What a week it has been for Bayern Munich, or just a good week since their standards are so high. The Bavarians sealed a sixth consecutive title on Saturday before booking their place in the Champions League Semi-Finals on Wednesday. Their business in the league might be over but there are European races and relegation battles to grab our attention.
Here are the predictions:
Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund
It’s Revierderby time Sunday and this one is going to be interesting. The Royal Blues suffered a shock defeat against Hamburg last time out while Dortmund got back to winning ways against Stuttgart. That means there’s only a one-point gap between the two sides who sit in 2nd and 3rd place. This game will not only be a fight to cement a championship spot and earn the derby bragging rights but it will also be vital to ensure who the second best team in Germany is.
The Black and Yellows will be determined to avenge that heart-breaking 4-4 draw earlier in the season. Peter Bosz’s men blew a 4-0 advantage in that game and they will want to set the records straight in Sunday’s game with another Peter in the dugout.
After the win against Stuttgart, Christian Pulisic said that he is looking forward to and absolutely want to win the derby.
Schalke’s keeper Ralf Fährmann said that they have analyzed the Hamburg and learned their lessons:
“The excitement is enormous. Shortly before the game, the tension will grow but at the moment I’m just looking forward to it. After the reverse fixture, it’ll be an even bigger occasion.”
Another draw is the prediction!
Wolfsburg vs Augsburg
Wolfsburg have finally managed to win under Bruno Labbadia and they will be hoping to build on that victory as they host Augsburg in Friday night’s game. Daniel Didavi was running the show as he scored a brace against fellow strugglers Freiburg. He will be the man to watch out for.
Manuel Baum said that staying in the league is like winning the Bundesliga for his side. Augsburg’s manager added: “I had no idea that this was going to be my 50th Bundesliga game. Hopefully, this will be the first of many milestones in my time with Augsburg.”
Augsburg have won their last two games against Wolfsburg.
Will this happen again?
Prediction- A win for Augsburg
Hoffenheim vs Hamburg
Hoffenheim failed to give their European dreams a boost as they drew against Eintracht. Hamburg, on the other hand, are starting to dream about survival after an impressive win against Schalke. The Red shorts will be hoping to continue their win this weekend.
It’s ‘do or die’ for Hamburg and Julian Nagelsmann is well aware of that.
Hoffenheim will miss Dennis Geiger but otherwise have a fully fit squad, with the likes of Kerem Demirbay (making a cameo last week) and Kevin Vogt (back from his gastric flu episode) returning.
Hamburg’s Christian Titz: “There’s a good feeling within the team. But we know that we have to win to move closer to
safety – that hasn’t changed.”
Prediction- A draw
Hertha vs Cologne
Hertha, currently in the number ten spot, may not have much to play for after now. For Cologne, however, the story is quite different. The loss to Mainz was a huge setback for the Billy Goats and they can’t afford to lose any more points if they are to pull off the great escape.
It has been confirmed that manager Stefan Ruthenbeck will leave the club at the end of the season and before he does he will have to face the challenge of keeping Cologne in the first division.
Prediction- A win for Cologne
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Die Werkself are back with a bang. After failing to win their previous two games Leverkusen delivered an astounding performance against Leipzig. And now they face another Champions League hopeful in Eintracht. A win for Leverkusen can take them five points clear of off their opponents. A win for Die Adler and they will move into 4th place. What a game this one promises to be….especially in light of the news that Bayern named Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac as their coach for next season.
A win for Leverkusen
Stuttgart vs Hannover
After 5 losses in a row, Hannover are back to winning ways thanks to a 2-1 victory against in form Werder Bremen. The two sides who got promoted this summer have had an up and down season, but they remain on course to survive.
Friday’s win wasn’t the only thing that happened at Hannover this week. The club stated that key man Salif Sane will be leaving the club at the end of the season, signing with Schalke. The club said that the Senegalese dreams of playing in the Champions League. There will be plenty of suitors for the defender in the summer.
The club also celebrated its birthday this week. Happy Birthday!
Stuttgart tasted their first defeat under Korkut as they lost 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund. However, they still sit in the comfort zone of mid-table with 38 points while Hannover 35 and sit in 13th, five points clear of Freiburg in 14th.
A win for Stuttgart!
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Will we ever see a genuine title race in the Bundesliga? This was a question I asked when Bayern won a 5th consecutive league title last season. Despite early season wobbles the Bavarians are back to where they belong. James Rodriguez played a key part in this season’s win, another topic I wrote about in the summer. And so here we are again Bayern are already done with the league and are setting both eyes in the Champions League.
Gladbach’s win against Hertha last weekend was a huge sigh of relief for Dieter Hecking after such an inconsistent and underwhelming season. The foals are currently in 8th place and starting to sniff Europa League qualification. A solid form until the end of the season and a little bit of magic from Thorgan Hazard and they will be back in Europe.
Prediction- A draw.
Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig
Both Bremen and Leipzig are coming into this game at the back of bitter defeats. The Green-Whites, who were in scintillating form before Match Day 29 were dealt a huge blow by Hannover. As for Leipzig, European games just keep on being their weak link as they were hammered 4-1 by Bayer Leverkusen.
There is no need to panic for Bremen as they are comfortably above the relegation zone with an 11 point advantage over Mainz in 16th. But for Leipzig, it’s time to start worrying as they slipped to 6th place. The race for Champions League is much tighter than ever as there is a mere six points gap between second and sixth, and Leipzig being knocked out of the Europa League by Marseilles Thursday after coming into the second leg tie with an advantage doesn’t bode well for Leipzig on the road.
A win for Bremen
Mainz vs Freiburg
What a crunch tie we have on Monday. Mainz and Freiburg are only separated by three points as they sit in 16th and 14th place, respectively. This is a game that can decide the relegation fight.
Freiburg have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides and two of those wins were in the last two games.
A win for Mainz