By News Team
Last Updated: 5th June 2020
The Bundesliga enjoyed another successful weekend following its return and we’ve got yet more action to sink our teeth into with midweek fixtures taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Below we preview the key action, including a top-of-the-table clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Can Dortmund close the gap on Bayern in Der Klassiker?
Bayern travel to the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday evening to face Dortmund in a clash that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the Bundesliga title. With both sides winning their last two games since the Bundesliga resumption, just four points separates league leaders Bayern and second-placed Dortmund. Victory for the reigning champions and a 29th title – their eighth on the bounce – will be well in their sights; three points for Lucien Favre’s side and the title race is well and truly on.
With both clubs winning their last six games, Tuesday’s clash is perfectly set up. It’s Bayern, though, who head into the game as the 10/11 favourites. They were certainly the more impressive of the two sides last time out, running riot against Eintracht Frankfurt in a 5-2 win on Saturday. Hans Flick’s men were relentless in attack, while Robert Lewandowski netted his 27th league goal of the season, making him the joint-top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues with Ciro Immobile.
Dortmund will still be confident of securing a result following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over European hopefuls Wolfsburg, but the reality is they’ll need to up their game against Bayern considerably. While the likes of Achraf Hakimi, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt all linked up impressively at times, in the second half in particular, Dortmund struggled to impose themselves as much as they would have liked. A team as strong as Bayern would have punished them.
That’s certainly what they did the last time these two met, when Bayern ran out 4-0 winners as Lewandowski netted a brace. Dortmund though, who are 5/2 for the victory here, can take heart from their superior record at home in the Bundesliga against Bayern, winning 16 games to their opponents’ 15. Favre’s side may also be boosted by Mats Hummels and Axel Witsel’s return to fitness, while Jadon Sancho is also pressing for a start.
Dortmund are in for a tough night, but they should have enough about them based on recent weeks to hang on in there. A draw with Both Teams to Score is 10/3, although it won’t be the result Dortmund fans will want.
Havertz to lead Leverkusen to another victory
The Bundesliga’s other standout game this round also takes place on Tuesday as Bayer Leverkusen host Wolfsburg at the BayArena as fourth faces sixth. Don’t let the two places between these sides fool you, however, as Leverkusen boast a 14-point lead over Oliver Glasner’s side.
That gap is reflected in the differing recent form between the two clubs; while Leverkusen have won five out of their last six, leaving them just four points behind second-placed Dortmund, Wolfsburg have picked up just one win from their last four, leaving them in serious danger of missing out on European qualification.
Key for Leverkusen this season, and particularly since the Bundesliga has resumed, has been Kai Havertz. The attacking midfielder, who has been reportedly linked with big-money moves to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea this summer, has been one of the division’s standout players and has netted braces in Leverkusen’s last two games: a 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach and 4-1 win against Werder Bremen.