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We're now into three minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
BAYERN HAVE BEEN IN SAFE HANDS
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Poulsen can't carry on here after a knock, and Konate is on in his place.
LOOKING FOR A WAY
The hosts have had a few corners in the last few minutes, but Bayern's defence has been exemplary this evening. They'd be fulling deserving of a clean sheet if they can hold on.
All or nothing now for Leipzig, with Hwang on for Adams.
Martinez is on for Sane as Flick looks to secure the three points on offer. Hernandez, meanwhile, has been booked after kicking the ball away after a foul.
CAN LEIPZIG FIND A WAY THROUGH?
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It's 50-50 in terms of possession as we enter the final 10 minutes in Leipzig. Bayern are not slowing down here, with Müller the man making the most noise on the pitch to motivate his teammates.
SO LITTLE BETWEEN THEM
MÜLLER FORCES A SAVE!
Bayern are still pushing on for more here as Sane's strong pass from the right flank finds Müller in the area, and his turn onto his right foot is followed by a fierce shot across goal. Gulacsi palms that one wide of goal.
MUSIALA SLICES WIDE
Bayern break with Gnabry down the left and his cut back is left by Alaba for Musiala, but he slices his shot wide across goal having opened up his right foot looking to place the ball in the far top corner.
STORY OF THE HALF
Leipzig have had nine shots in this second half to Bayern's zero. But still, the score remains the same.
Here come the strikers as Poulsen and Sörloth come on for the final 15 minutes, replacing Olmo and Haidara.
Musiala and Gnabry bring fresh legs in midfield and attack for Bayern.
CUTTING OUT CROSSES
Without Poulsen and Sörloth on the pitch, Leipzig are lacking some attacking presence which they are making up for with further pace up front. However, Nagelsmann's side are still crossing the ball regularly, despite having smaller targets to aim for. Easy work for Bayern.
BAYERN STAYING STRONG
It's been all Leipzig so far in the second half with Gulacsi untested, but the Bayern defence up the pitch is making life difficult for the home side now. Bayern showing their experience for these big games.
The Frenchman takes a yellow card midway through the second half. He's suspended for Leipzig's trip to Bremen next week.
ALL TO PLAY FOR
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GREAT STRIKE FROM SABITZER!
It's all Leipzig here and it's becoming more a question of when Leipzig score, not if. Sabitzer hits another shot at goal from range, but this one forces Neuer into a one-handed save to push the ball over the top.
FIRST ON TARGET
Neuer is forced into a first save of the game as Olmo flicks the ball back for Sabitzer to fire at goal from range, but it bounces harmlessly towards Neuer in the Bayern goal.
The Spaniard is once again the man to shoot at Neuer's goal, but once again he's off target with his effort which hits the side-netting at the near post this time.
HUGE CHANCE FOR OLMO!
It doesn't get much more clear-cut than that for Olmo and Leipzig. A pass intended to go across the Bayern area is deflected to Olmo in front of goal, and his touch and volley should go on target from 12 yards out, but he drags his shot wide of goal.
Leipzig are almost level as Haidara's header down from a cross to the back post from Mukiele meets Sabitzer in front of goal, but he can't keep his shot on target from close range.
A half-time change for Leipzig sees Kluivert come on for Forsberg as we get the second half rolling.
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SUPERB FROM SANE!
A corner is cleared as far as Sane, 25 yards from goal. His first touch is outstanding to flick the ball up to himself before he fires a volley back at goal. Gulacsi dives low down to his left and makes a good save.
MAKING THINGS TICK
It's not a game Bayern are controlling like they may be used to more often in the Bundesliga. They're sharing possession evenly in this first half, and have produced just a single shot on target, but they lead and are keeping Leipzig quiet at the other end as well.
GORETZKA PUTS BAYERN AHEAD!
Bayern take a crucial lead before the break. It's outstanding build-up play from the league leaders as Müller is found on the right side of Leipzig's area by a ball from Kimmich. His cut back is perfectly placed for Goretzka who smashes home at the near post.
The Leipzig midfielder joins Kimmich in the book for kicking the ball away after a foul in midfield.
Sabitzer and Kimmich are the architects of their respective sides so far here.
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Bayern's midfield man is the first player in black to be cautioned for a foul on Sabitzer.
A touch of space opens up for Haidara to attack, cutting inside from the left wing. His shot is well blocked by the recovering Bayern defence, though, who have still yet to allow a shot on target.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
The Frenchman takes the first card from Daniel Siebert for a foul on Hernandez. He's now suspended for Leipzig's next game.
FIRST SHOTS ON GOAL!
Bayern get their first break of the game with Coman sent away down the left. He stands up against Orban before cutting inside, only to see his shot blocked on the edge. Choupo-Moting latched onto the loose ball, but couldn't keep his shot on target on the turn.
LEIPZIG'S HIGH LINE
The home side are keeping the pressure high as their backline - made up of Klostermann, Upamecano and Orban - is rarely dropping from the halfway line. It's making life incredibly difficult for Bayern.
BAYERN COMING FORWARD
The visitors are having some possession of their own around the Leipzig area for the first time today, with a corner of their own. It's cleared, but Bayern working their way into this game as well.
The USMNT midfielder has made a bright start here in midfield.
ADAMS INVOLVED EARLY ON
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KNOCK FOR MUKIELE
The Leipzig wing-back has taken a knock here, and is taking treatment on the sidelines while Henrichs gets warm. We'll have to see if he can continue.
The opening 10 minutes have almost exclusively been played in the Bayern half, with Leipzig keeping the pressure on the league leaders. A first corner of the game comes to nothing for Leipzig, with Neuer yet to be tested.
IT ALL COUNTS TONIGHT
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INTENSE FROM THE GET-GO
50-50 in terms of possession but most of it has come in the Bayern half in the opening minutes. Adams/Sabitzer vs. Kimmich/Goretzka is going to be a fun battle to watch in midfield.
ALL LEIPZIG TO START
The home side have been fantastic in these first few minutes, pressing Bayern in their own half and forcing mistakes at the same time.
Leipzig keep the ball from kick-off and take it up the other end to the right. A cross from Nkunku is heading for Sabitzer in the area, but he can't reach it and the whistle is blown for offside before a real chance on goal comes.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Leipzig and we are underway!
We have a short delay to kick-off here in Leipzig with a hole in the net which Neuer will be standing in front of in this first half. He's looking to fix the problem with his towel.
THE TIME HAS COME!
Will the title race continue, or will we see Bayern take one step closer to an eighth straight Bundesliga title? We're about to find out...
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WILL WE SEE A WINNER?
Each of the last four meetings between these two teams has ended in a draw.
THE BIG ONE!
Leipzig are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the Bundesliga and have picked up 22 from a possible 24 points. Bayern have won each of their last four games. A win for Bayern would take them seven points clear at the top of the table. Such a lead at this stage of the season has never been overturned.
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LEIPZIG TEAM NEWS
Just as he did in the reverse fixture, Nagelsmann decides against starting an out-and-out striker with Forsberg leading the line, supported by Olmo and Nkunku. Adams is in a central midfield role with Mukiele at right wing-back, while a three-man defence is made up of Klostermann and Orban either side of Upamecano.
BAYERN TEAM NEWS
Lewandowski has been ruled out for around four weeks with a knee injury picked up on international duty with Poland. Choupo-Moting leads the line in his stead, with Flick deciding not to switch to a fluid front four led by Gnabry - who is on the bench. Davies and Boateng are both suspended, meaning Alaba partners Süle in central defence, with Hernandez slotting in at left-back. Müller, the Bundesliga's top assist provider, scored a brace in the reverse fixture and will provide attacking support alongside Sane and Coman.
LEIPZIG STARTING XI!
Gulacsi - Klostermann, Upamecano, Orban - Mukiele, Sabitzer (c), Adams, Haidara - Nkunku, Olmo - Forsberg
Tschauner, Martinez, Konate, Poulsen, Hwang, Sörloth, Samardzic, Kluivert, Henrichs
BAYERN STARTING XI!
Neuer (c) - Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Hernandez - Kimmich, Goretzka - Sane, Müller, Coman - Choupo-Moting
Nübel, Gnabry, Martinez, Sarr, Roca, Nianzou, Dantas, Scott, Musiala
We'll have the official line-ups from both Leipzig and Bayern very soon as we countdown to what is arguably the biggest game of the campaign, at least at the top of the table.
WATCH: MÜLLER ON THE BIG GAME!
PRE-GAME TEAM NEWS
Lewandowski is not the only big-name absentee from this game. Boateng and Davies are both suspended for Bayern, while Tolisso is missing through injury. For Leipzig, the loss of Kampl to a one-match ban is a big blow, while left-sided defenders Angelino and Halstenberg are both out too.
The sides shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller on Matchday 10 in early December 2020. Leipzig took the lead in the first half through Nkunku, but efforts from Musiala and Müller turned the tie in Bayern's favour, only for Kluivert to equalise before the break. Forsberg put Nagelsmann's charges ahead early in the second half, but Müller levelled matters in the closing stages. Recap the action below.
WATCH: BAYERN 3-3 LEIPZIG
Bayern clearly had the upper hand in this fixture early on, winning four of the first five league meetings following Leipzig's promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016. Leipzig's only victory in the nine top-flight encounters to date came at home in March 2018, although they are unbeaten in their last three games against Bayern at the Red Bull Arena, while the four most recent matches have all ended in draws.
IMMOVABLE OBJECT VS UNSTOPPABLE FORCE
It's not quite Godzilla vs. King Kong - but it's close. Leipzig have the best defensive record in the Bundesliga this term with just 21 goals conceded (Bayern have shipped 35), but the league leaders have scored considerably more than anyone else (78, compared to Leipzig's 48). Who will prevail here? We take a closer look in the video below.
WATCH: ANALYSIS - BEST DEFENCE VS. BEST ATTACK
HOW MUCH WILL LEWANDOWSKI BE MISSED?
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The Bundesliga is back with a bang after the international break on Matchday 27, and this game could go a long way to deciding who ends up winning the title. Leaders Bayern have a four-point advantage currently, and it they were to extend it to seven it might prove just too big of a gap for Leipzig to claw back. Should Julian Nagelsmann's side triumph, however, then there would be just a single point separating the sides going into the final seven rounds of fixtures. All is very much to play for.
Here you will find the most important information on the game between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern München on Matchday 27 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.