A battle of two of the teams occupying European spots takes place Sunday March 1, 2020 as second place RB Leipzig host fifth place Bayer Leverkusen. Both of these clubs are in good shape to be playing in Europe next season, but both clubs have higher hopes for the end of this Bundesliga season.
RB Leipzig enter this weekend in second place in the Bundesliga and are just one point back of league leaders Bayern Munich. With Bayern losing star striker Robert Lewandowski this is a prime chance for Leipzig to finally dethrone the German kings. Along with the Bundesliga title race, Leipzig are also fighting for the Champions League title as they currently lead Tottenham 1-0 after the first leg of their Round of 16 battle.
Bayer Leverkusen enter the weekend in fifth place in the Bundesliga and currently occupy the first Europa League spot. However, Leverkusen will have dreams of a Champions League spot, and even an outside shot at winning the Bundesliga, as they are just six points off top of the table Bayern Munich. Leverkusen are five points behind second place RB Leipzig, two points behind Borussia Dortmund and are tied on points with Borussia Monchengladbach for that final Champions League spt. Bayer Leverkusen are still alive in the DFB Pokal, where they will play Union Berlin in the quarter-finals, and the Europa League where they are waiting to see, as of Thursday night, who they draw in the Round of 16.
Below is my pick for the Bundesliga action between RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen. All odds are from PointsBet Indiana Sportsbook.
RB Leipzig (-210) vs Bayer Leverkusen (+490) Draw (+390)
RB Leipzig scored in the first minute, of their latest game, and never looked back battering Schalke 5-0 on the road. Four goals after the 60th minute made this affair a blowout and it really could have been an even bigger blowout for Leipzig. The win pushed RB Leipzig’s win streak to three games and unbeaten streak to four games. Leipzig are the fourth best home club in Germany having won 24 points thanks to a 7-3-1 record.
Bayer Leverkusen traveled to Portugal for a midweek Europa League battle with Portuguese powers FC Porto. After the first leg Leverkusen held a slim 2-1 lead, but they came out firing and walked away with a 3-1 road victory and advanced to the Round of 16. The win was Leverkusen’s sixth in a row and they have now won nine of their last 10 games across all competitions. Leverkusen is the third best road club in the Bundesliga having won 21 points thanks to a 7-0-4 record.
Series History: These two clubs have met seven times in the past and it is RB Leipzig that holds a 4-2-1 lead.
Prediction: I don’t see Leipzig slowing down, so give me Leipzig -210 in this one.
2020 Results: 27-17