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Match preview: Bayern Munich in Crisis as Leipzig Visit for Key Clash

Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich have endured a horror month of February, with three consecutive defeats in all competitions prompting midfielder Leon Goretzka to describe the situation as a “never-ending horror film.”

The Bavarian giants are now out of sorts in the Champions League and trail Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen by eight points. Tuchel will leave the club at the end of the season amid growing unrest in Bavaria.

Losing the Bundesliga title after a run of 11 consecutive triumphs seems unthinkable, but it is becoming a very real possibility this season. Bayern must end a three-match winless run in the league against second-placed RB Leipzig to stay within touching distance of Leverkusen.

Their hopes of doing so should be boosted by the fact that they have won eight of their last nine home league matches (8W, 1D), with Bayern scoring at least three goals in seven of those victories.

RB Leipzig have also lost their Champions League first leg, but they will be in a much better frame of mind than their hosts heading into this game given their recent league form (2W, 1D).

Ten points adrift of Bayern, the “Red Bulls” have the chance to move into the top four, at least temporarily, with a victory.

Tragically, football took a backseat last weekend when a Leipzig fan died in the stands before their 2-0 win over Gladbach.

One of the goalscorers in that match, Lois Openda, was the first to pay tribute in his post-match interviews, and he will be hoping to inspire his team-mates to end a poor run of three away games without a win (2D, 1L).

Interestingly, the Red Bulls have scored five times in those three winless matches, suggesting that their problem lies in defense. While that may be a concern for Leipzig, it makes for exciting viewing for the neutral, with their away league games this season averaging 3.6 goals per game.

Players to watch: Thomas Müller scored in Bayern’s last Bundesliga win over Leipzig over two years ago and he boasts an impressive average of 0.58 goal contributions per game in this fixture (3 goals, 4 assists).

Lois Openda opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw earlier this season, but only one of his last five goals has been the first of the game.

Hot stat: Bayern have won just 46.7% of their Bundesliga meetings with Leipzig (7W, 6D, 2L) – their lowest win rate against any current top-flight side.

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