Bundesliga Week 28 Preview
There’s midweek action to look forward to this week in the Bundesliga, with every team playing across the next 2 days. The highlight of the midweek fixtures is undoubtedly Der Klassiker, as Bayern travel to Dortmund on Tuesday for an early evening match. You can find our full Dortmund v Bayern betting tips on our online blog. Read on below for our thoughts on the rest of the Bundesliga games this week.
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RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin - 17:30 Wednesday 27th May
After a disappointing restart to their season, RB Leipzig bounced back with a 5-0 win away at Mainz. Just 10 minutes into the game, Timo Werner got back into form with a simple finish to put Leipzig 1-0 up. 10 minutes later, Youseff Poulsen scored his second goal in two games with a powerful, low header. Poulsen was involved again in the 3rd goal, setting up Marcel Sabitzer to put Leipzig 3-0 up before half time. After the break, Timo Werner continued to pour misery on Mainz with another two goals to complete his hattrick. That makes it 7 goals and 4 assists in 2 games against Mainz for Werner. If his form this season is anything to go by, then we could see a flurry of goals over the next few weeks.
4 goals in 26 second half minutes gave Hertha Berlin a commanding win in the Berlin derby last Friday. In the first Bundesliga Berlin derby played at Hertha’s ground, it was the home side that dominated from the start. Chance after chance went begging in the opening 45, but Hertha quickly changed that around after the break. Vedad Ibisevic opened the scoring on 51 minutes, before the lead was doubled by Dodi Lukebakio just 60 seconds later. Matheus Cunha and Dedryck Boyata added another two goals to complete the rout as Hertha looked like a side with plenty of top flight experience.
As we mentioned earlier, when Timo Werner scores, they come in batches. Now that he has started scoring again, expect him to go on a goalscoring spree that will include another goal this weekend against Hertha Berlin
Augsburg v Paderborn - 19:30 Wednesday 27th May
We backed Augsburg to cause a shock against Schalke at the weekend and they duly delivered with a 3-0 win. There’s no doubt that Schalke did their best to hand Augsburg the win, but it was still an impressive performance from the away side. Eduard Lowen opened the scoring direct from a free kick after just 6 minutes. The rest of the first half was quiet, but after the break Augburg were threatening on the counter as Schalke pushed for a goal. A second breakthrough came on 76 minutes as Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee took advantage of a Salif Sane mistake before firing into the top corner. Late on, another defensive mistake gave Sergio Cordova the perfect opportunity for 3-0, a victory that takes Augsburg another step towards survival this year.
Paderborns fixture list has largely been favourable as they look to embark on a great escape from relegation. But as of yet, Paderborn are yet to take advantage of any of the gifts that the fixture list is giving them. Against Hoffenheim, all of the game's action came within the first 10 minutes. The bottom placed side fell behind after just 3 minutes Robert Skov fired into the roof of the net from close range. 6 minutes later, Paderborn striker Dennis Srbeny scored a remarkable goal, as he took advantage of a defensive mistake and fired in from 25 yards. As with their game against Dusseldorf the previous week, Paderborn held on for most of the match, but their defensive efforts recently have to be applauded.
Paderborn might be difficult to beat at the moment, but Augsburg have looked impressive in their 2 games back. Especially back at home, we expect Augsburg to win this one quite comfortably.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Schalke 04 - 19:30 Wednesday 27th May
Dusseldorf were 5 minutes away from earning a vital 3 points, but in the end, were lucky to escape Koln with a draw. Dusseldorf started the game like the side that were comfortably mid table, rather than their opponents. Kenen Karaman gave them a deserved lead after 40 minutes, after Koln had been tested at the back. When Florian Kastenmeier’s penalty save was quickly followed by Erik Thommy doubling the away side's lead, all signs pointed to a perfect day for Dusseldorf. But, as they tried to ease the game out, 2 quickfire goals were conceded. Both goals came from right wing crosses that were converted by Koln, which points to an obvious weakness for Paderborn to explore this weekend.
We had previously mentioned that Frankfurt were the worst side since the Bundesliga restarted, but Schalke look happy to challenge for that accolade. After a 4-0 loss in the Revierderby, Schalke again fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Augsburg. It took just 6 minutes for Schalke to fall behind. Again, it can be argued that goalkeeper Markus Schubert was at fault here as his positioning wasn’t ideal for the free kick. A defensive blunder on 70 minutes gave Augsburg a 2-0 lead, this time Salif Sane and Jonjoe Kenny were to blame. Schalke shot themselves in the foot once again in injury time, as Levent Mercan lost the ball in his own half, giving Sergio Cordova a one on one chance that he easily converted. Schalke look out of sorts all across the pitch and will need a huge change if they are to get a first win in 10 games.
We’re having to pick Schalke to lose again this week. Even against a side as uninspiring as Fortuna Dusseldorf, Schalke look devoid of any confidence or quality and we can’t see them winning this weekend.
Hoffenheim v FC Koln - 19:30 Wednesday 27th May
Hoffenheim saw their slim European football chances slip away as they failed to beat bottom placed Paderborn at the weekend. Despite taking a 3rd minute lead, Hoffenheim were quickly pegged back and failed to retake the lead. Hoffenheim dominated almost every stat including possession, total shots, passes and corners. But, their lack of attacking talent came back to haunt them as they failed to make their chances count. Outside of Robert Skov, Hoffenheim aren’t half as lethal as they have been in recent years. Without a top quality striker, it’s tough to see how Hoffenheim can sustain a Europa League challenge this season.
FC Koln completed a remarkable turnaround at the weekend to rescue a 2-2 draw against Dusseldorf. Timo Horn and the Koln defence were under pressure for most of the first half, but managed to hold on until the 40th minute. Dusseldorf finally opened the scoring just before the break as Kenen Karman’s deflected effort found the bottom corner. In the second half, Koln were awarded a penalty, but Mark Uth failed to take advantage. 3 minutes later Dusseldorf doubled the lead and the game looked over. However, with 88 minutes left, Anthony Modeste bagged a consolation, before Jhon Cordoba scored a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time to keep Koln’s impressive run going.
We’re going to look at the double chance market again for this one. Although home advantage isn’t as prominent without crowds, we expect Hoffenheim to feel a bit more comfortable playing at home, although Koln can’t be written off completely.
Union Berlin v Mainz 05 - 19:30 Wednesday 27th May
The Berlin derby couldn’t have gone much worse for Union last weekend, as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Hertha Berlin. Union never got going in this match, and in truth, haven’t looked sharp since the Bundesliga resumed. In the second half against Hertha, Union Berlin conceded 4 goals and always looked a step behind their opponents. They failed to register a single shot on target and were well behind in possession as well. Although Union have impressed at times this season, they will still have one eye on the relegation zone heading into this weekend.
Mainz defenders must have nightmares about RB Leipzig at this point. In the 2 games they have played against Leipzig, 13 goals have been conceded. When watching the games, it’s clear to see why Mainz have struggled. Quick attacking, constant pressure and just a clear difference in quality were all on show. From start to finish, Timo Werner was the stand out player on the pitch, but Mainz failed to pick him up at any point. It’s no surprise he has had huge success against them in his career. Against Union Berlin, Mainz’s defence needs to sharpen up if they are to have any chance of a win.
Both of these sides ship goals for fun. Although they might not be the most potent goalscorers, the poor defence of both sides could lead to a goal fest on Wednesday evening.