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RB Leipzig vs BVB: Can visitors recover form after UCL disappointment?

November 5, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
After a disappointing result in their UCL midweek tie, will Dortmund be able to get back on track as they travel to face Leipzig this weekend?

Preview: RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

At the present, nine points separate RB Leipzig from their upcoming visitors Borussia Dortmund. Die Roten Bullen, who are currently under the tutelage of American tactician Jesse Marsch, have struggled for results in the league, although they're now turned a corner. Unbeaten in their last six league matches (three wins, three draws), Leipzig have picked up 11 points during that run.

To put this in perspective, prior to this, Leipzig had earned just four points from their first five games. But since September 11th, when they were humiliated at home by a rampaging Bayern Munich, Marsch's squad have really turned things around, and while there's still a lot of work to do, they could certainly put themselves in good contention for a European football spot by making it a seventh league win sans defeat.

Speaking of European football, Leipzig gave themselves a slim hope of making it into the Europa League knockout rounds thanks to a two-all draw with PSG earlier this week. Before then, die Roten Bullen had failed to win all three of their games, which were certainly entertaining from a neutral perspective - just look at the nine goal thriller against Manchester City on matchday one - but disappointing for Leipzig supporters.

Even more worrying was their 2-1 loss to Club Brugge, especially given that the Belgian side presented their "easiest" opponent and the most realistic change they had to secure three points. As things stand, Leipzig still do have only one point, but will be taking on Club Brugge next time out, and should things go their way, coupled with possibly nicking a point against City, they just may have done enough to progress into the Europa League.

However, for now, they'll be firmly focused on the task at hand - picking up a crucial win against a Dortmund side who've been on a kick lately, with four consecutive wins in the league. Die Schwarzgelben now sit just one point serial title winners Bayern Munich, and many fans and neutrals will hope that die Roten will drop points in their upcoming match with a high-flying Freiburg, also to be played this weekend.

While that's highly unlikely, namely due to the form of Robert Lewandowski, they'll still be watching the results from that match closely. Dortmund do come into this match having suffered a disappointing loss midweek to Dutch outfit Ajax, which makes it back to back losses in European club football's premier competition for Marco Rose's side. Injuries certainly haven't helped, with Norwegian striker Erling Haaland having missed several games due to an ongoing hip injury, but others, like Thorgan Hazard, have stepped up to pick up the slack.

In fact, Hazard, younger brother of Real Madrid's Eden Hazard, has scored three goals in three of his last four appearances across all comps - but came of early during Dortmund's recent 3-1 loss to Ajax. Fortunately, he doesn't appear to have any serious injury - which would have been just another major blow for a side already battling injuries - and his manager will hope he'll be able to be one of the protagonists as Dortmund aim to keep up the pressure on Bayern at the top of the table. 

Team news: RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

Leipzig: Marcel Halstenberg (ankle), Lukas Klostermann (thigh), Marcelo Saracchi (knee), and Will Orban (thigh) will all miss out for die Roten Bullen in this upcoming clash.

BVB: Dortmund are facing a major injury crisis at the moment, meaning that Rose will have to do without the following players: Emre Can (muscular), Mahmoud Dahoud (knee), Raphael Guerreiro (muscular), Erling Haaland (hip), Morey (knee), Gio Reyna (thigh), Marcel Schmelzer (knee), Nico Schulz (muscular), Marius Wolf (thigh)

Match facts: RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

  • All of Leipzig's wins so far this season have come on home turf
  • Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games (W3 D3)
  • However, they haven't beaten Dortmund since October 2017
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Leipzig across all comps (W6 D2) 

Where to watch RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund live on November 6, 2021

Leipzig vs BVB kick off at 10:30 PST/13:30 EST/17:30 GMT/18:30 CET


UK: Sky Sports Mix, SKY GO Extra

Germany: Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD, Sky Ticket, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1

Australia: beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports

Canada: Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet World Now

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Match details, result and original broadcast info

RB Leipzig 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

November 6, 2021 1:30pmRed Bull Arena (Leipzig)

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