Bundesliga Week 26
After weeks of suspensions and postponements around Europe, the Bundesliga is set to be the first league to return on 16th May. As expected, all matches will be played behind closed doors, with all players tested well in advance of them taking part. The Bundesliga has 9 matches left to play in it’s regular season, and could easily lead the way in terms of getting sport back up and running.
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Borussia Dortmund v FC Schalke
There aren’t many fixtures that could welcome back European football better than Borussia Dortmund v FC Schalke. The Revierderby is one of the biggest derbies in Germany, and although there won’t be any fans in place, it will still be a feisty game.
Dortmund are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent times and boasts an attacking lineup of Haaland, Sancho, Reus, Brandt and more. Against a Schalke defence that is the worst in the top 8, they could have a field day. Schalke are by no means a poor side, but they are one of a close group of sides challenging for a final Europa League slot and can’t compare to Dortmund at the moment.
With all the being said, we are backing Dortmund to win and score over 3.5 goals against Schalke.
RB Leipzig v Freiburg
Since being promoted to the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig have quickly established themselves as a top of the table side. Led by Timo Werner, RB Leipzig have some of the most exciting young talent of any side in Europe. Their defence is also surprisingly effective, conceding a league low of just 26 goals in 25 matches.
Similarly to Schalke, Freiburg are one of a group of sides that are currently challenging for a Europa League spot. However, they struggled for form since the winter break, picking up just 10 points from an available 24. Goalscoring has been their biggest problem, with top scorer Nils Petersen only picking up 8 goals this term.
Against an impressive Leipzig defence, it will take a moment of magic for Freiburg to break through. We are backing Leipzig to win to nil in this one, at odds of 11/10.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach
Last season this might have been one of the most interesting matches of the season, but Frankfurt have suffered from the loss of their big stars. Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic and Sebastian Haller all left the side last summer. The departures have left Frankfurt with a 41 goal hole in their side that has not been filled this year.
Borussia Monchengladbach on the other hand are enjoying another successful season. In recent years, they have established themselves as a top 4 side in the Bundesliga and have survived with losing players year on year. This season, young talent Marcus Thuram has been the shining star. They should be nailed on for a European place next season.
Monchengladbach look all but set for a European place, but still need a couple of wins to secure that spot. Expect them to come out of the gates flying and pick up a win against Frankfurt.
SV Werder Bremen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Werder Bremen are one of the few sides who might have been grateful for another mid season break. Bremen were in the middle of a 6 game winless streak and languished in the relegation zone. Bremen have only won twice since September and look destined to end up in 2.Bundesliga for the first time since 1981.
Bayer Leverkusen are the next side who will be hoping to pile the misery onto Werder Bremen. After failing to challenge at the top for a number of years, Bayer Leverkusen are enjoying one of their more successful seasons in recent times. Leverkusen find themselves in 5th, 10 points clear of Schalke that all but confirms their place in next year's Europa League. A mix of youth and experience has created a promising result that will have Leverkusen fans looking to the future.
Bremen might be the home side here, but we can’t see any chance of a result. Leverkusen should make this an easy 3 points with a win and a clean sheet.
Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin
Both of these sides have experienced European football in recent years, but it would be a surprise if either were to make their way into the Europa League in 2020. Hoffenheim haven’t looked as threatening since losing Julien Nagelsmann. 3 of their first XI were also lost last summer, but they were seemingly all replaced. Before the break, they were without a win in 5 matches so will look for a more positive outcome when the season resumes.
Hertha Berlin are a bit further down the table, just 6 points outside of the relegation zone. Reinforcements were brought in in January, including Krzystof Piatek, as relegation started to look a real possibility. When they return, they will also be without Salomon Kalou, who failed to follow social distancing rules as Hertha returned to training at the start of May. Without one of their best attackers, they will find it tough against Hoffenheim.
With Hertha seemingly all out of sorts, this is a perfect chance for Hoffenheim to bounce back. They should pick up the 3 points, but it will also be a close affair with under 2.5 goals.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v SC Paderborn
This fixture might not look the most exciting, but it could be a crucial game in the fight to avoid relegation. Fortuna Dusseldorf currently sit 16th, the Bundesliga’s relegation play off place. Fortuna were actually in good form ahead of the mid-season break, drawing twice and winning in their last 3 games. However, they are the lowest scorers in the Bundesliga and when looking at their forward line, it’s clear to see their struggles.
SC Paderborn will be fighting for their lives as they lie bottom of the table and 10 points from safety. They have struggled all season since promotion last year, including conceding over 2 goals a game on average. One of their few wins this season did come against Dusseldorf however. The ability to beat teams around them will prove crucial in the run in to the end of the season.
SC Paderborn know that they need to win this game to have any chance of survival. With plenty of time to gear themselves up for the game, we are backing them to beat Dusseldorf and restore some hope of survival.
FC Augsburg v VfL Wolfsburg
Augsburg are another side that was in Europe just a few years ago, but has seen a huge decline. As things stand, Augsburg are just 5 points clear of relegation so need to pick up any points they can. They were actually comfortably mid table, but the traditional winter break halted their good form. Since January 18th, Augsburg has only picked up 4 points and still have some tough fixtures left to play.
Wolfsburg might be on the cusp of a European place, but their matches have been far from exciting this season. Their games have seen the lowest amount of goals in the whole league. Their defence can take some credit for that conceding just 30 goals. But, going forward, they are amongst the lowest scorers in the league.
With Augsburg’s struggles, and Wolfburg’s pattern of low scoring games, we are backing Wolfsburg to win by the odd goal in a close fought game.
FC Koln v Mainz 05
Up until December, Koln looked like they were dead set for relegation to the 2.Bundesliga. But, since then they have won 8 of their last 11 games and are now comfortable in 10th. The turnaround has been built around their defence, which features national players like Timo Horn and Jonas Hector. The core of this Koln side remained at the club through their relegation, so it’s clear that they have the team spirit to survive this year.
Mainz have had one of the most inconsistent seasons in the Bundesliga. From losing 8-0 at Leipzig and 6-1 at Bayern, to winning 5-1 at Hoffenheim and 5-0 a Werder Bremen, Mainz just can’t get any sort of form together. This inconsistency has left them languishing closer to the relegation zone than they rightfully should be.
There’s no telling which Mainz side will turn up, but they have the quality to pull off a result. Their most impressive wins have come on the road against the odds, so we are backing a Mainz win in an entertaining game here.
Union Berlin v Bayern Munich
Union Berlin have taken the Bundesliga by storm since being promoted last season. Their passionate fanbase had helped take the club up into 11th in the table before the season was postponed. Their squad has very few recognisable names, but they have managed to keep themselves out of relegation trouble, with wins against Dortmund and Monchengladbach along the way.
Against Bayern Munich however, Union Berlin will face a completely different challenge. Bayern have been as dominant as ever, despite having their poorest season over the last 7 years. Manager Hans Dieter Flick was appointed interim manager on 4th November however, and Bayern have won 12 of 15 games since. They only sit 4 points above Dortmund in the table, but another title win looks inevitable.
If Bayern are to win an 8th successive Bundesliga, then they need to win these types of matches. The quality between the sides is massive and this should show with a high scoring Bayern display.