This is going to be a crucial match for both squads, most especially for the Bavarians, which seem to have a hard time proving itself this season.
Unlike before, the defending champion has not established a formidable lead against its title rivals. As a matter of fact, the only thing that separates them from Leipzig is the goal difference, which is a not-so impressive way to dominate the league table. A simple mistake could cause them to lose the top spot.
Bayern’s lackluster performance was evident in their narrow victory against the rock-bottom Darmstadt. It took them a while—almost at the nearing end of the match before they were able to snatch a goal, thanks to Douglas Costa’s stunner on the 71st minute.
It was a crucial moment since they could have easily lost the three points while Leipzig was busy winning its matches.
In their most recent encounter, the newly-promoted squad destroyed the more experienced capital club, Hertha Berlin.
On a closer look, it was not an ordinary victory. Leipzig scored two goals and kept a clean sheet at the same time. They have dominated the match.
Thus, under this context, it is pretty hard to disregard the possibility that they might force Bayern to settle for a draw (4.92).
Jerome Boateng is injured and may not be able to give the Bavarians the defensive help and Leipzig will definitely take advantage of this situation.
However, it must be noted that Bayern plays the strongest at Allianz Arena. They are victorious in 22 of their last 26 home matches. In addition, the last thing that they want to happen is to be humiliated in front of their own crowd.
Clearly, this promises to be an intense and exciting match and going for a correct score of 1-0 (8.66) is a profitable choice.
Date: 21 December 2016
Venue: Allianz Arena