By News Team
Last Updated: 5th June 2020
It’s all systems go in the Bundesliga after a dramatic midweek set of fixtures saw Bayern Munich open up an imposing seven-point lead at the top after a hard-fought victory over title rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The top tier in German football rolls on and there’s another action-packed weekend of fixtures to look forward to. Here’s our look ahead to the pick of the matches.
Leverkusen can get back to winning ways
Although it was fifth against sixth, there were a sizeable 14 points between Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga table when they took on each other on Wednesday. However, it was the lower-placed Wolfsburg who came out on top with an impressive 4-1 away victory.
It was a result that was definitely unexpected given Leverkusen’s strong start since the league’s resumption and they’ll want to get back to winning ways quickly as they seek a spot in the Champions League places. They are equal on points with fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, but trail on goal difference ahead of their fixture at Freiburg on Friday.
Their opponents aren’t in good form. They’ve won just one of their last eight, although they did play out a very entertaining 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt last time out. They enjoyed a very strong start to the season, but as those recent results show, they’ve slightly gone off the boil with little to play for now. The hosts are 15/4 for an 11th victory of the season here.
Leverkusen should be confident of getting back to winning ways. Unlike their hosts, they’ve got lots to play for the rest of the season, while Freiburg seem to be already thinking about next year’s campaign. If you ignore Wednesday’s defeat, Leverkusen had won all but one of their past seven league matches.
Freiburg, meanwhile, don’t tend to score many goals. In fact, there are just six teams who have scored less goals than them in Germany’s top tier. Taking this into account, Leverkusen should be good enough to get the win here at 7/10, though it might be a game lacking in goalmouth action.
Expect a goal fest at the Allianz
As mentioned, it all looks very rosy for Bayern at the top of the table. Having weathered an early Dortmund storm, they were able to grind out a narrow win on Tuesday thanks to an audacious chip from Joshua Kimmich. The crucial win means the reigning champions are well on course for an astonishing eighth successive Bundesliga title and it now looks virtually impossible that any other side will stop them.
They face Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday evening who, like their hosts, are unbeaten since the league restarted. Draws against Cologne and Paderborn were followed by an impressive victory over Schalke on Wednesday and their improved form has given them hope of survival. They now sit just one point behind Mainz in 16th and will be keen to keep things going and avoid the play-off game against the side that finish third in 2. Bundesliga.
However, recent results between these two suggest that might be rather optimistic. In the past six meetings between the two clubs, there have been an average of five goals per game, with Bayern victorious by an aggregate of 24 goals. Although the leaders only won by a solitary goal against Dortmund, they played some really nice football going forward, particularly in the second half, and against a leaky defence like Dusseldorf’s you can expect them to create plenty at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, Bayern are just 1/16 for victory here and with that not offering a betting proposition, the goals market looks the way to go. Given the number of goals in previous encounters, over 3.5 goals is at 1/2, while over 4.5 goals is at 6/5.