The German Bundesliga is in full flow and the destination of the title was made a little clearer on Tuesday as Bayern Munich squeezed past arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund by the narrowest of margins. With plenty still to play for in Germany’s topflight, SportPesa takes a look at some of this weekend’s key games with a number of selections accompanying each preview.
Paderborn v Borussia Dortmund
Life in Germany’s elite league has been an almighty struggle for Paderborn, and the habitual underdogs are rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table. In Dortmund, they are potentially facing a wounded animal as Lucien Favre’s side look to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss against Bayern Munich, which may have ended their title hopes.
The two times played out a frantic 3-3 draw back in November in a fixture that highlighted Dortmund’s defensive problems and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Paderborn hit the net on Sunday. Dortmund will likely be too strong with a wealth of attacking options, and although they should win, keeping a clean sheet could be problematic.
Schalke v Werder Bremen
Backing against Schalke appears to be the easy option most weekends and it’s likely that their winless run will be extended on Saturday when they welcome Werder Bremen. David Wagner’s side are in disastrous form and it’s no surprise that there’s talk in Germany that Wagner’s position is under threat.
In Bremen, they face a side struggling at the wrong end of the table, but Schalke’s recent performances suggest that it should be them at the foot of the table and not Saturday’s opponents. These are two teams that cannot afford another loss so a draw is probably a result that both sides will be happy with.
BAYERN MUNICH V FORTUNA DUSSELDORF
With one hand seemingly on the Bundesliga crown, Bayern Munich will want to dominate their superiority further on Saturday evening when Fortuna Dusseldorf visit the Allianz Arena. Bayern’s form since the turn of the year has been relentless and even with the two-month absence of football due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the German giants still look devastating.
In Fortuna, they are welcoming a side who are in the bottom three and it doesn’t appear that an upset is on the cards. Robert Lewandowski’s form has been a slight concern for Bayern since football resumed in Germany, but he can return to his best on Saturday and he’ll be relishing the opportunity to boost his goal tally as Bayern look set to overwhelm Fortuna.