Mönchengladbach vs Leverkusen and the Bundesliga weekend previewed

Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen go head-to-head in the game of the weekend in the Bundesliga. Here’s our latest set of Bundesliga predictions…

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Oh Bundesliga, it’s good to have you back.

Football returned behind closed doors in Germany last weekend with relatively few hiccups, with Borussia Dortmund arguably the one side really catching the eye as they romped to a 4-0 win over deadly rivals Schalke.

BVB travel to Wolfsburg looking to keep up pressure on Bayern before the two sides meet in midweek while the leaders will be confident of seeing off an Eintracht Frankfurt side with very little left to play for.

However, the game of the weekend takes place just below the top two, with top four challengers Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen going head-to-head at Borussia-Park.

Here’s our latest set of Bundesliga predictions

Bundesliga Predictions Gameweek 27

Friday 22nd May

Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin, 19:30

The Bundesliga starts off with just a touch of spice as Berlin’s two top-flight clubs meet in an intriguing derby at Olympiastadion. In truth, it’s one of the less heated derbies in world football, given these clubs have met just five times in their history – perhaps not all that surprising given this is Union’s debut season at this level.

Berlin’s unique history and politics means these two sides also have an unusual mutual respect for one another – although this may be about to change with both sides looking reasonably assured of an extended stay at this level. Hertha come into this full of confidence after a 3-0 win away at Hoffenheim, but Union had shown signs of revival on the road prior to the pause.

Prediction: Draw


Saturday 23rd May

SC Freiburg vs Werder Bremen, 14:30

Freiburg were cruelly denied a statement win over Leipzig at the death by VAR last time out, but an encouraging performance suggests their European dreams remain in play as they welcome struggling Bremen to the Schwarzwald-Stadion. The away side looked fragile against a relentless Leverkusen last time out and defeat here combined with a Dusseldorf win could leave them staring at the prospect of second tier football for the first time since 1980/81.

Prediction: Home win


Paderborn vs Hoffenheim, 14:30

The hosts look to be heading down, but heads haven’t dropped. Steffen Baumgart’s adventurous team are committed to an aesthetically-pleasing playing style that means they’ll at least be remembered with fondness should they depart back to the second tier even if the maths tells its own story.

An edgy stalemate draw with fellow strugglers Fortuna Düsseldorf did neither side many favours last time out, but they have a chance to drag themselves back into survival contention if they can take advantage of a Hoffenheim side that looked distinctly out-of-sorts against Hertha.

Prediction: Home win


Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund, 14:30

With Wolfsburg leapfrogging Schalke into sixth spot last weekend, this is probably not a fixture Dortmund would have wanted on paper with one eye on Tuesday night’s tussle with Bayern Munich.

However, Lucian Favre’s side showed few signs of a lack of match sharpness in their convincing demolition of Schalke and are looking to stretch their unbeaten streak against Wolfsburg to 10 league matches. The hosts made a winning return away at Augsburg last time out.

Prediction: Away win


Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen, 14:30

This looks to be the one to watch on Saturday afternoon as the race to reach next season’s Champions League cranks up a gear.

Both teams ran red hot on their respective returns with confident away wins, but Gladbach won’t want to waste the opportunity to pull a not insignificant five points clear of their rivals with victory on their own patch. Kai Havertz underlined his reputation as German football’s crown prince with two goals against Bremen and Leverkusen will look to him to make the difference here again.

Prediction: Draw



Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt, 17:30

The reigning champions showed a few signs of ring rust in their 2-0 away win at Union Berlin in a game that never really exploded into life.

Now that game’s out their system, Frankfurt could be the unfortunate victims at the Allianz Arena with Adi Hütter knowing a damaging defeat here for his side could leave Eintracht looking just a little more nervously over their shoulders.

The away side streaked to a shock 5-1 win in the reverse fixture – a game that saw the axe fall on Niko Kovac’s reign with the German giants.

Prediction: Home win


Sunday 24th May

Schalke vs Augsburg, 12:30

Sunday’s early game gives both these teams a golden opportunity to bounce back quickly after a lacklustre return to action – particularly for the home side who failed to live with wave after wave of Dortmund attack in the Ruhr derby.

With both Wolfsburg and Freiburg taking advantage of Schalke’s meltdown last week to seize the initiative in the race to Europe, David Wagner will be looking for an instant rebuttal here.

Heiko Herrlich finally takes charge of Augsburg after being cleared to return to the dugout following his “Toothpastegate” lockdown transgression.

Prediction: Home win


Mainz vs RB Leipzig, 14:30

Leipzig’s top four hopes took a slight hit last week as they stumbled at home to Freiburg, but with at least one of their rivals guaranteed to drop points this week, Julian Nagelsmann’s side could be primed to take full advantage against a Mainz side that have won just one of their five home league games since January.

Achim Beierlorzer will be hoping his team are one of the few that actually relish playing without a home crowd given that run, but it could be an uphill task against an RB side that boast the joint second best away form in the league this season.

Prediction: Away win


FC Köln vs Fortuna Düsseldorf, 17:00

This week’s Bundesliga action concludes at the RheinEnergieSTADION where the home side can probably already reflect on a job well done after overcoming a shaky start to look like established players yet again at this level after spending a campaign down in Bundesliga 2 in 2018/19.

Victory here against relegation-threatened Düsseldorf would all but end any lingering doubts of relegation, but Uwe Rösler has made Fortuna a tough nut to crack since his arrival, losing just one of his nine games – six of those draws.

Prediction: Draw


 

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