Only six match days to go before the Bundesliga enters its summer hibernation. There are plenty of unsettled matters in the league and most, or at least some, will be settled this weekend. Bayern can officially clinch the title with a win. Four European hopefuls will go head-to-head in exciting encounters. And there are some key games in the fight to avoid the drop.
Here are the matchday predictions:
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen
This is arguably the game of the week. Leipzig are coming into this game at the back of two successive wins in the league while Leverkusen are winless in their last two league games; a loss to Cologne was followed by a goalless draw against Augsburg.
The only bad news for Leipzig is that they will be playing this crucial game after their Europa League quarter-final tie against Marseille, which they won 1-0. The side has struggled at times this season and the main reason behind that was the cumbersome European games. Whether they have learned from their past challenges will only be seen on Monday.
Despite being on a mini poor run Leverkusen remains a strong side and one that is still on course for a Champions League return. Julian Brandt has extended his contract this past week and that is very good news to hear ahead of such an important game. The team is full of young, talented and ambitious players. The longer they stay together the better chance they have of winning trophies.
A Draw is my prediction.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim
Frankfurt lost to in-form Werder Bremen last week and the Eagles will be hoping that they won’t lose any more ground in the fight for Europe as they entertain red hot Hoffenheim. Julian Naglesmann’s side thumped Cologne 6-0 last week and despite being inconsistent this season they are still eyeing
European qualification as the season draws to a close.
Serge Gnabry will be leading his side against the challenging Eagles. The German winger is our March player of the month and he managed to grab a brace on Match Day 28. There is also something that will get Hoffenheim all pumped up for this game as Kerem Demirbay extended his contract until 2022 this week.
Good news for Eintracht as well as Marco Hasebe extends his contract until 2019.
A Win for Hoffenheim!
Hannover vs Werder Bremen
Friday’s match day opener is between two sides that are completely on different paths. Hannover has been in the comfort zone of mid-table for much of the season but recent poor form has seen them get sucked into the relegation battle. Bremen, on the other hand, is on an impressive run of form and manager Florian Kohfeldt has made them a solid side since his appointment. That is the reason why he got a contract extension this week.
Bremen have recorded 13 points from their last five games while Hannover hasn’t even managed a single point in that run.
A win for Bremen!
Augsburg vs Bayern Munich
Super Bayern under Super Jupp is simply a scary prospect. Borussia Dortmund is well aware of that after they got the ‘Bayern treatment’ last week. And when they face their Bavarian neighbors a similar display from Bayern won’t be a surprise nor will confirmation of a record six Bundesliga title in a row. Bayern have won all previous five meetings between the two sides by scoring a total of 18 goals and conceding just three.
The best team in Germany is also striving to be named the best team in Europe and they have taken a 2-1 advantage to the Allianz Arena after beating Sevilla in their Champions League quarter-final first leg time.
A boost for Augsburg as Alfred Finnbogason gets back from injury.
Philipp Max: “It’s always something special to play against Bayern Munich because you’re up against the best. We’ve already shown in the game against Leverkusen that we can hang with the top clubs, however, and we have to replicate that sort of performance at home on the weekend,”
A win and a title for Bayern!
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Hertha Berlin
Two mid-table sides will be facing each other at the Borussia Park. Both of them have 6 points from their last five games.
“We are a completely different side to Borussia, even if we are in a similar position in the table. We want to show that we have improved away from home and take points from the game, although it is never easy in Gladbach.”
Valentino Lazaro is healthy and available to play for Hertha while Vincenzo Grifo is backing in training and could be an option for the hosts.
Gladbach may be enduring a tough season on the pitch but their Twitter game is still top notch.
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A draw is the prediction!
Freiburg vs Wolfsburg
These two sides occupy 14th and 15th place at the moment with Freiburg having a four-point advantage over their opponents. This is another important game in the relegation battle.
Christian Streich: “Everyone has worked out with concentration after Schalke. Wolfsburg also knows that they are in a critical situation and that the game against us is an important one. Of course, Wolfsburg will defend with everything they have. But we will, too.”
John Anthony Brooks has not been able to participate in a complete team training yet. Sebastian Jung is doing some light jogging while Kuba is expected back for Wolfsburg next week.
A win for Freiburg!
Cologne vs Mainz
Despite their best efforts relegation just looks inevitable for the Billy Goats. Mainz is also another team in deep trouble. The relegation tussle makes this game exciting. Mainz can take a huge stride towards safety with a win and if Cologne get the three points they will live to fight another week.
Sandro Schwarz: “The aim is clear. We want to put in a really good away performance and come back home with all three points!”
Ruthenbeck: “We are in a situation in which we can get within three places of the relegation place. And several matches still remain. It’s not over yet.”
Hamburg vs Schalke
Schalke’s impressive season has continued as they managed to beat Freiburg last time out. The win helped the Royal Blues to keep a tight grip on second place. Now they will visit a Hamburg side on the verge of their first-ever relegation.
Despite earning a 1-1 draw against Stuttgart last week there seems to be very little the Red Shorts can do to take anything away from a Schalke side brimming with confidence.
A win for Schalke!
Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart
How do you come back from a humiliating 6-0 loss? Well, the best way is to get back to winning ways ASAP. BVB have the chance to do that at home this weekend but they will be facing a tricky opposition in Stuttgart. Tayfun Korkut has revitalized and reinvigorated Stuttgart and they will be hoping that they can repeat their 2-1 win against BVB from earlier this season.
After missing the last two league games due to injury key man Marco Reus is back in training for Dortmund. The Black and Yellows can certainly use his help in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.
A win for BVB!