RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich tip preview: Goalfest possible at Red Bull Arena as Bundesliga reboots

Ahead Bundesliga's return, Tipstrr football expert Paul Bathurst assesses the prospects of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich, who kickstart the weekend with a tasty Friday night clash.

After more than two months without domestic top-flight football in Germany, the Bundesliga returns to action with a mouth-watering clash on Friday night.

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich will hope to extend their lead at the summit with a difficult trip to third-placed RB Leipzig, who are unbeaten in eight games. 

Since the Bundesliga action paused back in mid-November, both of these sides have suffered vital injuries.

Following Germany's shock group stage exit in Qatar, legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer suffered a broken leg in a freak skiing accident, so he will be missing for the foreseeable future, with Sven Ulreich his replacement.

Centre-back Lucas Hernandez is also out after rupturing his cruciate ligament 13 minutes into France's opening World Cup game against Australia, while major summer signing Sadio Mane is still injured after damaging his fibula just before the break.

Like Bayern, Leipzig's first choice goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is also still out with a serious knee Injury, so Janis Blaswich will start between the posts, while defenders David Raum and Abdou Diallo both remain doubts.

Christopher Nkunku heartbreakingly endured a torn knee ligament at the France World Cup training camp just days before the tournament began. Having agreed to join Chelsea in the summer, Nkunku has been Leipzig's talisman for a couple of seasons now, putting up incredible goals and assists stats throughout his stint in Germany.

Why do goals look likely?

Firstly, these two teams rank first and second in xG terms, and they've backed that up with Bayern scoring 49 times across 15 matches this season, while Leipzig have also found the net an impressive 30 times.

Asian firms opened the Over 3.25 goal market at a price of around 8/11, and since then, with the various aforementioned injuries, the Under market has been backed heavily, meaning Over 3.25 now stands at roughly 10/11.

Despite Leipzig missing their chief creator in Nkunku, a front four of Olmo, Szoboszlai, Forsberg and Andre Silva is sure to cause issues for the high line of Bayern Munich.

Without Manuel Neuer being able to perform his famed role as 'sweeper keeper', Leipzig manager Marco Rose should look to target the huge space left behind the Bayern back four at every opportunity.

Bayern will always cause huge issues for any side, and Jamal Musiala is likely to be at the heart of anything positive for Nagelsmann's side.

The young German star has netted nine Bundesliga goals, while also providing six assists already this campaign.

Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Eric Choupo-Moting are likely to make up the rest of a lively front four. Sane got on the scoresheet during a 4-4 draw last week in a friendly against RB Leipzig's sister club, Red Bull Salzburg.

Nine of Leipzig's last 11 matches have seen at least three goals with both sides scoring in six of the last seven, while Bayern Munich's last eight Bundesliga matches have seen 37 goals.

With the drift in the overs markets, 10/11 on Over 3.25 goals appears to be a valuable market entry point. This game should see chances galore on both sides, with a high scoreline a likely result.

Paul Bathurst provides football tips as Soccer Sharp on the Tipstrr platform

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