Four of the Top Six Meet In A Crucial Weekend of Bundesliga Action
We have some big games to enjoy this weekend in the Bundesliga. After a very impressive return to action last weekend for almost all of the top six, five of whom recorded good wins, four of those teams will face off in what could well be a pivotal weekend in the Bundesliga in terms of the race for the title and the battle for Champions League places next season.
Both of those big games kick off at 2.30pm on Saturday, with the Berlin derby between Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin getting the weekend underway on Friday night. In the first of the top six clashes, third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach seek to do a league double over fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen, while in the other game title-chasers Borussia Dortmund will try and close the gap on Bayern at the top of the table once again as they face a tricky trip to sixth-placed Wolfsburg.
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There are a number of very big Bundesliga games coming up both this weekend and also next week during the midweek round of matches. Let’s take a look now at how last week’s results panned out, so we can get the latest idea of the form of the teams heading into these next round of matches.
Bundesliga Matchday 26 Results & Analysis
- Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Berlin
- Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg
- Dortmund 4-0 Schalke 04
- Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderborn
- Red Bull Leipzig 1-1 SC Freiburg
- Frankfurt 1-3 Borussia Moenchengladbach
- FC Cologne 2-2 Mainz
- Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich
- Werder Bremen 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen
A simple win for Bayern against Union Berlin kept them four points clear of Dortmund at the top of the table, with Borussia coming out on top in the Reiverderby, thanks to an impressive 4-0 win over a very lacklustre Schalke 04. Both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach put on impressive away displays, winning 4-1 and 3-1 respectively away to Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt. Wolfsburg’s last gasp win at Augsburg saw them improve their stranglehold on 6th spot.
At the foot of the table points for Paderborn and Dusseldorf were not really what either team would have wanted though Mainz will be happy with a point after coming back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw in Cologne. Hertha Berlin were the big movers, jumping to 11th in the table on the back of a fine 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on the road.
That leaves us with this coming weekend’s set of games, the first in two sets of matches set to be played over the forthcoming week. We are going to focus on the two big games in the Bundesliga this weekend, involving teams in the top six and at the end of the article, we will also bring you our ‘quick tips’ for the remaining seven games this weekend.
Bundesliga Top Six Battles Preview
Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen
Both of these sides made excellent returns to action last weekend, both registering fine wins away from home against Frankfurt and Bremen respectively. Bayer are one of the form teams in the Bundesliga at the moment and they have been flying for several weeks now and look a real threat going forward, plus they have shored up their defence somewhat, which was an issue earlier in the season.
However Borussia are very strong at home and it is hard to see them being beaten at home by a side that they beat 2-1 on the road earlier on this season. I feel Leverkusen now though are much stronger than the team they faced that day and as such, I am backing the visitors to come away with a share of the spoils here.
Our Tip – Draw at 11/4.
Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund emerged as the 3-0 winners when these two teams last met back in Novermber 2019 and they would certainly take a similar result here. Wolfsburg’s recent form has been much improved, undefeated in their last seven after three defeats in a row, but Dortmund’s form is better and the visitors are a stronger team, more confident and score many more goals.
Wolfsburg’s best chance is to keep Dortmund down to a few shots at goal, but that isn’t going to be easy as the game with Schalke 04 last weekend proved. As such, I can see Dortmund having the edge here, especially on the counter attack and I think they will run out the winners.
Our Tip – Dortmund to win and both teams to score – 11/5
Other Bundesliga Games Quick Tips
Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin – Should be a close one in a rare Berlin derby, but I am backing Hertha to land the win here at 13/10.
Paderborn v TSG Hoffenheim – Neither of these teams is in great form and I think a draw is the most likely outcome here at 14/5.
SC Freiburg v Werder Bremen – It is stunning to see how bad Bremen have become over the years. SC Freiburg should earn a solid win here at 23/20.
Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern are on a roll and Frankfurt have been struggling this season. Bayern won 5-1 in Frankfurt, I can see a similar result here. A home win for sure at 1/6.
Schalke 04 v Augsburg – Two sides badly in need of a win but I feel that neither is displaying the form likely to achieve that. I think this one ends in a score draw at 5/2
Mainz v Red Bull Leipzig – Red Bull have drawn five of their last seven Bundesliga games and have dropped well off the pace. Mainz did well in Cologne last week. I back another draw here at 7/2.
Cologne v Fortuna Dusseldorf – Cologne threw away a 2-0 lead last weekend against Mainz, I cannot see them doing the same again here. Take Cologne for the win at 4/5.