The Bundesliga title race reaches its most critical juncture of the season so far when titleholders Bayern Munich aim to stretch their four-point lead in a visit to RB Leipzig on Saturday. Die Roten have won six in a row as they travel to second-place Leipzig, but the absence of the league’s overwhelming top scorer, Robert Lewandowski, threatens to disrupt their momentum.
Each team has eight games remaining as we enter Week 27, with limited chances remaining for the Red Bulls to cut the gap if they’re to win their maiden ‘Meisterschale’ this season.
What TV Channel is Leipzig-Bayern on?
Germany’s top two juggernauts are in for a potential title-changer in the Bundesliga, available to watch via ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from 12:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream Bundesliga matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich
When: Saturday, April 3
Where: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Leipzig’s sole win over Bayern from 11 total encounters came at the Red Bull Arena in March 2018, though it’s worth highlighting the latter have won only two of the six meetings since then.
Hansi Flick led the incumbent champions to a 3-3 draw when this pair clashed at the Allianz Arena in December, with Leipzig being the only current Bundesliga team he’s yet to defeat so far in his career:
It’s likely we’ll see Serge Gnabry pushed into a more advanced role for the guests, similar to the role he fulfilled for Germany over the recent international break. This could lead to a rare sighting of Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman all on the field at one time.
Lewandowski leads the league with 35 goals this season—14 more than any other player—and was homing in on Gerd Muller’s all-time record of 40 finishes in a Bundesliga campaign prior to suffering a knee tendon injury on international duty with Poland. Commentator Derek Rae gave Bayern fans hope in suggesting the pace-setter could be back sooner than expected, with a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain set to begin April 7:
Bayern will also be missing defenders Alphonso Davies and Jerome Boateng through suspension, with Douglas Costa and Corentin Tolisso also out injured injured. Kevin Kampl misses out for the hosts due to an accumulation of cards, while Marcel Halstenberg is missing due to quarantine measures. There is positive news for Dayot Upamecano, however, who will be fit to feature following some fitness concerns, per Rae.
Given the potential impact of Lewandowski’s absence, nothing but three points will do for a Leipzig side looking to break new ground in the top flight. The club is approaching its 12th birthday and would like nothing better than to celebrate that anniversary with a first Bundesliga title, but reducing the gap to a single point on Saturday is crucial to those designs. Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won once and drawn five of their last seven games against the league’s current top six, a record that needs to improve if they’re to crack that ceiling.