Borussia Dortmund face a tough challenge on Saturday when they take on RB Leipzig in the game week 32 of Bundesliga. Dortmund are currently in 5th place, just 1 point behind Eintracht Frankfurt who are in 4th.
For Dortmund to have any hope for qualifying for the Champions League next season, they cannot lose any more matches. Even if they can win all the 3 matches remaining, they will have to hope that the teams above them lose points in their matches.
Leipzig on the other hand have almost guaranteed their Champions League qualification. They just need to score 1 more point from the remaining matches to mathematically ensure UCL qualification.
Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig Preview:
Dortmund and Leipzig are coming off victories on the DFB Pokal semifinal victories. Thus the Bundesliga match between the both will become a precursor to the Final of the Pokal.
Leipzig have seen a patchy form. Their win in the Pokal semifinal came late in the extra time. The team seem to have been affected by the news regarding the transfer of their manager Julian Nagelsmann. With Bayern Munich almost out of reach, for Die Roten Bullen the reminder of the Bundesliga season is a formality. This could be the reason for the team’s lack of form going into the match.
On the contrary, Dortmund come into the competition in the back of excellent performance in the semifinal where they scored 5 goals in the first half. The Schwarzgelben have also won the last 4 matches in the Bundesliga, reigniting their hope for a top 4 finish.
Dortmund will host Leipzig this time with reverse fixture seeing Leipzig lose to Dortmund for 3-1 scoreline. The match will be held at the Westfalenstadion.
Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig Team News:
Dortmund will go into this crucial fixture potentially without their talismanic striker Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is suffering a minor muscle injury and is a doubt for the fixture. With the Pokal final coming the next week, the manager Edin Terzic might not risk his leading goal scorer for this game.
Another player out for the side is Mateu Morey, who suffered a horrible injury in their semi-final victory over Holstein Kiel. Morey will thus join Youssoufa Moukoko, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Axel Witsel and Marcel Schmelzer in the list of players out for the season.
Dortmund will be also without Jude Bellingham, who is suspended after getting a red card in their previous match against Wolfsburg.
For Leipzig, they go into the match with Lazar Samardzic ruled out due to a knee injury. However, the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Tyler Adams, Lukas Klostermann, and Dominik Szoboszlai are all minor doubts going into the match. Emil Forsberg might make a return to the starting lineup after scoring the winner in the Pokal semi-final, coming off the bench.
Predicted Line-ups and Scoreline:
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Can, Dahoud; Sancho, Reyna, Hazard; Reus
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Orban, Konate, Upamecano; Mukiele, Kampl, Sabitzer, Haidara, Angelino; Forsberg, Sorloth
Borussia Dortmund 2 – 1 RB Leipzig
While Dortmund have a handful with their injury concerns and suspension, they go into the match with more motivation and a better form. With the chance to win a major trophy on the horizon, Leipzig could take a more conservative approach. However, the added incentive for Dortmund to finish in the top 4 will push them to get all three points.