Bayern Munich may be striding away towards an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title but the race for European places is hotting up.
Bayern appeared to have struck a decisive blow in the standings with their 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, and they followed that pivotal success up with a 5-0 destruction of relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Those back-to-back wins – Bayern have in fact won eight on the bounce in the league – have all-but signalled the end to questions over where the title will end up, with the faltering challengers left to secure Champions League football for next season.
Four does not go into three so one team will be disappointed come the end of the campaign, with RB Leipzig looking to kickstart their run to the season’s end after a less-than-scintillating return to action from the coronavirus-enforced break.
Although Die Roten Bullen are unbeaten in three games since the league’s resumption, successive home draws – 1-1 against Freiburg and 2-2 against Hertha Berlin – ended their title challenge.
The good news for Julian Nagelsmann (pictured) and Leipzig fans, particularly given the home struggles for most in the Bundesliga, is the fact that they are away from the Red Bull Arena on Monday night as they look to consolidate their position in the top four.
Their sole game on the road since the action resumed was a facile 5-0 win at Mainz last weekend, and they are expected to make it two from two as they are priced at 4/7 to secure the three points.
FC Koln have been a little inconsistent this season, no surprise given their mid-table position, winning six and losing five of their 14 games at the Rhein Energie Stadion.
Alexander Wehrle’s men are also enduring a difficult run of form, winless in their last four games either side of the break, and they are not expected to improve those stats at 9/2 in the match betting.
The 7/2 price for the draw seems a little big but the home side share the current lowest tally of four draws this season, so expect a positive result one way or the other.
Goals look to be on the agenda as well as the Billy Goats are the second highest scorers outside the top five, as well as leaking 52, while there have been more than three goals scored in their last 11 games.
Leipzig having also wracked up the third best tally in the division, 70 in 28 games, and Timo Werner will be looking to showcase his credentials once again, having been strongly linked with a move this summer.
The Germany international bagged a hat-trick in that 5-0 win over Mainz to take his season’s tally to 24 in the Bundesliga, five goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
Werner is 9/4 to score the first goal on Monday, and 4/6 anytime, while Leipzig to win and over 2.5 goals is priced at 19/20.