Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig Preview

The Bundesliga is back this weekend and Borussia Dortmund are preparing to welcome RB Leipzig in what looks set to be the clash of the round.

Duo set out to do better

Dortmund and Leipzig will both be hoping to improve on disappointing seasons last term and will look to set the tone for their campaign on Sunday.

BVB eventually rescued a Champions League spot, while Leipzig could only finish in sixth place and have had to settle for Europa League action.

Dortmund need to step up

Die Schwarzgelben, now under the charge of Lucian Favre, appeared to have adjusted well to the mid-season loss of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but in the final weeks of the season, won only two of their last seven games.

Where the goals are going to come from this term remains a big question, with BVB still chasing a signing or two to bolster their frontline.

Midfield recruit Axel Witzel, 3.20 to score at any time against Leipzig, is more of a defensive player, but he may have to step up to help the goals flow.

Leipzig already under way

Leipzig have already played no fewer than six games already this season and are in the middle of their third Europa League tie, so whether they may already be slightly fatigued will be interesting to see.

Young French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin has one goal to his name so far this term, but bear in mind he scored in both meetings with BVB last season and at 3.00 to score at any time could be worth following, especially if late deals for forwards fail to materialise.

Ralf Rangnick has stepped back into the breach as head coach, but with the highly-rated Julian Nagelsmann having agreed to take over next season, the signs are clear that Leipzig will be desperate to try and ensure a Champions League return.

Retaining Timo Werner is a major help, although the striker may need some time to get going after a dismal showing with Germany at the World Cup.

He is 2.10 to score at any time against Dortmund and a goal early on in the Bundesliga season would be a major boost to a player who must have suffered a drop in confidence.

BVB may have the edge

Last season this fixture ended 3-2 to the visitors, in a game which saw both sides finish with ten men, but you can expect a tighter encounter this time around.

Dortmund may just have the edge and offer decent prospects at 3.65 to win the game by a one-goal margin, while if you are feeling brave, then the hosts to win to zero at 3.50 might catch your eye.

The loss of key defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Arsenal could yet prove to have unbalanced the BVB backline and coach Favre will be keen to see how his side adjust.

Pressure on Favre

With Dortmund having only finished fourth last term, the Swiss tactician will want to see an improvement and his job is made a little harder by Die Schwarzgelben being highly fancied to finish top of the standings without Bayern Munich.

At 1.76 to end in second place, they are strong leaders of that market and anything less could see Favre come under significant pressure.