Bayern prepares for summit battle as Dortmund slips up again

FC Bayern Munich will host second-placed RB Leipzig on Wednesday in their final league match of the year.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who missed the 1-0 win over Darmstadt 98, was ruled fit along with Philipp Lahm who also missed Saturday’s match.

“Robben is ok. Lahm is ok. They trained today, there’s no problem,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti in the pre-match press conference. “Tomorrow we need all our important players!”

“They (RB Leipzig) are a young team, playing with a lot of enthusiasm. We will not change much. Our aim is to win the game and for that we need the right balance between our own lines.”

The Bavarian club is on 36 points and stay ahead of promoted Leipzig on goal difference. A draw or a win will be enough for the champions to secure top spot until the league resumes on 20 January after the winter break. Leipzig, who broke almost every record for Bundesliga newcomers, had raced to 11 wins out of 15 matches, losing only once.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund drew their third game in a row as Augsburg secured a 1-1 result away at the Westfalenstadion.

Ji Dong-Won put Augsburg in front, but Ousmane Dembele’s strike was not enough for the Westphalians to take more than just a point in front of their own fans.

While Dembele’s goal ensured that Dortmund ended 2016 unbeaten at home, the result left them nine points adrift of the Bundesliga leaders as Thomas Tuchel’s side missed a stack of chances against Augsburg, who were five points away from the relegation zone.

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