sport news Can RB Leipzig keep Bayern Munich at bay again in Bundesliga summit meeting?

In Hansi Flick's 53 competitive matches in charge of Bayern Munich, only one team has succeeded in stopping them from scoring a goal.

That was RB Leipzig, who earned a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena back on February 9, the one blip in the 30-match unbeaten run from December 11 that saw Flick's Bayern win a historic Treble. They won the other 29 games.

And given that Bayern scored 96 goals during that run - an average of 3.2 per match - Leipzig's defensive effort in that game look positively Herculean.

Bayern Munich continue to march on and remain the team to beat after last season's Treble

Bayern Munich continue to march on and remain the team to beat after last season's Treble

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But this weekend, RB Leipzig, the pretenders to their Bundesliga crown, fancy their chances

But this weekend, RB Leipzig, the pretenders to their Bundesliga crown, fancy their chances

How the Bundesliga top four looks ahead of the matchday 10 fixtures with Bayern top and currently two points ahead of RB Leipzig

How the Bundesliga top four looks ahead of the matchday 10 fixtures with Bayern top and currently two points ahead of RB Leipzig

It's such crumbs of comfort that Bayern's challengers cling on to sometimes, but as Leipzig prepare to make the trip to Bavaria again this Saturday, as their closest Bundesliga challengers, they do so believing there are fallibilities to exploit.

Sure, Bayern do occupy their familiar position at the top of the Bundesliga. Sure, they did qualify from their Champions League group with consummate ease. But their rivals think Flick's all-conquering side are there for the taking - for now anyway.

The hope at the beginning of the campaign was that Bayern - whose 2019-20 campaign ended with the Champions League final on August 23 and whose 2020-21 season commenced just 27 days later on September 18 - would at some point see fatigue overtake them.

As well as the triple demands of defending the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League, they must participate in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar in February.

While being crowned champions of the world will be appealing for Bayern, the tournament is something of a nuisance at a pivotal stage of the season.

The two teams drew 0-0 in Munich back in February - this is the only competitive match in which Bayern have failed to score during Hansi Flick's 53 games in charge

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The two teams drew 0-0 in Munich back in February - this is the only competitive match in which Bayern have failed to score during Hansi Flick's 53 games in charge

Having won the Treble last season, it falls to Flick to keep his Bayern side top of the pile

Having won the Treble last season, it falls to Flick to keep his Bayern side top of the pile

Flick will certainly hope his team have a substantial lead at the top of the league table, and a favourable draw in the last-16 of the Champions League, when they depart for the Middle-East. If they don't, it will just be an exhausting side-show.

While there have been ominous signs that Bayern's ruthless domination will continue - the 8-0 spanking of hapless Schalke on the opening night, a 4-0 drubbing of Atletico Madrid, 5-0 hammering of Eintracht Frankfurt, a 6-2 win away to Leipzig's sister club Red Bull Salzburg, and a 3-2 win at rivals - there have been some shaky moments too.

The 4-1 loss at Hoffenheim back in September was a shock scoreline but probably a cathartic result that needed to happen to Bayern and their winning run.

In the recent 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen, they were indebted to the saves of Manuel Neuer to earn a point after falling behind.

Robert Lewandowski looks as good as ever, with 15 goals so far this season in all competitions

Robert Lewandowski looks as good as ever, with 15 goals so far this season in all competitions

Bayern have already beaten one title rival, Borussia Dortmund, this season and will hope to beat another when Leipzig come to the Allianz Arena

Bayern have already beaten one title rival, , this season and will hope to beat another when Leipzig come to the Allianz Arena

Watching brief 

BAYERN MUNICH vs RB LEIPZIG

Saturday 5.30pm UK time

Live on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate 

Probable line-ups

Bayern Munich: Neuer (c); Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Hernandez; Martinez, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Coman; Lewandowski 

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Konate, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Sabitzer (c), Kampl, Angelino; Olmo, Nkunku - Poulsen

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