Dortmund v RB Leipzig / German Bundesliga / Round 8 / 14.10.2017

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Signal Iduna park hosts a fixture that lately promises so much in terms of football and entertainment and league standings. On 14th Oct Saturday we will witness two German giants go head to head against each other. The recent demise of Bayern has helped other clubs to put on a show and make the league more interesting rather than a one horse race it has been since some years. There isn’t much of a history between these clubs as these sides have met on very few occasions. Both the sides have met on just two occasions with both sides winning a fixture each.

Dortmund lately has been in some brilliant form domestically as they sit top of the table with 19 points having a 5 points gap between them and rest of the Bundesliga contenders. Dortmund has scored 21 goals in the process while conceding just 2. Peter Bosz has really got hold of this side very quickly and has transformed his ideas to his players completely. They are that usual attacking side that they are recognized for. Dortmund’s defense was always questionable under Klopp or Tuchel but it seems as if Bosz has found the key to hold and gel the defense and a number of goals they have conceded in the league accounts for that. Their main man is Aubameyang who has been their talisman for some years now. This season Aubameyang is yet again the top scorer with 8 goals averaging 78 minutes per goal which is a really scary stat if you are facing him. Dortmund has such good squad depth that even the departure of Ousmane Dembele didn’t hurt them the way you would usually expect to. 

RB Leipzig is a club that doesn't offer a lot of history, as it was just found in 2009 but since its formation, it has only been an uphill journey for the young ones. Their journey only consists of promotions from a lower league to higher and eventually to Bundesliga where they finished as Runners-up last time. That is some story for a newly found club. Their defence has been fragile and that’s the only reason perhaps they sit at the 3rd spot on the table alongside Bayern Munich on 14 pts. Their fluent style of play accounts for the success they recently have enjoyed. Their main man is Timo Werner who has scored 5 goals in the league sitting right behind Aubameyang and Lewandowski, no wonder all the European giants are looking for his signature.

This fixture is huge in a lot of terms. Dortmund needs to win this one to emphasize their superiority over the table and extend the gap between them and other chasing clubs. They need this title as badly as they can even imagine since they haven’t won the league title since 2011-12 campaign. Leipzig on other hand want a hand on trophy to create history and write a story of a club that will be told for generations to come.