The fixture planners have reserved a particular treat to bring the curtain down on Matchday 21 in the Bundesliga, with first facing second as defending champions Bayern Munich host title challengers RB Leipzig.

While the fixture list is actually drawn using a random process, it does occasionally throw up games which, in the context of the current league table, could not create more excitement if it tried. This cracker really adds the gravy to the Sunday roast.

Granted, by the time Bayern and Leipzig take to the field at the Allianz Arena on Sunday evening, they may no longer be clinging onto the top two rungs on the Bundesliga ladder. As the anticipation mounts with the weekend approaching, though, there can be no mistaking that this is a top-of-the-table clash that could have significant consequences. analyses how the champions and challengers compare coming into this mesmerising match.

Goals, goals, goals

With 111 goals in their 40 games combined this season, Bayern and Leipzig are certainly not shy in front of goal. The record champions edge that particular statistic with 58 – the joint-best return of all time at this juncture after Werder Bremen in 1985/86 – but Leipzig’s 53, at an average of 2.65 per game, is a figure they too can be proud of. With Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner in the ranks, posting such figures is understandable. Those 111 goals, however, have been spread across the shoulders of 26 different players – 13 in each squad – emphasising how the entire teams have played their part in an unprecedented flurry of success.

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