One of the closest title races in all of European soccer could become a lot clearer on Sunday. Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich (13-3-4, 42 points) host second place RB Leipzig (12-5-3, 41 points) in what should be a pivotal matchup in the race for Germany's top domestic trophy.
The defending champions and winners of seven straight titles began the season in rotten form, so much so that they fired their manager. Bayern's struggles allowed another team to take control of the top of the table heading into the winter break. RB Leipzig used the red-hot form of Timo Werner and company to propel themselves up to become first half champions. However, since the resumption of play after the holidays, Leipzig's form has dipped while Bayern have thrived.
That brings us to this showcase matchup of the Bundesliga's top two teams. The perennial powerhouse and more in-form side come in with a one point advantage and will also have the home crowd on their side. Bayern are very good at home this season, winning seven times, drawing once and losing twice. On the other hand, Leipzig are ambitious and desperate to disrupt the Bavarian's championship reign. Julian Nagelsmann's side has been admirable away from home, winning six times, losing twice and sharing the points twice.
Not much separates these two teams statistically. Both score and give up goals at about the same rate this season. They also each boast the league's top two goal-getters in Robert Lewandowski (22) and Timo Werner (20). This match will come down to which side is prepared tactically and which of their individual stars can pull of that moment of brilliance at the right time to make the difference.
While there are still over three months of season left, it's not much of a stretch to call this the Bundesliga's Match of the Season on paper. The implications riding on the result are immense and will reverberate around Germany for several weeks.