The Bundesliga returned with 6 wins (1 home, 5 away), 3 draws and an average of 3 goals a game………..it was bloody marvelous!!!!!!!
We kicked off Saturday with Julian “Puppet Master” Brandt pulling the strings for Borussia Dortmund as they cruised to a 4-0 win in the Revierderby. RB Leipzig faltered at home, earning a point thanks to VAR’s 94th minute intervention. Hertha Berlin rolled Hoffenheim over 3-0 in a promising start to Bruno Labbadia’s reign.
Relegation favorites Fortuna Dusseldorf and Paderborn finished 0-0, a cagey affair with both teams too scared to lose. Daniel Ginczek drifted to the back post & grabbed Wolfsburg all 3 points in the 91st minute. It didn’t take long for Gladbach to demonstrate the fluidity of their front three. Alassane Plea opened the scoring 35 seconds in and Marcus Thuram doubled their lead on 7 minutes.
Sunday, Mainz showed they have the fight to remain in this league, coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Köln. Bayern Munich went through the motions, collecting 3 more points for their title challenge. Under Hansi Flick, Die Roten have scored 50 goals in 16 league fixtures. That averages out to 3.1 goals a game, the highest in Bundesliga history.
Match Week 26 came to a close on Monday with Bayer Leverkusen condemning Werder Bremen to another home defeat. A brace from Kai Havertz & 2 assists from Moussa Diaby reminded everyone they are not to be underestimated.
Here’s to more of the same in Match Week 27. Also, be sure to check out all of Bundesliga matchday 27 odds.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen
This result could have a big say on who’s playing Champions League football next season & honestly, you could choose who to back on the toss of a coin.
Gladbach & Leverkusen kicked off the restart with convincing away wins, 3-1 & 4-1 respectively. It’s 3 wins a piece in there last 6 meetings & they sit 2 points apart with near identical records in goals for & against.
It would be easy to avoid this game but where’s the fun in that? With the stadiums empty home advantage is gone. That’s demonstrated with one home win across all 9 fixtures in Match Week 26. I look at these two teams & Kai Havertz is the most talented player. He’s been in scintillating form since the turn of the year, scoring 9 goals & providing 7 assists across 14 games. I feel he’ll be the difference.
Prediction: Back Bayer Leverkusen on the Money Line at +180.
Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig
One result can change everything. Last week Leipzig were in the title race, this week by the time kick off comes around, they could find themselves down to 5th & 10 points behind Bayern. With COVID-19 distorting this summer’s transfer market, there’s talk of keeping star players Dayot Upamecano & Timo Werner. Qualifying for the Champions League will be key to that.
Mainz are sitting just 4 points off the relegation zone thanks to Pierre Kunde & Köln’s defense. They backed off & he took full advantage, dribbling through & stabbing the ball past Timo Horn to get his side a point. I can’t see Leipzig’s defense being that generous, especially with Upemacano returning from suspension.
Prediction: Back RB Leipzig on the Money Line at -225.
(They dominated Freiburg last weekend recording 66% possession & 22 shots on goal with 8 on target. With players like set-piece specialist Marcel Sabitzer getting closer to full fitness they’ll find their rhythm soon.)
SC Paderborn vs Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim have been inconsistent this year struggling to adapt to life without Julian Nagelsmann. They find themselves on a horrible run of 7 games without a win & Paderborn are the perfect opposition to bring that to an end.
Rooted to the bottom of the table, 10 points from safety & looking certain to return to 2. Bundesliga, it would be easy to see this season as a failure. Paderborn are operating on a reported budget of 11 million euros. That covers players wages, staff wages, travel, hotels & everything else a team needs to function. It actually makes their record of 4 wins, 5 draws & 17 losses look quite impressive.
Prediction: Back Hoffenheim on the Money Line at +108.
(These are very generous odds for a team that was in the Champions League last year & are pushing for Europa League qualification this season.)
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