After drawing their first three games back after the winter break, Dortmund have won all three since, and also got past Italian opposition in the Europa League in the form of Atalanta. Die Schwarzgelben can inflict a fourth straight defeat on Die Bullen, and are priced at 17/10 to do so.
The visitors will have to do without Andriy Yarmolenko and Jadon Sancho for the trip to Saxony, while Shinji Kagawa, Sebastian Rode, Raphael Guerreiro and Eric Durm could all miss out. Maximilian Philipp is back in training though, while the hosts have doubts over Naby Keita, Fabio Coltorti and Marcel Halstenberg.
Leipzig only reached the Bundesliga last season, and have won two of their three games against Dortmund so far. They’re 7/4 in the betting to make it another victory on Saturday, with a repeat of last season’s 1-0 win for RBL available at 12/1. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s 11/4, with the bookmakers predicting a 1-1 scoreline as the most likely result at 7/1.
One to watch for RB Leipzig: Timo Werner. The exciting 21-year-old already has 16 goals in all competitions this season, and after Michy Batshuayi at 9/2, he’s the second favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday at 11/2.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Marco Reus. The Germany international has just returned from injury and was the match winner last time out at Borussia Monchengladbach. He’s 13/2 to open the scoring, and 40/1 to be the only scorer in a second successive 1-0 Dortmund win.
Long shot: After beating Dortmund 3-2 at the Westfalenstadion earlier this season, Leipzig are 47/2 to secure a double over Peter Stoger’s side by winning by the same margin in this one.