And just like that, another round of Bundesliga matches is upon us. After so long without football, it feels somewhat odd to have such a large amount of games in such a short period of time. But we’re not complaining.
After storming ahead in the prediction table in Matchday 26, Max did not fare as well last week, and the table is tight from top to bottom once more. Schalke were extremely disappointing yet again, while Bayern and Frankfurt treated us to a goalfest. The prediction table now looks like this:
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This weeks brings us some very enticing matchups. The obvious must-watch game is Der Klassiker. The meeting between Bayern and Dortmund will be the most anticipated match of the week, especially because just four points separate the two sides at the top of the table. However, games between Leverkusen + Wolfsburg and Leipzig + Hertha Berlin are also poised to be spectacles. The atmospheres should be cracking! Oh wait.
On to our predictions:
Dortmund – Bayern Munich
A victory for Bayern will put them within touching distance of yet another league title, but Dortmund would be extra motivated after being battered 4-0 in the reverse fixture in November. Plus, a win for them will put them within one point of their rivals with just six matches remaining. Expect firecrackers. We’re buzzing for this one.
Leverkusen – Wolfsburg
Man of the hour Kai Havertz will be hoping to continue his red hot form for Bayer, while Wolfsburg will look to bounce back after the 2-0 defeat to Dortmund. Americans will be watching intently to see if their young prospect Uly Llanez features for Die Wölfe.
Frankfurt – SC Freiburg
Frankfurt put up a good fight against the Bavarians, but were unable to stop Lewandowski and co. Freiburg are in the midst of a battle for a Europa League spot and will aim for a far better result than last weekend’s game against Bremen.
Werder Bremen v. Borussia Monchengladbach
Bremen will hope for another strong match after a surprising win last weekend. The goal-shy side has only one player, Milot Rashica, with 10 or more goals this season. It’ll take more than the Kosovans efforts to get all three points against Gladbach, who are capable of scoring for fun against far sturdier backlines than Bremens.
RB Leipzig v. Hertha Berlin
Both sides enjoyed massive wins last weekend, and will look to continue their strong form. Mattheus Cunha is on fire for Hertha, but will have a far more difficult time against Upamecano and co.
Augsburg v. Paderborn
Another must win for Paderborn who sit at the foot of the table, while a win for Augsburg will effectively secure their safety. This one could go either way.
Union Berlin v. Mainz
Union have dropped to within just six points of the bottom three and Mainz have the opportunity to join their hosts on 30 points with a win. It’s all up in the air!
Hoffenheim v. Koln
Hoffenheim have been disappointing since the return of football while Koln have picked up two solid draws. Going purely off momentum, Koln should be favorites. But Hoffenheim will be itching to turn around their form.
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Schalke
Two sides struggling for wins in the Bundesliga meet on Wednesday, and David Wagner’s position will surely be under pressure if he fails to deliver a positive result for his Hoffenheim side.