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Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig: Match Preview

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A clash of titans

Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

It’s the first league match after yet another excruciating international break. If you’re a USMNT fan, I truly am sorry. If you’re a Portugal fan like myself, then we can celebrate. But back to the matter at hand!

RB Leipzig are sitting pretty in 4th place in the Bundesliga after 7 matches. The Red Bulls continue to be a dangerous team after last year’s maiden campaign in Germany’s top tier.

Despite being in 4th place, Leipzig has shown to have weaknesses in the squad. After all, this is the first time they have juggled DFB Pokal, Bundesliga, and Champions League all at once.

Their league wins have come from Freiburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Köln. Only Eintracht Frankfurt lies in the top half of the table. The rest of those teams lie in 15th place or below.

In matches against top competition, both in Champions League and in Germany, Leipzig have fallen short. We can expect the same kind of result when they face Dortmund.

Leipzig is coming off a 2-1 win against FC Köln, which isn’t exactly saying much, seeing as Die Geißböcke are still in last place. Borussia Dortmund’s last match ended in a 2-1 victory for BVB against Augsburg, one of the surprise teams of this season’s Bundesliga campaign.

Leipzig will be looking to counterattack against Dortmund, something Der BVB is very susceptible to. Sokratis and whoever Bosz chooses to start alongside the Greek defender will have to be wary of Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen as the main components of Leipzig’s attack.

Emil Forsberg will also have to be contained in the midfield. Julian Weigl is the man Borussia Dortmund will have to place their trust in to get the job done stopping the Red Bulls’ Swedish maestro.

Dortmund’s strike force is full of healthy players. Aubameyang, Yarmolenko, Philipp, and Pulisic are all available for selection. RB Leipzig isn’t exactly known for its defense, and neither is Dortmund, so this match may come down to one thing.

Who can score more?