This coming weekend, one of the top European football leagues will return to action as the 18-team Bundesliga returns. With most teams having played 25 games of their 34-match season (just a couple have played 24), there are around nine games left for most to get through over the coming weeks in order to complete this extended season.
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Let’s now give you a brief recap of how the Bundesliga season has gone, before we bring you our quick tips for this weekend’s Bundesliga games.
Bundesliga Season 2019-20 So Far
This season’s Bundesliga has seen the league divided up into three distinct section after25 games of the season so far. At the top of the table there are essentially five teams battling it out for either the title, or at the very least one of the four Champions League places.
Bayern lead the way with 55 points ahead of Dortmund on 51 with Leipzig on 50 and Borussia Moenchengladbach on 49. Leverkusen are two points off Borussia on 47. All five of these teams will feel that they stand a chance of at least a Champions League place, if not the Bundesliga title over the last nine weeks of the season.
Behind those teams from 6th placed Schalke down to 11th placed Union Berlin, these teams will feel that they have a chance of a Europa League spot with just seven points between them all. This includes teams like Wolfsburg, Freiburg, Hoffenheim and Cologne too.
Underneath those teams are those who are looking back at the relegation zone with a bit of trepidation including all teams below 30 points so far, Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin, Ausgburg, Mainz, Dusseldorf, Werder Bremen and Paderborn. Bremen and Paderborn occupy the bottom two relegation spots and they are eight and ten points from safety respectively heading into the season resumption this weekend.
In the Bundesliga, the team third from bottom enters a relegation playoff with the team finishing third in Bundesliga II and the winner of that tie will play in the Bundesliga next season, with the loser back in the Bundesliga II. At the moment, Fortuna Dusseldorf occupy that spot and they are four points behind Mainz above them.
Bundesliga Weekend Fixtures – Matchday 26
FC Augsburg v Vfl Wolfsburg – Wolfsburg to win and both teams to score – 7/2
Wolfsburg were in good form heading into the break, while Augsburg were struggling and had just replaced their manager. Wolfsburg are pushing hard for a European spot and I think they will do enough to claim three points towards that goal here.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 – Dortmund to win and both teams to score – 11/5
A big derby game in the Rhineland, and in recent years Schalke have had the better of this fixture, winning one and drawing one of the two games played in Dortmund. However with Sancho and Haaland in their attack, I feel Dortmund will have far too much for their rivals here.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn – Dusseldorf to win to nil – 11/4
A relegation battle that is a true six-pointer, both these teams will see this as a must-win game. Dusseldorf had found some better form heading into the break and I am backing them to keep that going with a win.
Red Bull Leipzig v SC Freiburg – Red Bull to win 3-0 – 15/2
The break came at a good time for Leipzig who had lost form in the Bundesliga in the weeks prior. Freiburg are a decent side and sit in a deserved 8th place in the table, but having had time to regroup, I am backing the home team to land a solid win in this game.
TSG Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin – Draw – 13/5
Two sides who would have wanted more from the season, although Hoffenheim have not done too badly. Hertha Berlin know they need to pick up points and I think they could do just enough to earn a share of the spoils here on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Moenchengladbach – Draw – 13/2
The evening game on Saturday is a cracker a Frankfurt seek to get back to some semblance of the form they showed last season against a top four-chasing Bayer Leverkusen. A few weeks ago, I’d have backed Bayer here, but now I think Frankfurt may do enough to claim a draw.
FC Cologne v FSV Mainz – Cologne to win – 19/20
Cologe have had a solid campaign after earning promotion at the first time of asking last season. Mainz have struggled for any sort of consistency this time around and are just outside the relegation zone. This will likely be another tough afternoon for them on Sunday.
Union Berlin v Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich to win 4-0 – 10/1
Bayern Munich were the form team heading into the break and had established a good lead at the top of the table. Union Berlin are dangerous from set pieces but even so, Bayern will have far too much quality in all areas of the pitch to let anything slip here and I expect a clinical performance from them.
Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen – Leverkusen to win to nil – 9/4
Bremen’s struggled have seen them really drop off the pace and they lie in the relegation zone in real trouble. With Leverkusen challenging for the top four and not out of the title race just yet, I expect the visitors to pick up all the available points in this one.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 10.25am on Tuesday 12th May 2020.