German football is no longer the only major league underway in Europe, courtesy of the resumption of La Liga (read our La Liga preview here). But that doesn’t mean that the focus turns away from Bundesliga, as German teams prepare themselves for their 31st round of fixtures.
With only four matches left, managers and players will be feeling the pressure; the value of taking three points is at an all-time high. Read on as we shed light on a tight fight for European league places and a final sprint for silverware by the league leaders.
Five wins, 15 points and 17 goals since the restart have placed Bayern Munich firmly atop the pack in the Bundesliga. The Bavarians welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to the Allianz arena this weekend, knowing that they are only a few points away from another record-breaking, title-claiming season. Hans-Dieter Flick will look to his Polish striker Robert Lewandowski to continue his immense form and seal maximum points for Bayern Munich.
Following a shock 1-0 defeat to Freiburg last Friday, Borussia Monchengladbach find themselves on the back foot, with the teams below them closing in fast. Although still in the running for a top-four finish, Marco Rose and his team will know that another slip-up could cost them the chance to compete with Europe’s elite next year.
As is almost always the case, Bayern Munich find themselves as strong favourites, at 3/8 (1.37) to win and the least appealing option for Bundesliga betting in week 31. Borussia Monchengladbach’s chances are measured at 34/5 (7.80).
Following the dismissal of defender Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig saw their advantage against SC Paderborn 07 crumble as the fixture ended in a 1-1 draw. RB Leipzig know that they will need to get back to winning ways if they want to keep their third-place position in the league. They must come away from their Friday fixture against Hoffenheim with the full three points.
Another team which saw a loss of points against a relegation side due to a red-card dismissal, Hoffenheim will look at their home fixture against RB Leipzig as a way of setting the record straight. Positioned in seventh place, just outside of the Europa League qualification spots, Hoffenheim must finish their weekend fixture with maximum points if they wish to keep the dream of European competition alive for next season.
A 1-0 victory away to Werder Bremen last Sunday saw Wolfsburg secure sixth place in the Bundesliga table. Finding themselves eleven points away from fifth place, Wolfsburg will no doubt look to consolidate their current position and increase their advantage over the teams below them.
Petersen’s second-half goal provided Freiburg with a crucial win over rivals Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday. Now in eighth place, Freiburg will be looking up at the table, aware that an end-of-the-season march into the final Europa League qualification spot is still possible. This Saturday, Freiburg travel to take on direct league rivals Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
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