All eyes will be on Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday with Bayern Munich knowing they could go seven points clear at the top of Bundesliga with a victory over their rivals.
The Bundesliga has been a saving grace for football fans during the lockdown, deprived of action in England by the spread of coronavirus since the middle of March, and this week sees the first full midweek schedule since the resumption of the German season.
The league is now two games into its resumption in front of empty stadia and has resorted to piping in noise to give the occasion more of a football feel – although nothing will replicate the noise the Westfalenstadion would surely have generated for Tuesday’s critical title clash.
Tuesday, May 26th
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich
Live on BT Sport 1
There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this will be the most important match of the Bundesliga and also the biggest match that any football fan has seen in months with Bayern currently top of the table and hold a 4 point lead over second-place Dortmund.
Both have been in scorching form as of late winning all of their last 6 matches and Bayern have scored a whopping 22 goals in 6 matches and conceded 5, whereas Dortmund have scored 15 but have only conceded once.
The Bavarian side might have the mental edge as their last meeting ended in a 4-0 trashing in their favour, so can Dortmund channel the same form that saw them win the Super Cup against their arch-rivals just months ago?
Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg
This could turn out to be a scrappy encounter as both teams have shown pretty poor form lately, but still have something to play for as a Europa League spot is possible – especially for Freiburg who are just 2 points off the pace.
Even though Eintracht have lost all of their last 6 matches, you could also argue that their form is better than that of Freiburg as the latter just lost to Werder Bremen who are second from bottom and really struggling.
Eintracht have had 2 very tough matches since the restart and have shown flashes of form, including 2 goals in quick succession against Bayern Munich at the weekend.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt to win by 2 goals or more
Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg
Live on BT Sport 2
Even though Wolfsburg are enjoying a solid season, facing Leverkusen will be a very tall order as their recent form has been sublime and very few Bundesliga defences have handled Kai Havertz.
In the last 6 matches, Leverkusen have only lost 2 points and scored 17 goals, second on goals only to Bayern while Wolfsburg need to keep their foot on the peddle to hold on to the Europa League place as a handful of sides will be breathing down their neck and a performance like the one against Augsburg right after the break where they found a late away winner might do.
As solid as Wolfsburg have been, it’s tough to go against Leverkusen in this one, just to put things into perspective – since the resumption of the Bundesliga – Havertz has scored twice as much as the Wolfsburg team put together.
Precidction: Leverkusen to Win Both Halves
Werder Bremen v Borussia Monchengladbach
Live on BT Sport 1
Werder Bremen have just secured their first win in a long time last weekend with an impressive 1-0 Away win against 7th Place Freiburg which will now give them hope of avoiding relegation.
On the other hand, Monchengladbach were soundly beaten 3-1 by Leverkusen and will be very determined to bounce back and continue to fight for a Champions League Spot.
Monchengladbach have only kept 5 clean sheets so far this campaign and Werder Bremen have managed to do worse with only 2, which is the worst for any team this season.
Prediction: Monchengladbach to Score and Both Teams to Score
Wednesday, May 27th
RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin
Live on BT Sport 1
Hertha Berlin have looked fresh since the Bundesliga has resumed with 2 victories from a possible 2 and have scored 7 goals and conceded none, those numbers even beat the ones of the mighty RB Leipzig as they dropped 2 points against Freiburg and have scored 6 and conceded once.
This will be a totally different test for Hertha Berlin however and recent form may not be enough to see off third place Leipzig and it will be interesting to see what will happen when their goal scoring form is tested against the best defence in the Bundesliga so far.
Prediction: Leipzig to Win by 2 goals or more
Augsburg v Paderborn
Live on BT Sport Extra
Off of a very impressive win against Schalke scoring 3 goals and conceding none, Augsburg will be looking to secure another 3 points against bottom side Paderborn.
Despite picking up 2 consecutive draws since the resumption of the Bundesliga, their lack of firepower upfront, combined with a shaky defence, should prove to be too much of an ask.
Prediction: Augsburg to Win & Under 2.5 Goals
Dusseldorf v Schalke
Fortuna Dusseldorf come into this match on something of a low as they let a 2 goal lead disappear against FC Koln and in the process dropping 2 very valuable points which could prove decisive in their bid to avoid relegation.
Schalke are not in a much better place picking up just 2 points from their last 6 matches and their away form is even worse as they have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches.
Prediction: Dusseldorf to Win or Draw
Hoffenheim v Cologne
Live on BT Sport 3
These two teams are very evenly matched and the standings are proof of this as there are only 2 points between them as they stand in 9th and 10th place respectively.
Home form is not promising for Hoffenheim as they have lost 4 of their last 5 matches, but something to cheer them up is that they have won 4 of the last 6 head to heads against Cologne.
Cologne will travel with confidence as they managed to turn around a 2 goal deficit against Fortuna Dusseldorf and managed a Draw. Hoffenheim have a slightly better team and also a slightly better chance of Europe which could prove to be the difference.
Prediction: Hoffenheim to Win
Union Berlin v Mainz
Live on BT Sport 2
Right around the beginning of the year, Union Berlin looked reasonably comfortable, but recent form has now left them in a worrying position and also needing to act quickly before they end up in the relegation zone.
Opportunities should be presented to the side from Berlin as they face the worse defence of the league in Mainz and their last match against Leipzig is proof of this as they conceded 5 goals and could have conceded many more.
Prediction: Union Berlin to score 2 or more goals
This week’s fixtures
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich (17:30)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg (19:30)
Eintracht Frankfurt v SC Freiburg (19:30)
Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach (19:30)
RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin (17:30)
FC Union Berlin v Mainz 05 (19:30)
FC Augsburg v SC Paderborn 07 (19:30)
Fortuna Düsseldorf v FC Schalke 04 (19:30)
1899 Hoffenheim v FC Köln (19:30)
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