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RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction & Betting Tips

RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

The top of the Bundesliga could see a massive shake-up this weekend as RB Leipzig host Bayer Leverkusen at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig. Both sides sit in the top four, with a win helping Leipzig leap-frog Stuttgart and a win extending Leverkusen’s lead.

These odds are accurate at time of publishing and are subject to change.

Bayer Leverkusen have been the standout side in the Bundesliga this season, sitting top of the league, anticipating a challenge from Bayern Munich. RB Leipzig, despite having a good haul of points, had a slower first half of the season than they would’ve wanted and now seek a win to make it tighter at the top.

RB Leipzig currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga, in the last Champions League spot. In 17 games, Leipzig have ten wins, three draws and four losses, leaving them on 33 points, one point behind Stuttgart, 12 points behind Leverkusen and just three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Leipzig have been on it in front of goal, scoring 38 goals in 17 games, averaging 2.24 goals a game with their top scorer Lois Openda, with 11 goals, having the third most in the league. They have been similarly impressive at the other end of the pitch, conceding only 18 goals and keeping five clean sheets.

Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, sit top of the Bundesliga after 17 games. The Black and Reds have 14 wins, three draws and are the only team yet to lose. This leaves them on 45 points, an important four points ahead of Bayern Munich who have a game in hand.

Leverkusen are keeping up with Bayern Munich on the attacking front, having scored 47 goals in 17 games, averaging 2.76 goals a game with their top scorer, Victor Boniface having ten goals so far this season. As the only unbeaten team in the league, Leverkusen have the best defence, only conceding 12 goals and keeping eight clean sheets.

RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have only met 15 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming in 2016 when Leipzig first got to the Bundesliga. Leipzig actually have the better record in the fixture with seven wins in comparison to Leverkusen’s four wins, with the other four games ending in a draw.

The fixture is a high-scoring one with 45 goals in 15 games and often a high-tempered one with 42 yellow cards.

Team News

RB Leipzig Team News

Marco Rose only has one injury to manage this weekend, with Willi Orban out with a torn lateral knee ligament. Amadou Haidara is also unavailable due to being called up by Mali for the African Cup of Nations.

Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Xabi Alonso has Arthur and Boniface out with a muscle and adductor injury respectively, with Boniface likely out until at least April. Alonso has also lost a lot of players to the African Cup of Nations, including Amine Adli, Edmond Tapsoba and Odilon Kossounou.

Form Guide

In their last five games in all competitions, RB Leipzig have three wins, one draw and one loss.

A fiery clash against Borussia Dortmund saw Mats Hummels sent off for Dortmund in the 15th minute. A Ramy Bensebaini own goal gave Leipzig the lead but Niklas Sule equalised in the sixth minute of the first half added time. Christoph Baumgartner and Yussuf Poulsen then put Leipzig into a comfortable enough lead that Niclas Fullkrug’s late goal had no effect as Leipzig won 3 - 2.

In the last week of the Champions League Group Stage, Leipzig hosted Young Boys. Benjamin Sesko gave Leipzig the lead early in the second half but Ebrima Colley got the Swiss side level just two minutes later. However, it didn’t stay level for long as Emil Forsberg put Leipzig back ahead before the 60-minute mark for the 2 - 1 win.

Back in the Bundesliga, Leipzig welcomed Hoffenheim. Lukas Klostermann opened the scoring for Leipzig, but Ozan Kabak equalised for Hoffenheim before the halftime whistle. Forsberg was on the scoresheet again for Leipzig and a goal from Mohamed Simakan secured the 3 - 1 win.

Openda gave Leipzig the lead just two minutes into the second half and despite having 17 shots with eight on target, Leipzig couldn’t find another goal. Justin Njinmah then punished Leipzig by scoring late on to grab a 1 - 1 draw for Werder Bremen.

The last time out for Leipzig was against Eintracht Frankfurt. Ansgar Knauff’s goal in the seventh minute was the only goal of the game despite Leipzig’s 31 shots in comparison to Frankfurt’s five shots. However, with all the possession and shots, Leipzig slumped to a 1 - 0 loss.

In their last five games in all competitions, Bayer Leverkusen have four wins and one draw.

Chris Fuhrich gave Stuttgart the unlikely lead at halftime, with his goal in the 40th minute. However, it didn’t take long for Leverkusen to bite back with a goal from Florian Wirtz two minutes into the second half. Despite 18 shots for Leverkusen and 22 shots for Stuttgart, neither could find a winner and had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw.

In the last week of the Europa League Group Stage, Leverkusen hosted Molde. Patrick Schick and Tapsoba both scored and along with a brace from Adam Hlozek and an own goal from Martin Ellingsen, Leverkusen grabbed a 5 - 1 win.

Back in the Bundesliga, Leverkusen hosted Eintracht Frankfurt. Boniface, Jeremie Frimpong and Wirtz all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Leverkusen.

Schick was the main man for Leverkusen in their clash with Bochum. Schick picked up a first-half hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Boniface in the 4 - 0 win.

The most recent outing for Leverkusen was against Augsburg. Alonso’s men left it late, but a 94th-minute goal from Exequiel Palacios gave Leverkusen the late 1 - 0 win. According to Opta's probability calculator, Alonso's men now stand a 30.99% chance of ending Bayern Munich's 10-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga.

Footy Accumulators Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen has dominated the Bundesliga this season and that dominance is likely to extend into this game. However, RB Leipzig will put up a fight and both teams are likely to be on the scoresheet in a high-scoring game. Also look out for yellow cards, a very common occurrence in this fixture.

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Last updated 17/04/2024

Where to watch

RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen will be broadcasted on Sky Sports Mix in the U.K.