Bayern Munich’s relentless march towards the Bundesliga continued last week as they brushed aside struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf 5-0 at the Allianz Arena.
However, a tougher test is waiting in the wings this weekend for the reigning champions as they travel to a Bayer Leverkusen team pushing for a top four spot. That match heads up our weekend Bundesliga preview…
Bundesliga Weekend Predictions
Friday 5th June
Freiburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach, 19:30
While staying in is the new going out on a Friday night, there’s at least something decent to watch on the telly, with the Bundesliga serving up an intriguing clash between two sides competing at the right end of the table.
Freiburg have enjoyed a revival in fortunes this season after flirting with relegations over the last two campaigns but are still looking for a first win since the restart after two draws and two defeats.
That won’t be an easy task against a Gladbach team who occasionally look capable of keeping pace with Bayern Munich only to be hampered by a lack of consistency that still leaves them sweating in the top four fight. However, the Foals have shown considerable improvement on the road after an indifferent first half of the campaign and should at least match the hosts here.
Saturday 6th June
Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich, 14:30
Could complacency be the only thing standing in Bayern’s path now they sit seven points clear with just five games to go? This is the first of a double header (with Gladbach to come next week) that will surely present Bayern’s last major barrier to claiming a 30th league title.
Much could depend on the mood of the new ‘crown prince’ of the Bundesliga, Kai Havertz. The 20-year-old linked up sensationally with Leon Bailey last week to put Freiburg to bed, and Bayer can take confidence from their 3-1 demolition of the away side in the corresponding fixture last season.
RB Leipzig vs Paderborn, 14:30
Pity poor Paderborn. The basement boys looked to have tightened up their leaky defence with three creditable draws since the restart, but suffered a bruising 6-1 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund last time out that looks to have all but consigned them to second tier football.
An RB Leipzig team sharing goals around for fun at the moment probably wouldn’t have topped Steffen Baumgart’s wishlist to mount an instant response, with the third-place side scoring at least two in all of their last three games.
Paderborn might be wise to try and park the bus, but it looks unlikely to work here.
Prediction: Home win
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Hoffenheim, 14:30
After a respectable start at Fortuna Düsseldorf, former Leeds and Brentford boss Uwe Rösler crashed back down to earth last weekend as his relegation battlers failed to keep a rampant Bayern at bay.
While there’s no shame in that, Rösler will be keen to avoid sliding into a bad of run of form just as the run-in approaches. Fortuna boast the best home form of the immediate strugglers with four wins and four draws from their 14 home games, but it’s those stalemates that have been a problem for them since the turn of the year.
Visitors Hoffenheim could settle for a handy point here to keep up an encouraging run since the restart that has seen them move into European contention.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz, 14:30
Frankfurt fans can rest a whole lot easier now after a midweek 3-0 demolition of second bottom Werder Bremen effectively ended any fleeting relegation worries.
They could end any doubts by seeing off struggling Mainz this weekend, with the 05ers failing to win any of their games since the league returned. However, Frankfurt’s home record has been their undoing this season, with only two wins from their last eight home matches in what has been a surprisingly poor Bundesliga campaign for the Eagles.
Mainz will be hoping the lack of an edgy home crowd won’t damage their chances of claiming something from the Commerzbank-Arena, but they’ve shown little to suggest a revival here.
Prediction: Home win
Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin 17:30
Lucien Favre’s side put the Bayern game to bed last Sunday as they comfortably swept aside Paderborn, and while the title now looks out of reach, BVB look to be in the best form out of the rest of the top five.
England’s rising star Jadon Sancho chalked off another landmark In his burgeoning career with a first hat-trick for the Black and Yellows last time out, but may find it harder to unlock a Hertha defence that has kept three clean sheets out of four since returning.
Prediction: Home win
Sunday 7th June
Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg, 12:30
Sometimes every relegated football side can look back at one result and pinpoint it as the moment the season dismantled. For Werder Bremen, it could be the midweek 3-0 hammering at home to a middling Eintracht Frankfurt side that haunts them come late June.
Before that result, Werder looked to be a side that had benefited from an extended break, picking up two priceless wins against Freiburg and Schalke.
This game will be revealing as to their current confidence levels, with Wolfsburg posting impressive form on the road in recent weeks.
Prediction: Away win
Union Berlin vs Schalke 04, 14:30
Could this be David Wagner’s last stand at Schalke?
The former Huddersfield man looks to be on the brink with the Royal Blues suffering an alarming slump in form since the break. Four consecutive defeats have seen them move down towards mid-table, but it’s the manner of performances that will be most worrying, with Schalke finding the net just once in four games.
Union Berlin have performed above expectations in their first outing at this level in 2019/20, but probably still need one more win to be assured of an extended stay at this level. Their recent winless streak remains a concern, but they tend to be a tougher nut to crack at Stadion An der Alten Försterei, and a fast start here could see them take advantage of a Schalke side on the verge of crisis.
Prediction: Home win
Augsburg vs FC Köln, 17:00
The Bundesliga weekend ends with a rather low-key affair between two sides looking likely to end up in the lower reaches of midtable.
Augsburg aren’t quite out the woods yet in the relegation battle, with just four points separating them and relegation play-off occupants Düsseldorf.
However, with both Union Berlin and Mainz beneath them hardly in a rich vein of form, only a dramatic reversal in fortunes for Die Fuggerstädter would still leave them sweating come gameweek 34. With safety tantalisingly within reach, the onus will be on Augsburg to go on the offensive.
That could set up a surprisingly entertaining mid-table clash, with Köln playing without any pressure after a successful consolidation mission since promotion last summer.