Borussia Dortmund’s form in the Bundesliga surely contributed to the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich. The Italian was relieved of his duties after a poor start to the season by the champions by their very high standards. They are already five points behind Borussia Dortmund and suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Jupp Heynckes, who returned to his former club after coming out of retirement, has a lot of work to get them back at the summit, though he does, unlike the Italian, at least have the backing of his key players.
Dortmund have been the form team in Germany, with Peter Bosz making a seamless transition to his new job after joining from Europa League finalists Ajax. His new side have won six of their seven games in the league, with a goalless draw in Freiburg last month their only points dropped. They have 21 goals and have been uncharacteristically strong in defence, allowing just two past them. This has given belief to the Yellows’ fans that they can offer a genuine challenge to Munich this time around and win the title for the first time since 2012, despite selling Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.
The clash at home against Bayern early next month could well be an early indicator of whether Borussia have made the requisite improvements from last year’s third-place finish. Key will surely be keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit – the Gabonese forward has scored 13 goals already in 11 appearances.
In RB Leipzig, however, the leaders are up against last season’s surprise package; they finished second in what was their first top-flight campaign. Importantly they have managed to keep hold of their star names – for this season at least – and have had an acceptable start to the new campaign.
They are fourth, which would be enough for another season in the Champions League, and have recorded four wins. In Europe they have a point from their matches against Monaco and Besiktas, but have found the Bundesliga more straightforward, winning their last two.
For Saturday’s intriguing fixture, Tipbet have a fantastic range of odds to check out. The sports odds show that Dortmund are heavy favourites at 1.55 in the match winner markets. However, in their two meetings last season, each club won 1-0 at their home ground. That scoreline at the weekend is 10.7; that is mainly due to the fact that both teams have ferocious attacks and it is 1.50 that they both score. A draw is available at 4.65, with RB 5.25 to inflict the home side’s first defeat.