The Bundesliga will brace itself for one of the most exciting matches this season as Bayern Munich play hosts to RB Leipzig on Saturday. The Bavarians are looking to remain at the top of the Bundesliga table, but things could be difficult against a Leipzig side, who could overtake them with a win at the Allianz Arena this weekend.
Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs RB Leipzig
Hansi Flick surprisingly offered Alexander Nubel with a rare opportunity in goal against Atletico Madrid in midweek. He should, however, return to the bench, paving the way for Manuel Neuer to reclaim his spot in between the sticks.
Flick is also expected to shift to a back-four, with the effective rotation that should see Bouna Sarr making way for Benjamin Pavard while Lucas Hernandez should return to his left-back duties.
In central defence, Jerome Boateng remains a favourite to start ahead of Niklas Sule, who featured in midweek. The ageing defender, therefore, should partner David Alaba at the heart of Bayern’s four-man backline.
In midfield, Flick is devoid of a reliable option due to the injury of Joshua Kimmich. The German international is unlikely to return before the turn of the year while Corentin Tolisso has also had problems with lack of fitness.
Marc Roca is the obvious option, but the Spaniard hasn’t played much football this season, which should pave the way for Javi Martinez to retain his role in central midfield. The ex-Athletic Bilbao man should operate alongside Leon Goretzka in the double-pivot, with Jamal Musiala set to return to the bench.
There could be wholesale changes in the attacking department for Bayern Munich this weekend. Robert Lewandowski, for one, was rested in midweek as a precaution and should recover within Saturday. The Pole is set to replace Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the number nine role.
Other changes in the attacking unit should see Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry replacing Douglas Costa and Leroy Sane on the flanks. These two have been the first-choice options for Flick this season, but Sane is more than guaranteed to feature as a second-half substitute.
Nevertheless, they will be aided by Thomas Muller, who should occupy his preferred number ten role.