Leipzig out to de­fend top spot

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RB LEIPZIG are de­ter­mined to de­fend their hard­earned sta­tus as the new Bun­desliga lead­ers with a win at Freiburg to­day to pile the pres­sure on fal­ter­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Leipzig went top last Fri­day with a 3-2 win at Bayer Lev­erkusen, set­ting a new Bun­desliga record in the process. No club has gone un­beaten in their first 11 Ger­man league games af­ter pro­mo­tion.

Leipzig are three points clear of sec­ond-placed Bay­ern, and can add ex­tra pres­sure by go­ing six points clear at Freiburg.

Bay­ern host Bayer Lev­erkusen to­mor­row at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena look­ing to bounce back from straight de­feats.

Bay­ern are set to host Leipzig on De­cem­ber 21 in what is shap­ing up to be a pre-Christ­mas show­down.

One big fac­tor in Leipzig’s favour this sea­son is that, hav­ing ex­ited the Ger­man Cup in the first round, they are only in­volved in the Bun­desliga.

In con­trast, Bay­ern are busy with the Cham­pi­ons League, Bun­desliga and Ger­man Cup.

Freiburg are no pushovers at their Sch­warzwald Sta­dium, win­ning four of their five home games this sea­son.

Leipzig will be with­out ex-Ger­many de­fender Marvin Comp­per, who has an an­kle in­jury, with Greece’s Kyr­i­akos Pa­padopou­los or wing­back Ste­fan Il­sanker to deputise.

Aus­tria for­ward Mar­cel Sab­itzer (head in­jury) and Guinea mid­fielder Naby Keita (foot prob­lems) are also out. – AFP

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