Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf and the Bundesliga weekend previewed

Bayern’s home game against struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf heads up our latest set of Bundesliga predictions…

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Football can be a brutal old business – just ask any Borussia Dortmund fan.

Despite looking bright in patches, BVB once again suffered that sinking feeling against Bayern as the defending champions held firm to record the three points that might have called time on this season’s title race.

Can Hans-Dieter Flick’s side pull further clear this weekend? Bayern’s home game against struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf heads up our latest set of Bundesliga predictions


Bundesliga Weekend Predictions

 

 

Friday 29th May

Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen, 19:30

‘Expect the unexpected’ seems to be a recurring theme since the return of this season’s Bundesliga. That’s probably not surprising, given home advantage seems to be counting for little without an expectant crowd, and teams are facing a punishing turnaround of games to get this season completed. Both of those factors have significantly upped the freak results factor.

Freiburg’s form since the restart certainly falls into the Jekyll and Hyde category. They were arguably unlucky not to claim all three points away at Leipzig, only to slip up at home to second-bottom Werder Bremen, before serving up a 3-3 thriller against Frankfurt in midweek.

Leverkusen looked to be adapting to the ‘new normal’ seamlessly but suffered a major blow to their top four hopes with shock 4-1 reverse at home to Wolfsburg on Tuesday. On paper, Freiburg look a similarly tough assignment, so Bayer may settle for a useful point here as they look to get that defeat out of their system.

Prediction: Draw

Saturday 30th May (all 14:30 unless stated)

Mainz vs Hoffenheim

After looking distinctly off-colour in the opening round of games since the restart, Hoffenheim rediscovered their rhythm in midweek to see off FC Köln in an ill-tempered game at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

That win has brought them firmly back into Europa League contention, and they won’t want to lose their new-found momentum against a Mainz side firmly out  of the winning habit.

Given Bundesliga results so far suggest home advantage is a non-starter, the away side should have enough to scoop up a priceless three points here.

Prediction: Away win

Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Wolfsburg seem to be mimicking their Premier League namesakes as the team destined to snatch the ‘Best of the Rest’ prize this season.

Two wins from their last three have propelled them into sixth place, and the eye-catching 4-1 win away at Bayer Leverkusen suggests they have the fitness level and guile to last the course.

Three points should be a formality against a Frankfurt side that can’t stop shipping goals –with Eintracht conceding 11 goals in three since the restart.

Prediction: Home win

Schalke 04 vs Werder Bremen

Could the panic button be about to be pressed at Schalke? Former Huddersfield boss David Wagner looks a man under increasing pressure. The midweek defeat to lowly Fortuna Düsseldorf moved his side further towards mid-table mediocrity.

Wagner will hardly relish facing a side that look to have benefited from a mid-season reset in Werder Bremen. Four points from two tough games have given Florian Kohfeldt’s side renewed hope of survival, but Düsseldorf’s win still leaves them with significant ground to make up. Another decent result here could give them a glimmer of hope.

Prediction: Draw

Hertha Berlin vs Augsburg

It’s the meeting of the new managers at Olympiastadion as Bruno Labbadia goes up against Heiko Herrlich.

Both have enjoyed the traditional ‘new manager bounce’ to varying degrees in their first few weeks, but it’s the former who has really hit the ground running. Labbadia’s Hertha have been free-scoring since the restart, including in an impressive 2-2 fightback against RB Leipzig in midweek.

There’s also another big incentive for Hertha to win here. All three points would surely allow them to relax and start contemplating a late top half charge, rather than looking tentatively over their shoulders towards that relegation play-off spot.

Prediction: Home win

Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Düsseldorf, 17:30

Is this the start of a long procession for Bayern? Certainly the 1-0 win over Dortmund means they can start to rest a bit more easily as the run-in approaches, with that victory handing the league leaders a hefty seven-point advantage.

Düsseldorf boss Uwe Rösler will be eyeing up damage limitation here, with the former Brentford boss making his strugglers hard to beat since his arrival, including a gutsy 2-1 fightback win over Schalke last time out.

Despite impressive strides forwards from the away side, Bayern should have little trouble here.

Prediction: Home win

Sunday 31st May

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Union Berlin, 14:30

Gladbach will be looking to end a bad week with a morale-boosting win against Union Berlin, as they attempt to get their top four aspirations back on track.

After losing to Leverkusen last Saturday, Marco Rose didn’t get the instant response he wanted as the Champions League contenders stuttered to a 0-0 draw away at struggling Werder Bremen. This game looks like more fertile ground for the Foals.

Union have been out-of-sorts since the restart, claiming just one point from three games, but it would still take an alarming slump in form for them not to secure safety in their maiden season at this level. Gladbach’s extra desire to reach the top four should see them win here.

Prediction: Home win

Paderborn vs Borussia Dortmund, 17:00

The wait looks like it might have to go on for poor old Borussia Dortmund, fluffing their lines on Tuesday night, as Bayern once again won the mental battle in their title face-off.

Nevertheless, the fixture gods have been kind on them as they look to regroup when travelling to a Paderborn outfit that now look all but certain to be planning for life back in Bundesliga 2 next season.

Dortmund did come unstuck on their last top-flight trip to this weekend’s opponents, with the hosts holding them to a 2-2 draw in 2014.

Prediction: Away win

Monday 1st June

 

FC Köln vs RB Leipzig, 19:30

Expect edge of your seat entertainment on Monday night as two teams that have been generous at both ends of the pitch meet at RheinEnergieSTADION.

Leipzig’s faint title hopes look all but dead in the water, after falling nine points behind Bayern as a consequence of their back-and-forth 2-2 draw with Hertha in midweek.

RB are now in a three-way fight to claim one of the top four spots but should have the extra impetus to see off Köln. Sitting pretty in mid-table on 34 points, the Billy Goats are probably the first Bundesliga side officially ‘on the beach’ this season.

Prediction: Away win
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