RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen: Patrik Schick and Nordi Mukiele power hosts back to top position in the Bundesliga, earning their first win in five to keep pressure on Bayern Munich
Bayern will take the lead again with a win over Koln on Sunday, but Leipzig remained under pressure by winning its first win in five games.
The side of Julian Nagelsmann started quickly and continued after 17 minutes with a Lukas Klostermann branch, up 2-0 in the break after Patrik Schick headed from a corner.
The hosts extended their lead seconds after the restart, with Konrad Laimer playing an excellent passing ball to set up Nordi Mukiele.
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Patrik Schick's powerful header doubled the advantage of giving Bremen little hope
Bundesliga promotion will resume this weekend because tempting bands are served at both ends of the table.
The increasingly exciting RB Leipzig has an excellent opportunity to take their place at the top again while competing against wrestlers Werder Bremen a day before rivals' title Bayern Munich opposite Cologne.
Schalke has the ability to show their ambitions for a European place, while Borussia Dortmund has to overcome a form Eintracht Frankfurt to prevent him from falling further from the pace. Sportsmail takes a look at the action …
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht – 7:30 pm (BT Sport 3)
The side of Lucien Favre starts the action of the weekend, knowing that they have to produce a victory to keep on fighting and at the top of the leading pack.
The men in yellow will rely on Erling Haaland, who made a great start in Germany after he had already achieved seven league goals. He failed to hit the back of the net during the recent 4-3 thriller with Bayer Leverkusen, so he will try to get back on the path right away.
Emre Can will hope to be able to follow a very impressive debut, while opponents Frankfurt started the year well with three wins and a draw from four Bundesliga matches.
Bast Dos returns for visitors after recovering from a stomach virus, although AC Milan beneficiary Andre Silva is still in the lead.
RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen – 2:30 PM
Timo Werner has been a man on fire for Leipzig this season, but has no purpose in four competitive matches. In that time they have failed to win.
It is cause for slight concern, although Leipzig knows that the victory would place them Bayern – who play on Sunday – at the top of the pile.
Tyler Adams has become his calf muscle and can be replaced on the right by Nordi Mukiele. A return to a back four could cost Manchester City borrower Angelino his wing role on the other side in the Red Bull Arena.
Exciting American talent Josh Sargent is about to return to starting Bremen in Bremen, while right back Theodor Gebre Selassie is also expected to return after missing six games with a hamstring injury.
Augsburg vs Freiburg – 2.30 pm
Augsburg & Florian Niederlechner enjoys the best scoring season of his Bundesliga career and here he faces the club he left in the summer, Freiburg.
Niederlechner's 11 goals this season are already equal to his best performance ever in an entire Bundesliga season, and he will go hunting for his former employers.
currently in 12th place, doing everything they can to keep their top flight this season, but only having one win of the last 5.
The nine wins of Freiburg are already more than they did throughout 2018-19 while enjoying their third best Bundesliga campaign to date. They are in eighth place.
Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg – 2.30 pm
Hoffenheim enters this after a slog of a German Cup conflict with Bayern Munich, in which they worked for a defeat of 4-3 and a loss for Freiburg.
Depending on the results this weekend, the side of Alfred Schreuder could climb the sixth above Schalke – who travels to Mainz on Sunday -. Former Arsenal man Havard Nordveit is tipped to return in defense at the expense of Ermin Bicakcic.
Christoph Baumgartner insists on a start in midfield and Hoffenheim is stimulated by the return of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann .
Wolfsburg achieves only one win of the last five and looks different. Worryingly, the game also went nine games without zero, while top scorer Wout Weghorst did not score in seven games with seven goals – which started the Fortuna stalemate on the bench.
Paderborn vs Hertha Berlin – 2.30 pm
New boy Krzysztof Piatek is expected to take the lead for the visitors, who only scored five points out of the last 15 available .
Steffen Baumgart & # 39; s Paderborn side are fighting with teeth and nails to prevent an immediate return to the second division and have recently picked up a morally-strengthening draw against Schalke.
The hosts were able to climb off the table, above Werder Bremen and in the relegation play-off spot currently occupied by Fortuna Dusseldorf, with a win in this one.
Gerrit Holtmann is missing due to suspension for Paderborn, while Hertha plays their first game since Jurgen Klinsmann stepped down as boss.
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2.30 pm
Leverkusen are flying and have serious intentions to enter the Champions League this season. Recent win over Dortmund, in a seven-goal thriller, has confidence in a world of well-done.
The young midfielder Kai Havertz has so far been the leading figure for Leverkusen this season and seems to be playing a leading role. once again. It could be a milestone evening for the starlet.
Maruis Butler was among the objectives for Union and is on track to maintain his place for this collision.The inclusion of defender Marvin Friedrich – available after suspension – could be the only change in the party that it got better from Werder Bremen.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Monchengladbach – 5:30 pm (BT Sport 2)
US goalkeeper Zack Steffen could return his injury in the encounter of Fortuna Dusseldorf with R ijnland-rivals Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday late kick-off.
Fortuna has been without profit during the American's absence, albeit unbeaten in their last two games after holding Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg to 1-1 stalemates.
Defenders Kaan Ayhan and Andre Hoffmann miss out due to injury and suspension respectively, while Nana Ampomah is preferable to Bernard Tekpetey in attack after a change of staff.
Gladbach was one of the surprise packages this season and entered the weekend in fourth place, just four points behind Bayern Munich leaders.
The silk is well equipped and is now holding a game in hand after the Rhine derby with Cologne was canceled last weekend due to poor weather conditions.
Marcus Thuram, Breel Embolo and Patrick Herrmann will take on offensive tasks in the absence of leading goal scorer Alassane Plea, who recently scored against Leipzig in a 2-2 draw, but was also sent off in the same game.
Cologne vs Bayern Munich – 2.30 pm (BT Sport 3)
Jhon Cordoba is possible in a blister form although he stopped his work with try to beat the top scorer of the Robert Lewandowski competition as host of Cologne Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Cologne goes well rested to the band after their recent cancellation of the competition due to storms.
Cordoba becomes the most important market in Cologne. The attacker scored in six consecutive games at home, including goals in the wins at Freiburg (4-0), Wolfsburg (3-1), Werder Bremen (1-0) and Bayer Leverkusen (2-0). Thomas Kessler is the only one absent for the hosts.
Before this collision, Bayern had recently started an eight-game winning streak (all games), before a scoreless draw with Leipzig placed a speed bump in the way
That draw kept Bayern ahead on contenders Leipzig and therefore closely on the table. Barcelona borrower Philippe Coutinho will probably start for the fourth time in a row while Ivan Perisic misses an injury.
Niklas Sule's defense remains absent for a long time, and Javi Martinez is unexpected to play, despite recently returning to training.
Mainz vs Schalke – 5:00 PM (BT Sport 3)
Mainz recently emerged from a terrible routine with a much needed victory over Hertha Berlin prior to this. A series of four consecutive defeats had indeed made their situation very gloomy.
Still, the home team remains four points away from the relegation zone and will be confident that they can at least take one point from a Schalke party who have drawn their last two games.
Alexander Hack was able to return after having eliminated the previous two games. Stefan Bell and Edimilson Fernandez remain sidelined due to injury.
David Wagner & Schalke's home have been excellent and have not tasted defeat on their own patch since they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich on the second weekend of the season. On the road, however, it is a different story (four wins, three draws, three defeats).
Daniel Caligiuri, Salif Sane, Markus Schubert and Benjamin Stambouli remain absent-minded injuries.
Results dependent, victory for Schalke could propel them ahead of rivals Leverkusen in fifth.
Bayern Munich 0-0 RB Leipzig: Top two in Bundesliga plays scoreless draw while Timo Wener misses glorious opportunity to send visitors to the top
- The top two played in the Bundesliga from an entertaining scoreless draw
- RB Leipzig & # 39; s Timo Werner Missed a golden opportunity all three points
- Bayern Munich remains one point ahead of Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga table
Robert Lewandowski thought he won a penalty until VAR intervened correctly
Bayern Munich was held on a 0-0 draw Sunday of Leipzig because it remained the top of the Bundesliga, but could not extend the lead in the pursuit of an eighth consecutive title. dominated possession.
With his top scorer Timo Werner struggling to hit the goal, Leipzig failed to take his own chances to score on the counterattack in the second draw between the teams this season.
BAYERN MUNICH 0-0 RB LEIPZIG – MATCH FACTS
Ba yern: Neuer, Pavard, Boateng (Hernandez 67), Alaba, Davies, Kimmich, Alcantara, Mull er, Gnabry (Coutinho 60), Goretzka (Coman 85), Lewandowski
Bookings: Kimmich, Pavard
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Adams, Tasende, Laimer, Sabitzer, Nkunku (Lookman 82) Werner (Poulsen 90) , Elm (Schick 69)
Bookings: Upamecano, Laimer
Bayern leads Leipzig a point after not breaking down a certain Leipzig defense.
Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi made two crucial saves, first to beat Thiago Alcantara & # 39; s shot in the fifth minute, then to stop Leon Goretzka's low attempt in the 79th. Other Bayern efforts were repeatedly blocked by the Leipzig defenders. Central defender Dayot Upamecano of Leipzig brought Robert Lewandowski down in the penalty area, but when Lewandowski was ready to take the spot kick, a video overview showed that he was sidelined for the foul.
That meant Werner did not score for Leipzig & # 39; s fourth game in a row in all competitions. The draw ended a winning series of eight games for Bayern in all competitions and extended the winless streak from Leipzig to four games. the region.
If there was any doubt that Bayern Munich Thomas Muller would offer a new contract this summer, has the events of Wednesday night it maybe crushed forever.
Muller has been repeatedly linked in recent weeks to a move from Bayern, but to see him lead to Bayern to win against Hoffenheim in the German Cup was to understand why new club president Herbert Hainer has no intention to let the 30-year-old leave.
& # 39; All successes and trophies that Bayern has won over the past 10 years are closely related to the name of Thomas Muller, & # 39; Herbert said. Kicker this week. "Thomas proves his worth in this season too."
Muller grabbed a goal and assist since Bayern scored a small fear survived to advance to the final eight of the cup. It was the 10th time in his last 11 domestic tires that the experienced veteran had scored or set up a teammate for a goal.
This weekend they have the chance to win four points clear with a victory over second-placed RB Leipzig. It will not surprise anyone if Muller is once again at the forefront of what could be a season-defining victory for the Hansi Flick team.
Since Flick took over as an interim coach in early November and Muller has reinstalled him as a regular first team, and has taken Bayern's ruthless attack back to the top of the Bundesliga table.
It was only last weekend that they finally regained the top position from Leipzig, but the shape of Bayern grew more and more ominously with each passing week. And on Wednesday, they were again at their best for 80 minutes, cruising for a routine cup victory over Hoffenheim.
Only when Muller came out did the fragility of Bayern & # 39; s revival appear. With their experienced leader on the bench, Bayern granted two in quick succession to give themselves a much more nervous last minute than necessary.
For Flick, the fear was a timely & # 39; wake-up call & # 39; for the Sunday confrontation with title rivals Leipzig. For Muller it was & # 39; good to see & # 39 ;.
Good to see? & # 39; Yes, & # 39; he said. If you are exposed in such a way, Bayern should focus on what makes us strong & # 39; and give them a boost for Sunday.
From another soccer player, such words may sound like simple commonplace. Van Muller betrayed what makes him and Bayern such ruthless winners. Call it arrogance, call it desire, call it whatever you want. Even at their weakest point, the power of Bayern stems from an unwavering certainty that she and she alone are in control of their destiny.
That attitude should fear a side of Leipzig experiencing their first wobble of the season.
In recent days, two defeats for mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt and a draw with Borussia Monchengladbach have seen that they have given up the top spot and have fallen out of the cup.
Not for the first time, Leipzig & # 39; s the young team has again demonstrated why they and their coach Julian Nagelsmann still have to join the European elite. Exciting and cheeky at their best, they can be put off by their role as favorites and cramped against heavyweight opposition.
Bayern, on the other hand, has in recent years become accustomed to hammering their most serious rivals, even when their general form is lacking. Their last three home games against Borussia Dortmund have been won with a total score of 15-0, while Leipzig has never won in the Allianz Arena and was sent 3-0 in last year's cup final.
Muller, more than anyone else, embodies that mentality. Even under Niko Kovac, when he was visibly dissatisfied with his role as a player with a small part, he consistently hit his incoherent best at crucial moments.
Under Flick, the 30-year-old is back in his element. With a coach who trusts him, he is once again the flurry of bony limbs that once brought the defense of Europe into a cold sweat. Again, he can be seen snooping around the last third, shoulders bent and fingers pointing in all directions as he blows instructions to his fellow midfielders.
Muller's recent form even has the prospect of a return to the national team formation called, from which he was controversially removed around this time last year. He is already on the provisional selection list for the German Olympic football team and Joachim Low does not have to declare him categorically for Euro 2020.
Bayern will meanwhile dig into their drawers old contract extension template. Muller's current deal expires in 2021, and this week former coach Jupp Heynckes joined the growing chorus of voices that urged the club to give him a new deal.
& # 39; If I were a boss at Bayern, Thomas would never play anywhere else, "said Heynckes, who in 2013 conceived the greatest triumph of Muller and Bayern with the triple.
The victory against Leipzig would bring Bayern on track for their eighth consecutive league title since that glorious season. If he continues his current form, it can also get Muller on course for that contract extension.
Usually the arrival of a new force to defeat the monotonous monopoly of a club in a title race is welcomed with joy . .
The antipathy and hatred towards RB Leipzig from The traditional powerhouses of Germany are now well established and take many forms, from supporters' banners instructing them to drop off "to statutes in club statutes that prohibit friendly arrangements from being settled against them.
But the rest of the Bundesliga and the wider German football will have to be clear accept prospect that RB Leipzig only 11 years after their controversial founding g will be crowned champion.
Julian Nagelsmann's team was the Bundesliga Herbstmeister – autumn champions or table tops midway – back in December, and although they have recently lost points, they remain only one point at the top .
We will learn much more about their credentials this Sunday evening when Leipzig travels to Bayern in a summit meeting billed as starters against the establishment.
A victory will bring Leipzig back to the first place they occupy in December and to a surprise 2-0 backwards at Eintracht Frankfurt fourteen days ago, followed by a 2-2 draw with the fourth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach.
And taking all three points of the Allianz Arena will serve as the ideal catapult for the remaining 12 rounds of the season and the title bid of the Red Bulls.
Reluctantly, the rest of German football is now reconciled with the fact that their worst fear of Leipzig is about to win the main prize.
If and when Liverpool wins the Premier League, their first English title in 30 years, fans of other English clubs will reluctantly accept that this powerful club had waited long enough and are at a decent distance to be the best in the division this season.
But Leipzig, which originated in 2009 when the Red Bull corporation took control of the fifth division SSV Markranstadt, changed their name, logo and colors before moving to the Bundesliga in just eight seasons, will have a sour taste in the mon leave d behind.
They have deliberately violated the unique & # 39; 50-plus-one & # 39; property rules of German football, designed to hold the power in the hands of supporters by issuing a limited number of shares, 49 percent of them sell to Red Bull and then make the rest unaffordably expensive.
And then there was the bypassing of rules that forbid teams from naming themselves after companies by the official name & # 39; RasenBallsport & # 39; to make – which literally means & # 39; lawn ball sports & # 39; – unlike Red Bull.
Of course nobody is fooled. When the former Schalke and Bayern midfielder Hamit Altintop combined them with Tottenham in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, he called them & # 39; Red Bull Leipzig & # 39 ;.
The situation was well summarized by the Suddeutsche Zeitung writer Klaus Hoeltzenbein for Christmas: & RB remains a controversial art product and a start-up set up in the fifth division as a casing with millions of euros & # 39; s and ambition pumped into it.
] "But some traditionalists will have to acknowledge that this project has shaken and challenged an industry that was a little too in love with itself."
It style RB Leipzig as the bold and ambitious start-up that starts the sociable businesses as a disruptor and of course they don't like it that much.
But although their mere existence causes repulsion, Leipzig is entering their title bid correctly.
Contrary to expectations, they have not spent crazy money, instead opting to buy young talents from other clubs in Germany or elsewhere and develop them in-house.
The club's record was the midfielder Naby Keita, who cost them £ 26.78 million when bought from sister club Red Bull Salzburg and later sold to Liverpool for £ 54 million.
Dani Olmo, the 21-year-old Spanish playmaker signed in Dinamo Zagreb in January , is their second most expensive purchase for £ 18 million.
Timo Werner, their superstar center striker who scored 25 goals this season, only cost £ 12m from Stuttgart in 2016.
Now almost every week linked to Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, Werner will probably pay more than four times as much.
The other thing is defying to slowly conquer skeptical hearts and minds is that Leipzig plays a very attractive brand of football and is exciting to watch.
Nagelsmann, 32, who took the helm last summer after moving from Hoffenheim, is obsessive when it comes to minute tactical details, but he has also promoted excellent team spirit within his young team.
It helps that he inherited a hugely talented group of players as a result of the vision of the former manager who turned red Bull & Head of Ralf Rangnick, who put the club's strategy into action in recent years has brought.
Until their recent blip, Leipzig boasted the most watertight defense of the Bundesliga, with the French duo Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele, plus the German Lukas Klostermann, offering a physical advantage.
In midfield, Christopher Nkunku, formerly a smart youth at PSG before Leipzig raised him for £ 10 million, enjoyed an excellent season with four goals and 10 assists.
Captain Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg provide the thrust of both flanks in support of Werner, with the Czech Patrik Schick and Dane Yussuf Poulsen backing up when it comes to scoring.
In short, Leipzig has a team of players aged 25 or lower, cheap but with enormous potential to improve or resell for big profits.
Nagelsmann is not exactly the only manager who demands his team press to win the ball back seconds after losing it, but there is still freshness in Leipzig.
And even if they are not in control of property, they are powerful in counterattack. A good example was in their 3-3 draw at title rivals Borussia Dortmund before the winter break, when they returned from 2-0 and 3-1 to take a crucial point despite being overwhelmed for a long time.
So if Leipzig wins from the end of Bayern & # 39; s title lane, it becomes a well-deserved triumph but not exactly celebrated by the rest of German football.
Meanwhile, we find ourselves in a curious situation in which neutral ones have been around for years & everybody, except Bayern & # 39; willing to win the title, now notice that they are willing to make an even more unpleasant enemy.
Mainz (4-2-3-1): Zentner, Brosinski, Niakhate, St.Juste, Baku, Malong (Latza 32 & # 39;), Barreiro (Oniswo 72 & # 39;), Oztunali, Boetius, Qualon, Mateta (Szalai 74 & # 39;)
Replacements: Muller, Caricol, Bruma, Mwene, Latza, Ji, Onisiwo, Szalai, Burkardt
Targets: St Juste (45 & # 39 😉 ] Booked: St Juste (57 & # 39;) Boetius (87 & # 39;)
Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka (Gnabry 65 & # 39;), Thiago, Muller (Coutinho 65 & # 39;), Lewandowski, Perisic (Tolisso 90 & # 39;)
Subs: Odriozola, Cuisance, Ulreich, Zirkzee
] Goals: Lewandowski (7 & # 39;), Muller (14 & # 39;), Thiago (26 & # 39;)
Booked: Goretzka (65 & # 39;)
Referee: Bastian Dankert
Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig take the main game on match day 20 and Borussia Monchengladbach takes third place.
Julian The Nagelsmann men will try to bounce back from a surprising 2-0 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt last Saturday.
Erling Braut Haaland may have to settle for a seat on the bench for Borussia Dortmund, despite scoring five times in two outings as a substitute, while Bayern Munich could reach the top – at least for a few hours – by beating Mainz.
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Hertha Berlin vs Schalke – 7:30 PM (live on BT Sport)
Sixth placed Schalke will try to breathe new life into the Olympia stadium after winning only one of their last four league matches.
The visitors are encouraged by the return of goalkeeper Alex Nubel, who is available for selection after serving a four-game ban after his broadcast in a 1-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt in December.
In his absence, David Wagner's men dropped from fourth to sixth in the Bundesliga and were beaten 5-0 by Bayern Munich last Saturday.
Belgian attacker Benito Raman may be back in the base after recovery from the flu.
On the other hand, Jurgen Klinsmann's Hertha Berlin was canceled by a morally-boosting 2-1 win in Wolfsburg last weekend.
And they welcome Dedryck Boyata back in the middle of the suspension. Schalke won the first meeting between the parties 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1
 Borussia] Berlin – 2:30 p.m.
Borussia Dortmund will take revenge after being stunned 3-1 by Union Berlin on match day three in August.
The side of Lucien Favre has won both games after the winter break and both times scored five times against Augsburg and Cologne.
Dortmund is currently in fourth position in the table with 36 points from 19 games, only four behind league-leader RB Leipzig.
Striker Erling Braut Haaland may have to settle for a place on the bench despite scoring five goals in two outings as a substitute since he joined Red Bull Salzburg with Favre who is probably among his front three Marco Reus , Thorgan Hazard and Jadon Sancho would stay.
Union Berlin returned to winning roads with a 2 -0 triumph over Augsburg last weekend. They are in 11th place in their debut-top-flight campaign with 23 points, six points above the bottom three.
Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2.30 pm
Bayer Leverkusen started the second part of the Bundesliga campaign with two extensive victories against Fortuna Dusseldorf and Pader.
But the men of Peter Bosz will probably undergo a much harder test on the seventh placed Hoffenheim on match day 20.
Hoffenheim bounced back from a disappointing defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt by a 3-0 victory to claim on Werder Bremen struggling last Sunday.
The side of Alfred Schreuder has now collected 17 of the 24 points on their travels, compared to 13 of 30 in their PreZero Arena.
Philipp Pentke is expected to keep his place in the goal with first-choice Oliver Baumann still unavailable after a knee operation, while midfielder Dennis Geiger is excluded for fourteen days due to a thigh injury.
The game between the two parties earlier in the season in the BayArena ended in a goalless stalemate.