​It's a top-of-the-table clash in the Bundesliga on Sunday evening as Bayern Munich take on RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena.


Die Roten Bullen ended the Hinrunde four points ahead of the Bavarian giants and two points clear at the summit. A slump in form, however, has seen Julian Nagelsmann's men slip to a point behind Bayern at the top, who've continued their renaissance under Hansi Flick at the start of the Rückrunde.

Hansi Flick

The weekend's clash will also see the division's two leading scorers go head to head. Timo Werner (20 goals) has failed to score in his last two Bundesliga appearances but will be looking to outduel Robert Lewandowski (22 goals) in this one. It's the first time since the 1967/68 season that two players have been on 20+ goals after 20 matches. Remarkable.


Nevertheless, with both sides' form at opposite ends of the spectrum, Sunday's encounter promises to be an intriguing one, and one that will go a long way in deciding who's lifting the title come May.


Where to Watch on TV


​When is Kick Off?Sunday 9 January​
​What Time is Kick Off?​17:00 (BST)
​Where is it Played?​Allianz Arena
​TV Channel/Live Stream​BT Sport 2
​Referee​Marco Fritz

Team News


With Javi Martinez (thigh), Niklas Sule (knee) and potentially Jerome Boateng (back) out for Sunday's clash, we could see Frenchman Lucas Hernandez return to the starting XI for the first time under Flick. Hernandez, who's recovered from a long-term ankle injury, could lineup alongside David Alaba at the heart of the Bavarian's backline.

Lucas Hernandez

Ivan Perisic's ankle injury he sustained at the hands of loanee Alvaro Odriozoloa has ruled him out for the foreseeable future. Kingsley Coman, however, could return to the squad for the first time since December.


Dayot Upamecano is said to have been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks but injuries to Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate means the talented Frenchman will be forced to start once more in this one, likely partnering makeshift centre-half Lukas Klostermann.


Kevin Kampl remains out with an ankle problem but there could be a first Leipzig start for January signing Dani Olmo - who scored in the DFB-Pokal defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt in the week.


Predicted Lineups


​Bayern​Neuer; Pavard, Hernandez, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Thiago; Müller, Goretzka, Gnabry; Lewandowski
​Leipzig​Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Adams; Sabitzer, Nkunku; Schick, Werner

Head to Head Record


The two sides have played each other just nine times in total, with Leipzig's first season in the top flight being in 2016/17. Bayern have won five of the nine clashes, compared to Leipzig's one victory.

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The reverse fixture back in September saw the two sides play out an entertaining 1-1 draw. Bayern - under the stewardship of Niko Kovac - took an early lead through, of course, Lewandowksi before Emil Forsberg levelled from the spot in first-half stoppage time. 


Despite Bayern's superiority, Die Roten Bullen certainly highlighted that the Bavarian's weren't going to have it all their own way this season.


Recent Form


Bayern have been in ruthless form since the turn of the new year - scoring 16 goals in their last four games. It's a run that included, arguably, their most complete performance of the campaign thus far - a 5-0 win at home to David Wagner's Schalke. 


Flick has helped Die Roten return to a level we haven't seen since the Pep Guardiola era and now, they look destined to win their eights successive Bundesliga crown. 

Jonas Hofmann

Leipzig, meanwhile, are winless in their last three. Sandwiched in between two defeats away at Eintracht Frankfurt was an enthralling 2-2 draw at home to Marco Rose's Monchengladbach.


The visitors' use of a 3-4-1-2 surprised the hosts and allowed the Foals to build-up from the back with relative ease while their man-oriented press often suffocated Leipzig deep in their own half. It was these two ploys that led to the away side taking a 2-0 lead in the first half.


Alassane Plea's sending off saw Die Roten Bullen improve in the second period as they began to exploit their man advantage - eventually getting a late equaliser through a wonderful strike from Christopher Nkunku after Patrik Schick had pulled one back before Plea's dismissal.


Nevertheless, here's how both these sides have fared in their last five outings.

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​Bayern 4-3 Hoffenheim (05/02)​Frankfurt 3-1 Leizpig (04/02)
​Mainz 1-3 Bayern (01/02)​Leipzig 2-2 Monchengladbach (01/02)
​Bayern 5-0 Schalke (25/01)​Frankfurt 2-0 Leipzig (25/01)
​Hertha Berlin 0-4 Bayern (19/01)​Leipzig 3-1 Union Berlin (18/01)
​Nurnberg 5-2 Bayern (11/01)​Leipzig 3-1 Augsburg (21/12)


Prediction


Despite the home side being heavy favourites, Nagelsmann's tactical versatility and ability to adapt means you can't completely rule out the out of form visitors. 

Nevertheless, with the likes of Alphonso Davies, Thiago, Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Lewandowksi are all enjoying fantastic spells of form at the moment, Bayern should have enough to pull through this one. 

You can expect Leipzig's directness and verticality to cause to hosts a few problems, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a thrilling, high-scoring encounter on Sunday evening.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4-2 RB Leipzig