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Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich Offer a Enticing Matchup

VfB Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich

It is first versus eighth this weekend as Bayern Munich visit VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the ninth matchday of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.

Die Bayern and Die Schwaben are coming off of thrilling draws in the last time out, which should give them enough motivation to make this a fascinating clash since they are both eager to win.

Although Bayern Munich remain on top of the Bundesliga table with 19 points, fellow contenders in Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are breathing down on their necks with 18 points apiece, so there will be no room for complacency.

This match is also a must-win for VfB Stuttgart as they slipped to the eighth spot at the table, and this will be their chance to show off their mettle.

The hosts so far have drawn out positive Bundesliga 2020 results with two wins, five draws, and only one loss. However, most of those came against the lower-tier teams in the German top-flight.

Can they keep it going against the defending champions? Today, SBOTOP examines both of these clubs with today’s match preview.

Talking Points

Robert Lewandowski looking to add more goals

This season’s race for the Golden Boot award will witness some serious competition as multiple strikers have been on target.

While BVB’s Erling Braut Haaland has been getting much of the spotlight recently with his goalscoring exploits, let’s not forget Robert Lewandowski – who continues to be Bayern Munich’s focal point of their vaunted attack.

The Poland international leads the league with 11 goals and four assists in the seven games he has played, and he will look to add more to make a strong case.

Speaking of making a strong case, one can argue that Lewandowski was robbed of winning his first Ballon d’Or this year and a lot of football fans agree.

Because of this, Lewandowski started this season playing with more inspiration and fire despite his advancing age.

And after failing to find the back of the net in last week’s tiff against Werder Bremen, he will definitely be hungry to score once again, which should spell bad news for VfB Stuttgart.

Robert Lewandowski could score yet again in Bayern Munich's Bundesliga game vs VfB Stuttgart

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their first goal vs FC Salzburg

Can VfB Stuttgart live up to their promise?

Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has done a great job in steering VfB Stuttgart to a promising direction in their first season back in top-flight, but now they face their biggest test yet.

Facing a team like Bayern Munich, all hands need to be on deck in order to draw out a positive result.

Their defence will be the main point of emphasis this weekend as they failed to secure a clean sheet in their last four matches.

Scoring won’t be a problem at all for VfB Stuttgart especially with their capable strikers, but they cannot afford to engage the defending champions into a shootout.

Youngsters Sasa Kalajdzic and Nicolas Gonzalez spearhead their attack with three goals each so far, and they will need to be on target this Saturday.

History

Despite jumping in and out in the German top-flight, VfB Stuttgart have a rich history playing against Bayern Munich.

They have locked horns in 45 matches, but Die Schwaben have only won nine times while Die Bayern won in 32 along with four draws.

One of those rare wins came from two years ago when VfB Stuttgart notched a major upset with a 4-1 win.

Daniel Ginczek scored a brace, while Anastasios Donis and Chadrac Akolo added one each for Stuttgart. Meanwhile, only Corentin Tolisso scored for Bayern Munich.

That game slightly delayed the Bavarian giants’ sixth consecutive title coronation at the time, but they eventually got it given their 21-point advantage over second-seeded Schalke.

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VfB Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.77
November 28. 22:30 (GMT+8)

Betting for the defending Bundesliga champions to win is the best proposition for value this weekend.

Bayern Munich are backed to win by the Bundesliga 2020 odds at 1.30, while VfB Stuttgart are priced at 7.60, and chances for a draw are at 5.80 in the 1X2 market.

This has the makings to be a goalfest from these two sides, so placing your wagers on Over 2.50 @ 2.03 or Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.66 are good alternatives as well.

VfB Stuttgart are going to have a long night since they have yet to face a team with Bayern Munich’s calibre.

The Bavarian giants may be fatigued with playing matches left and right, but their superior depth and quality is what keeps them above all teams in the Bundesliga.

Hansi Flick’s men should take care of business as they are widely expected to grab their seventh win of the season.

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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund Blow It Against Struggling Koln

Borussia Dortmund missed a glorious chance to keep the pressure up at the top of the Bundesliga this weekend after a catastrophic defeat at home to struggling Koln left them trailing Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, who both collected three points.

Meanwhile, a first league win in 19 attempts has lifted Marcus Gisdol’s Koln out of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the league table. After a tough season last term which ended with a 14th place finish, this result was as surprising as it was invaluable for die Geissbocke.

Winners – Koln

It was one of the most shocking Bundesliga 2020 results of the campaign so far, which makes FC Koln the weekend’s big winners. The underdogs would have finished the round joint bottom had they not stunned BVB; so the psychological lift could be huge as they embark on another survival campaign.

Ellyes Skhiri was the hero, scoring twice, in almost identical circumstances, converting at the back post following a flick-on from Marius Wolf, first in the ninth minute, and then on the hour to double the lead before Thorgan Hazard pulled one back for the hosts. These were the only two clear cut chances the visitors had, but they made them count while packing the midfield to frustrate BVB’s creative players, with Jadon Sancho and Axel Witsel both finding space hard to come by. And when they did make progress, Koln had built a defensive wall which stood firm.

It was a classic backs-to-the-wall performance by a team desperate for points, and they executed their plan to perfection.

Losers – Borussia Dortmund

As a result of this defeat die Schwarzgelben have drifted in the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds to around 9.00 to win the league, but they only have themselves to blame, switching off twice to allow Skhiri to score; and that proved fatal.

Only last week, here at SBOTOP, we were hailing BVB and super striker Erling Braut Haaland, but a week is a long time in football, and when he had a great chance to level in the final minute the Norwegian steered his effort hopelessly wide with the goal at his mercy. Sancho had rattled the woodwork early in the game but a miss is a miss, no matter how close.

The result was a bitter blow to Lucien Favre’s team which was gathering some momentum, and I suspect defending at corners will be a regular feature in the coming week’s training schedule!

Winner – Christopher Nkunku

RB Leipzig took advantage of BVB’s defeat to climb into second place with a 2-1 victory over Armina Bielefeld. After Angelino had given die Roten Bullen an early goal Nkunku doubled the advantage with a peach of a strike just after the break, taking a pass from Dani Olmo and rifling an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.

The 23-year-old former PSG man has received call-ups to the France squad and this performance won’t have done his international chances any harm at all.

RB Leipzig are now second in the Bundesliga table after their 2-1 win against Arminia Bielefeld

Christopher Nkunku celebrates with his teammates after scoring RB Leipzig’s second goal against Arminia Bielefeld

Loser – Kevin Mohwald

For every player who has a good day, there’s another who has a game they’d rather forget, and Werder Bremen’s Kevin Mohwald falls into that category. His team missed a chance to climb close to the European places having matched high flying Wolfsburg for most of their meeting at the Volkswagen Arena. The hosts were protecting an unbeaten record and Mohwald scored a header to make it 2-2 approaching half time.

But the 27-year-old midfielder picked up a yellow card for a rash challenge on Josip Brekalo, and with Werder chasing the game he picked up a red card after a pointless and nasty tackle on Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Phillip.

A promising day went sour for Mohwald who lost his place on the pitch while his team missed out on points as die Wolfe went on to win 5-3.

Winners – Bayern Munich

They are winners almost every week, and another good performance in a 1-3 victory over VfB Stuttgart keeps die Bayern top of the league, and now four points clear of BVB. Robert Lewandowski was on target again and the red hot Pole continues to hold off Dortmund’s Haaland in the race for the Golden Boot. Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa also made the score-sheet.

Losers – Schalke 04

Bottom club Schalke 04 may have thought they were in for a good day when Benito Raman latched onto a through ball from Mark Uth, before smashing it home to level the scores, minutes after Florian Neuhaus had given Borussia Monchengladbach a lead. But that was as good as it got for Schalke 04 as die Fohlen ran riot to secure a 4-1 victory.

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Bundesliga: Hertha and Union Meet Again For Another Berlin Derby

Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin

It is going to be a matchup between East and West as Union Berlin fly over at the Olympiastadion to face off with Hertha Berlin this Friday evening.

This will be the third installation of the East-West Berlin Derby here in the Bundesliga. In the last time that they met, Hertha Berlin thrashed their rivals In high-scoring fashion with a scoreline of 4-0, but a lot has changed since then.

As of the moment, these two proud sides occupy different spots at the German top-flight standings.

The visitors are punching above their weight since they are at sixth with 16 points. Meanwhile, the hosts are at 13th place with only eight points.

Urs Fischer’s men should get a ton of credit as they have been riding hot in form. Union Berlin haven’t lost a match since late September because of their superb play on both ends of the pitch.

But the same can’t be said for Hertha Berlin since they have won only one in their last five. The Bruno Labaddia-mentored team is hopeful to find some home comfort in order to bust out of their slump.

Can Union Berlin exact revenge over their rivals? Or will Hertha Berlin find ways to win? Read on below as SBOTOP previews this exciting fixture.

Talking Points

Hertha Berlin struggling with inconsistency

Die Alte Dame are in danger for the drop if they don’t get their act right quickly.

Wins are hard to come by for Bruno Labaddia’s men especially these past weeks to where they faced three of the Bundesliga’s title contenders.

They were beaten narrowly by Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. After that, they were pummeled by Borussia Dortmund with a 5-2 tally.

But in the last time out, Hertha Berlin held Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw in what was an encouraging performance.

Hertha Berlin’s defence has been suspect as they’ve conceded 18 already this term, while they’ve put in 15 of their own.

Hertha Berlin are sitting at the 13th spot in the Bundesliga table with 8 points

Matheus Cunha celebrates scoring their first goal against Borussia Dortmund

Although Matheus Cunha, Jhon Cordoba, and Dodi Lukebakio have shown the capability to produce Bundesliga 2020 highlights out front, Hertha Berlin would need to bring more intensity at the back to give themselves a better chance of winning every game.

Union Berlin are in Kruse-control

This is Union Berlin’s second season back in German top-flight and they have shown no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

Urs Fischer’s side has been remarkable despite missing key players due to COVID-19 and injuries, and now they’re suddenly in contention for a possible Europa League berth.

Max Kruse’s goalscoring exploits have been well-documented given he leads the club with six, but the more impressive statistic in my eyes is his five assists in nine games.

The 32-year-old striker may not be the flashiest or fastest out there, but his creativity and leadership have been rubbing his teammates the right way.

After a year playing for Fenerbahce in Turkey, Kruse’s comeback tour in Germany has been a success.

He is currently in the Top 5 for the Golden Boot award this term which is a testament to his hardwork and dedication.

History

Since Union Berlin are not regulars in the Bundesliga, their games against Hertha Berlin have come few and far between.

They’ve split the two top-flight meetings prior to this weekend, but overall, Hertha Berlin have the slight edge in the head-to-heads.

Die Alte Dame won in three matches, while Union Berlin won twice along with two draws.

Matheus Cunha and Dodi Lukebakio played huge roles during their last encounter against Union Berlin. They are two of the team’s leading scorers and they will be tasked to spearhead their attack for this match.

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Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin Union Berlin Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 2.19
December 5, 03:30 (GMT+8)

Statistics and recent form often get thrown out of the window in these derbies, so we can expect a belter of a match for this weekend.

The Bundesliga 2020 odds point to a close affair as Hertha Berlin are priced at 2.38 to win, while Union Berlin are placed at 2.84, and chances for a draw are at 3.35 in the 1×2 market.

Union Berlin are showing glimpses of their potential with their superb performances lately.

They will eventually cool off as soon as they’ll face the tougher part of their schedule. However, they should have no problems in dispatching their rivals in what will be another chapter of this exciting derby.

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Top of the Table Bundesliga Clash is Mouth-Watering – but Bayern will Win Again!

Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig

A top of the table Bundesliga clash on Saturday teatime – what’s not to like for the neutrals?

Indeed, what’s not to like for football fans full stop (that is, of course, unless your team loses).

The champions of Germany and Europe hosting the young upstarts whose meteoric rise from the fifth tier to the Champions League semi-finals last season caught the attention of the footballing world.

Those who keep a close eye on RB Leipzig, of course, include German juggernauts Bayern Munich, who have seen a new rival quickly establishing themselves in the Bundesliga and beyond.

That means Bundesliga highlights are a cert this weekend, right?

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Not only is this a meeting between the top two – Bayern have a two point cushion at the summit – but it is a meeting between the best attack and best defence in the division.

Bayern have already scored 10 goals more than the next best attacking teams in Borussia Dortmund and Union Berlin, while Leipzig have the best defence in the league.

They both also warmed up for this with good results, although contrasting tales, in the Champions League in midweek.

With the group already won and their place in the last 16 of the Champions League assured, Bayern rested a number of key players but still earned an impressive point at Atletico Madrid – a match in which coach Hans Flick was afforded the luxury of making nine changes to leave his players, in theory, fresh for the weekend.

His opposite number, Julian Nagelsmann, had no such opportunity and it took a 90th minute winner from Alexander Sorloth to seal a dramatic 4-3 win in Istanbul against Turkish champions Basaksehir.

RB Leipzig are only two points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table

RB Leipzig players celebrate after beating Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. in Champions League

That means if they defeat Manchester United in their final group game next week, they will progress to the knockout stages for a second successive season.

That is unlikely to be in their minds on Saturday though as they take on a team which acts as the barometer for success.

Bayern may seem a big gap to bridge but there are signs Leipzig are heading in an upward direction.

Although they finished a whopping 16 points behind the Bavarians in the Bundesliga table last season, they finished just three points behind Dortmund who were runners-up.

Nagelsmann will be without long-term absentees Konrad Laimer (ankle), Fabrice Hartmann and Lukas Klostermann (both knee) this weekend, with Hwang Hee-chan (coronavirus) and Benjamin Henrichs (also knee) likely to be absent too.

For Bayern, their main missing men will be Joshua Kimmich – who made his professional debut for Leipzig in the German third division – and Alphonso Davies.

As 2021 approaches, Bayern fans received welcome news this week with the sight of both players training – suggesting they could make New Year returns.

Certainly, the pictures again showed why Bayern’s ruthless efficiency makes them favourites for most encounters in which they participate.

They will surely have too much for Leipzig again.

History

The most recent three meetings between these sides have ended all square.

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended goalless as Leipzig showed their mettle, even if they faded away later on, and showed they can take on and live with the very best in head-to-head encounters.

They had drawn one apiece earlier in the campaign when top scorer Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead before a Emil Forsberg penalty earned Leipzig a point.

In the last 10 meetings in league and cup, Leipzig have only tasted victory once.

That was on home turf in March 2018 when goals from Naby Keita and Timo Werner – both who now ply their trade in the Premier League – overturned an opener from Sandro Wagner.

Overall, they have met on 10 occasions with Bayern triumphing five times and the other four meetings ending level.

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Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 2.20
December 6, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP Bundesliga betting odds rarely make the top team in Europe second favourites in any contest and this weekend is no exception.

Bayern can be backed 1X2 @ 1.49 or Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 2.31.

Leipzig are obviously a good side themselves and have very generous odds 1X2 @ 5.40 and Asian Handicap + 1.00 @ 2.19.

Another goalless draw will pay out with odds of @ 32.00, a draw generally @ 4.70 and goals galore – Total Goals 2-3 – @ 2.43.

I cannot bet against Bayern, while Leipzig had the added task of playing a day later than their hosts and had to travel back from Turkey in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Five Key Things to Take from Bundesliga Weekend

Hertha Berlin maintain bragging rights

Union Berlin may be hot on their heels – 18 months after securing their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga – but Hertha still have the edge in the capital (for now at least).

The perennial mid-table side, who pipped Union on goal difference last season, had a ready-made derby hero in Krzysztof Piatek who came off the bench to score twice and register his first Bundesliga brace.

Granted, who knows what would have happened in the Olympiastadion had Union not been reduced to 10 men for a high challenge by Robert Andrich, just three minutes after they took a lead.

They still led at the break but Hertha – who had the worst home record in the division before kick-off – were rescued by Piatek who has now scored five of his seven goals in the German top flight as a substitute.

Despite producing more Bundesliga clubs than any other city, only six matches have ever been played between capital clubs in the top flight.

In January 1990, just two months after the Berlin Wall was torn down, more than 50,000 fans witnessed the first match between Hertha and Union in 28 years.

It turned into a celebration of Berlin.

“Spectators were basically holding each other in their arms and celebrating,” recalls former Hertha forward Sven Kretschmer, who played in the 2-1 loss before the two sides went out for dinner together.

The rivalry is, reportedly, no longer as friendly.

Now is the best time to play Bayern

That may seem an odd thing to say in a week when a weakened side came from behind to draw at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and then twice overcame deficits to claw a point against RB Leipzig, but Bayern Munich aren’t quite at their best in this moment.

Sure, this SBOTOP observer has no doubt they will retain the Bundesliga title and they remain the team to beat in Europe too, but right now is the best chance opponents will have for some time of taking something from them (even if it is only a point!).

Against Leipzig they went behind for the fourth game in a row, perhaps no surprise given the absentees of key men have made them temporarily weaker.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig settle for a point each after the match ended in a 3-3 draw

Thomas Muller scored Bayern Munich third goal against RB Leipzig with a header

Hans Flick’s charges won’t be like that for too long so it could be a good time to play them before the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies return.

The fact they showed their character to come back not once but twice, including a goalscoring appearance from the bench for 17-year-old Jamal Musiala – on for the injured Javi Martinez – shows just how strong the champions will be when they are back at full strength.

Bayern have earned 87 points in 34 league games under Flick so far, giving the 55-year-old the best record in league history at such a juncture.

His opposite number Julian Nagelsmann has picked up at least a point in six of his nine Bundesliga matches against Bayern (two wins, four draws). He has not lost against the Reds while in charge of Leipzig (three draws).

Frankfurt really are the draw specialists

This was their seventh draw in just 10 matches this term and their fifth consecutive draw in the Bundesliga. In fact, they have only lost once, a record only bettered by two sides in the German top flight. By contrast, until this encounter, Dortmund last drew in the Bundesliga on December 17 last year when they played out a barnstorming 3-3 draw with Leipzig.

Dortmund miss Haaland

Any side would miss a talent as precocious as Erling Braut Haaland.

That, in itself, is not a shock but in matches like their weekend draw is proof that their chances of keeping pace at the top of the table depend heavily on the young Norwegian, Dortmund’s 10-goal top scorer.

Even with him, there is an argument that they need to start games much quicker. They have now failed to score in the first half of any away game this season. Lucien Favre’s men have, in fact, netted 19 of their 22 league goals this campaign in the second half.

With Haaland ruled out for the remainder of 2020 due to a hamstring strain and set to miss at least six games in all competitions, it is a stat they need to remedy quickly.

Polar opposites help Leverkusen close the gap

During a weekend in which four of the top five teams drew, Bayer Leverkusen must have relished a visit to their polar opposites in the form table.

One of only two unbeaten teams left in this season’s Bundesliga along with Wolfsburg, Peter Bosz’s closed the gap on leaders Bayern to a point with victory at rock-bottom Schalke.

The stats don’t read well for Schalke who are actually only second to Tasmania Berlin in the longest winless streak department (32 matches).

The Royal Blues also scored their second own goal of the season against Leverkusen – more than any other club – their 50th own goal in the Bundesliga overall.

Interestingly, the last time Lukas Hradecky saved a penalty in the Bundesliga was also against Schalke, keeping out an effort from Daniel Caligiuri in May last year.

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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund Must Beware of Dangerous Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund vs VfB Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund are in the midst of their first rough patch of the Bundesliga season. They’ve won just one of their last four matches, which has seen them slide down to fourth in the table.

And now, BVB face a tricky test at home against newly promoted VfB Stuttgart, who just ended their own long winless drought last weekend.

Stuttgart have scored in each of their first 10 matches this season and will be eager to defy the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds against much-fancied Dortmund.

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Dortmund trying to cope with Haaland absence

Borussia Dortmund finally got back to winning ways as they beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 to win their Champions League group. After going behind early, Dortmund came back in the second half thanks to goals from Lukasz Piszczek and Axel Witsel to claim the victory.

Prior to that match, Dortmund had gone three consecutive matches without a win. That includes a couple of disappointing Bundesliga 2020 results: a shock 2-1 home defeat to Koln and a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dortmund have had to play the last three matches without star striker Erling Haaland, who will be out until the New Year due to a muscle injury.

Manager Lucien Favre has been using several different combinations in attack, mixing and matching the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, and Gio Reyna to make up for Haaland’s absence.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko – who made more history by becoming the youngest player to feature in the Champions League – has also come on as a substitute in three of the last four games and should provide another dangerous weapon off the bench.

Dortmund started Reus and Hazard up front against Zenit, so Sancho and Reyna — who both came on as substitutes — could be set to return to the starting XI against Stuttgart.

Stuttgart still scoring on a consistent basis

Stuttgart finally picked up their first league win since October as they beat Werder Bremen 2-1 away from home last time out.

That win snapped Stuttgart’s run of five matches without a win. They had drawn four consecutive matches — including two winnable games against relegation strugglers Koln and Schalke — before losing 3-1 to Bayern Munich.

Can Silas Wamangituka score a goal against match favourites Borussia Dortmund in their upcoming Bundesliga match?

Silas Wamangituka scores their second goal against Werder Bremen

Silas Wamangituka scored a brace in the win at Bremen, although his second goal – which came in stoppage time – caused some controversy as he seemingly taunted the Werder defence before walking the ball into an open goal.

The speedy 21-year-old winger is having a terrific debut season in the Bundesliga. He leads the club with five goals and also has two assists in 10 matches.

Stuttgart have been without top striker Nicolas Gonzalez for the last two matches due to a knee injury. But he should be set to return for the Dortmund match, which will be a boost to a prolific Stuttgart attack that has already scored 19 goals this season (tied for fifth in the league).

They haven’t been quite as impressive on the other end; they’ve kept just one clean sheet to date and have conceded 16 goals overall. They will likely need to outduel Dortmund’s attack if they hope to come away from Signal Iduna Park with a positive result.

History

Despite Stuttgart’s status as one of German football’s more successful sides, Dortmund have dominated their head-to-head matchups in recent years.

BVB have won nine out of their last 11 league meetings and have lost just once in the last 16 (10 wins, five draws). Stuttgart’s last win at Dortmund came all the way back in 2007.

This matchup has also been a fairly high-scoring affair in recent years, with Dortmund doing most of the scoring. They’ve scored at least three goals against Stuttgart in eight of their last 10 matches, while there have been at least three goals in every match between the two clubs in 12 of their last 13 meetings.

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Borussia Dortmund vs VfB Stuttgart VfB Stuttgart Asian Handicap +1.25 @ 1.82
December 12, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Despite their recent struggles, SBOTOP odds still have Borussia Dortmund priced as massive 1.52 favourites to beat Stuttgart at home. The visitors are 5.40 to pull off the upset, while a draw is 4.40.

There is a decent case to be made for Stuttgart making this match more competitive than expected. They have been quite tough to beat this season; only Bayern Munich have beaten them since their opening-day loss to Freiburg.

Dortmund will be a bit fatigued after having to come from behind away to Zenit. Meanwhile, Stuttgart should have the attacking firepower to stay within a goal of Dortmund, or even come away with a point.

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Bundesliga: High-Flying Union Berlin Eyeing Big Bayern Upset

Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

Union Berlin have been one of the big surprises in the Bundesliga this season. Die Eisernen find themselves up in eighth place after an eight-game unbeaten run that recently ended last week in the Berlin derby.

But they will face their toughest test to date as they welcome the defending champions, Bayern Munich, to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Bayern have not been at their absolute best of late, with their defence looking particularly shaky. But the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds nevertheless still have them as overwhelming favourites to send high-flying Union further back down to earth.

Talking Points

Union Berlin’s unbeaten run finally over

Union Berlin’s impressive run Bundesliga 2020 results – eight matches unbeaten (four wins, four draws) – finally came to an end as they fell 3-1 to city rivals Hertha Berlin in the derby.

Union had taken an early lead through Taiwo Awoniyi, but they went down to 10 men minutes later after Robert Andrich was sent off for a clumsy challenge.

They held on to their lead until the second half, where Hertha eventually broke through to win the match.

Bundesliga: Robert Andrich has been one of the key players in Union Berlin with three goals this season

Union Berlin’s Robert Andrich looking dejected after receiving a red card during their match against Hertha Berlin

Andrich will now be suspended for their match against Bayern, which will be a huge blow. The 26-year-old midfielder has been one of Union’s standout players this season with three goals and has started every match thus far.

Bayern Munich getting back to full strength

Bayern Munich Bayern Munich finished the Champions League group stage in style as they cruised to a 2-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow.

With qualification long secured, manager Hansi Flick was once again able to field a heavily rotated side for the second Champions League match running. Stars Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, and Kingsley Coman got the much-needed night off against Lokomotiv while youngsters such as Marc Roca, Jamal Musiala, and Chris Richards received some valuable playing time.

That match also marked the return of exciting young left-back Alphonso Davies after missing the last few weeks due to an ankle injury. Midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also getting close to full fitness after a muscle injury, while Joshua Kimmich has returned to individual training.

Bayern should be back to full-strength for their visit against Union, with the likes of Lewandowski and Coman set to return and join Thomas Muller in attack.

Lewandowski remains in spectacular form this season and already has 12 goals with four assists in nine Bundesliga matches. Muller hasn’t been too bad himself with six goals and six assists.

Meanwhile, Coman – whose goal won Bayern the Champions League – has raised his game to another level of late. The French winger has scored three goals and assisted five more over his last four matches. That includes a hat-trick of assists in Bayern’s 3-3 draw against RB Leipzig.

With big-money signing Leroy Sane failing to impress during his recent run of starts, Serge Gnabry looks set to reclaim the other wing spot in the first XI in Berlin.

History

There’s not much history to speak of between Bayern and Union Berlin, with the former having just gained promotion to the Bundesliga last season.

As expected, Bayern won both meetings last season. Although, they weren’t as one-sided as usual. Bayern beat Union 2-1 at home, then won 2-0 in Berlin.

Interestingly, Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard both scored a goal apiece in both of Bayern’s wins.

Betting Tip

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Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.82
December 13, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have sided heavily with Bayern and have installed them as massive 1.31 favourites over Union, who are 8.00 underdogs at home.

It’s understandable that despite Union’s impressive start to the season, there’s still a huge talent gap between them and Bayern. That gap figures to be even greater with the absence of Andrich, who has been one of Union’s key players.

While Bayern have looked unconvincing of late, they are fresh and well-rested for this match and should be able to pull off a comfortable away win in the capital.

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Bundesliga: Winners and Losers Round 11

Another weekend is almost over in the Bundesliga, and yet again we’ve had some sensational action from across the league; some delights, some disasters and a surprise or two in the mix.

When Saturday’s Bundesliga 2020 results rolled in, it was in Stuttgart where the shock waves reverberated, but there was also a struggle for Bayern in Berlin, while Red Bull continued to charge up the table.

Winners

VfB Stuttgart

Here at SBOTOP we said that Stuttgart was a dangerous customer, but nobody could have expected the manner in which Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund was dismantled in their own home. Silas Wamangituka gave the visitors an early lead from the penalty spot, but when Gio Reyna quickly struck back for Die Schwarzgelben, a home win looked on the cards.

But Stuttgart hit their hosts with a second-half whirlwind, scoring four unanswered goals to run out 5-1 winners as Wamangituka completed his brace. It was the first time Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart had won at the Signal Iduna Stadium in 12 attempts but it was BVB’s third home defeat in succession.

Stuttgart climb to seventh place, just two points behind Dortmund in fifth.

Red Bull Leipzig

Die Roten Bullen drew level with FC Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table, on 24 points, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen. Marcel Sabitzer gave them an early lead and Dani Olmo doubled the advantage before the break as Red Bull saw out a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Union Berlin did Red Bull a huge favour by holding Die Bayern to a 1-1 draw, the hosts led at the breakthrough Grischa Promel, but Robert Lewandowski scored his 13th goal of the season to give the champions a point.

Bayer Leverkusen could leapfrog both Red Bull and Bayern when they play at home to Hoffenheim on Sunday. The Bundesliga 2020 betting odds still back Die Bayern heavily, but this weekend belongs to Leipzig in the chase for the 2020/21 title.

Matteo Guendouzi

Former Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has slotted into the Hertha Berlin side as a defensive midfielder but he showed just what he can do in the attacking third against Borussia Monchengladbach. When Vladimir Darida picked him out just outside the penalty area he rifled an unstoppable shot into the top right corner as Hertha shared the spoils with Die Fohlen in a 1-1 draw.

Matteo Guendouzi scored his first goal in Bundesliga this season

Matteo Guendouzi in action during Hertha Berlin’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach

That will give Guendouzi more confidence, while also prompting Arsenal fans to wonder what they are missing as they struggle for points in the Premier League.

Losers

FSV Mainz

A home game against struggling FC Koln was an ideal opportunity for Mainz to improve their uncomfortable position and move up into the play-off spot in 16th. But despite having 60 per cent possession and 15 shots to Koln’s nine, they were wasteful in front of goal and paid the price.

Elvis Rexhbecaj gave Koln a lead early in the second half, and even when the visitors had Ondrej Duda sent off, Mainz couldn’t break down the ten men and they stay in the drop zone.

Ludwig Augustinsson

Werder Bremen had a tough enough task to get a result against high flying Red Bull but it became a whole lot more difficult when Bremen’s Ludwig Augustinsson handed their hosts a gift midway through the first half. The Swedish left back put in a clumsy challenge on Yussuf Poulsen to earn a yellow card and give Die Roten Bullen a penalty which Sabitzer gratefully converted.

Augustinsson has been an impressive performer for both Werder and his national team over the past three seasons, but this was a bad day at the office.

Erling Braut Haaland

There’s nothing worse than watching your team get annihilated from the sidelines. We fans have to suffer that fate from time to time but on Saturday, at the Signal Iduna Park, it was the turn of BVB striker Erling Braut Haaland.

The big Norwegian striker had to sit out Dortmund’s Champions League draw with Lazio with a hamstring injury and he’s going to be out until January. And with another transfer window around the corner there is the usual speculation surrounding Haaland’s future. The 20 year old was pursued by Manchester United in the summer, and he’s been in startling form again this season, netting 17 goals in 14 games, in all competitions, and he’s now reported to be on Manchester City’s radar.

But a release clause of £68m isn’t valid until summer 2020 and that strengthens BVB’s hand. They need their star striker back and firing in January.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Isn’t Scared Of The Big Bad Wolf!

Bayern Munich vs VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg head to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to meet the mighty Bayern, but their hosts’ current form is not quite as frightening as it has been in recent seasons, and the Wolves will hope to give their opponents a nasty bite.

Hansi Flick’s Bayern will be determined to bounce back from a draw with Union Berlin and assert themselves once again at the summit of the Bundesliga table. They have conceded top spot to Bayer Leverkusen and that won’t sit well with the domestic and European champions, so they will look their enemy in the eye and without fear.

Wolfsburg, spearheaded by the giant striker Wout Weghorst are on a fine run of form and can draw level on points with Bayern if they can beat the reigning champions. This match promises to be a treat for SBOTOP Bundesliga with goals all but guaranteed.

Talking Points

Too many draws for Die Bayern

Die Bayern haven’t been at their best in recent weeks, with a sequence of Bundesliga 2020 results featuring rather too many draws for head coach Hansi Flick’s liking, three in the last four outings to be precise. Robert Lewandowski netted his 13th goal of the season to snatch a point against Union Berlin at the weekend and recent draws with Red Bull Leipzig and Werder Bremen sandwiched a rare victory over Stuttgart.

Is this just an early season blip? There is no rhyme or reason to Bayern’s current form other than the continued absence of Joshua Kimmich with a knee injury and Javi Martinez with a strained hamstring. But Flick has a deep squad packed with experience and young talent. Lewandowski’s partner up front, Thomas Muller has six goals already while Serge Gnabry, with four and Kingsley Coman, with six assists, ensure the future is bright in Bavaria.

And Bayern are boosted by the return of full-back Alphonso Davies, who made his comeback against Union Berlin and should keep his place against Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Die Bayern need to start winning again and some unlucky team is due a hammering.

Wolfsburg’s winning run

But it won’t necessarily be Wolfsburg.

Head coach Oliver Glasner has guided his side up into the Champions League places and they are one of two teams, alongside Bayer Leverkusen, who remain unbeaten this season, with five wins and six draws.

Wout Weghorst already scored nine goals in Bundesliga this season

VfL Wolfsburg Wout Weghorst scored against Eintracht Frankfurt

Six foot six inch Dutch striker Wout Weghorst has nine goals already this season, bagging two in Wolfsburg’s 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, a result which lifted Die Wolfe up to fourth place in the league table.  Wolfsburg looked set to go down to their first defeat of the season when Bas Dost gave Frankfurt a lead, but two goals in the last 15 minutes turned the game on its head.

The big man has scored 42 goals for Wolfsburg in 77 games and is third top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, behind Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland.

Midfield man Max Arnold is Wolfsburg through and through, making his debut in 2011 at the age of 17, the youngest ever debutant for the club, and has since made over 200 appearances. He’s a classy ball player and a good source of ammunition for Weghorst so the Bayern midfielders will have a close eye on him.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Koen Casteels has played over 100 games for Wolfsburg and has been given the captain’s armband; he’s likely to be a busy man on Wednesday.

History

The pre-match FC Bayern vs Wolfsburg betting odds predict a home win and, when you look at the head to head statistics, it would simply be a continuation of Die Bayern’s total domination over Wolfsburg. The Bavarians have won 42 of the 53 meetings between the two sides since 1997, while Wolfsburg have managed just five wins and six draws in that time.

Bayern have won the last five meetings, and the last three with a goal difference of 12 to nil. The most recent clash ended in a 4-0 drubbing for Wolfsburg on their own turf when both Lewandowski and Muller were on target for Die Bayern.

But with four wins from the last five games Wolfsburg are in great form, though they have only won once on the road this season, drawing the other four.

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Bayern Munich vs VfL Wolfsburg Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.91
December 17, 3:30 (GMT+8)

Bayern is at 1.33 to win this match while the draw is at 5.20 and Wolfsburg at 8.00.

Those are short odds for a team not firing on all cylinders against a side which is; but I suspect Bayern’s run of draws is a blip, and expect normal service to resume on Wednesday when they need to up their game against a fierce opponent.

They need to keep Weghorst under control and if they can, for an outside bet, a score line of 3-1 at 8.25 shouldn’t be far off the mark.

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Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich Clash at the Summit

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

The race to this year’s Bundesliga championship is getting better and better by the day and football fans will be treated to another belter this weekend.

This will be a big matchday for most teams — including Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich — as the top spot of the table will be up for grabs.

Bayer Leverkusen are currently on top with 25 points but the defending champions are just right behind them with 24 points.

Die Werkself have been riding hot in form as they are unbeaten for more than a month, which means that momentum is on their side.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have struggled on maintaining form and they are keen on turning things around right away.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig also have 24 points, while Borussia Dortmund are at fourth place with 22 and they too have an important fixture versus Union Berlin.

Talking Points

Bayer Leverkusen mounting a surprising run

A lot of us here at SBOTOP are surprised that Bayer Leverkusen are now on top of the Bundesliga especially since they lost Kai Havertz to Chelsea this offseason.

But Peter Bosz and his men should get a ton of credit for achieving such feat as they have been doing it by committee week in and week out.

Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz instructs Wirtz during their Bundesliga game vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz reacts during their Bundesliga game vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Argentine forward Lucas Alario spearheads their attack with 10 goals and numerous Bundesliga 2020 highlights, and he is accompanied by the wing combo of Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby who have notched 13 goals and 10 assists total.

They are no slouch on the defensive end as they are the second-best team in terms of conceding goals with only 10, as youngsters Edmond Tapsoba and Jonathan Tah marshal the backline by imposing their physicality and toughness.

They are fresh from clinching the top spot in the Europa League group stages so their confidence is at an all-time high.

But first they need to defeat FC Koln tomorrow in order to maintain their momentum ahead of this upcoming match versus the defending champions.

Bayern Munich digging deep in their rotation

Bayern Munich are no longer strangers to having a grueling schedule, but their dip in form lately is a bit concerning.

One can argue that they should be on top of the standings at this point, but they have been bothered by slow starts which eventually led to too many draws.

Injuries have taken a toll on the defending champions, particularly at midfield over these past few weeks.

Joshua Kimmich is out until the start of 2021 due to a muscle injury he sustained versus Borussia Dortmund, while Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez have been nursing knocks as well.

However, Hansi Flick has a deep rotation and he may opt to use Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca, and Thomas Muller in the midfield while Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Douglas Costa will help Robert Lewandowski out front.

Niklas Sule is still not 100-per cent, which means that Jerome Boateng and David Alaba will get extended time at the back.

Alphonso Davies is expected to play again soon, but he will be thrown into the fire right away.

History

Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich have been going at it in the Bundesliga for quite some time now, with the latter being dominant in the overall head-to-heads.

In their 48 matches together, the Bavarian giants have won 30 times, while Bayer Leverkusen won in nine along with nine draws.

In this year alone, Hansi Flick’s men won in two consecutive occasions against Peter Bosz’s side with identical tallies of 4-2.

When these two meet up, goals have come in bunches since neither have recorded a clean sheet over the other in more than two years.

Betting Tip

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 1.94
December 20, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Being the champions that they are, Bayern Munich are backed by the Bundesliga 2020 odds to win in this game.

Hansi Flick’s side is priced at 1.74, while Bayer Leverkusen are pegged at 3.90 to win and a draw is at 3.75 in the 1×2 market.

With capable goalscorers from both of these top-tier clubs, goals can come in abundance here. You may also fancy going for Over 2.50 @ 2.25 or Total Goal 2-3 @ 1.96 as other alternatives.

Bayern Munich struggled at this point of the year last season due to poor personnel management which led to the firing of Niko Kovac. However, this looks more like an early season blip this time around.

So barring any unforeseen circumstances, they should get back up on their feet and remind everyone of their championship pedigree this Saturday evening.

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Bundesliga: BVB Seeking Better Days Under New Regime

Union Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund

At this point last year, defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich laid out the template of changing managers midway, and Borussia Dortmund are hopeful to replicate the same results this time around.

BVB recently sacked Lucien Favre after a disappointing 5-1 defeat versus VfB Stuttgart, as the newly-promoted squad simply had their way in scoring all evening.

Although they bounced back with a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund have only won once in their last four.

They would need to find their form quickly if they want a shot of dethroning Bayern Munich since they’re only fourth in the Bundesliga standings with 22 points.

This weekend, they will take a trip to the Alte Forsterei Arena to face another tough team in Union Berlin.

Urs Fischer’s side is currently at sixth and are level with VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach. So a victory here would surely help them since they have yet to win in their last five games.

Today, SBOTOP takes a look at both of these teams to see how they would fare for this mouthwatering clash.

Talking Points

Union Berlin are having trouble closing out games

With a combination of luck and better play, Die Eisern would’ve been in a better position at the table already.

After losing against Hertha Berlin in the much-awaited Berlin Derby, Union Berlin notched back-to-back draws against Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart.

They had the Bavarian giants on the ropes for much of the evening when Grischa Promel scored in the fourth minute. However, Bayern Munich were bailed out by Robert Lewandowski’s equaliser in the 67th minute.

One week later, the same theme haunted Urs Fischer’s men as they were close to winning once more.

Union Berlin got off to a fast start when Marvin Friedrich scored within the first five minutes, and then Taiwo Awoniyi doubled their lead with a header during the 77th minute.

But fatigue set in during the last 10 minutes and Union Berlin squandered their advantage yet again as VfB Stuttgart ace forward Sasa Kalajdzic tallied back-to-back goals in the 85th and 90th minute to share the spoils.

Urs Fischer's men are currently sitting on the sixth spot in Bundesliga table

Urs Fischer during Union Berlin’s match against Bayern Munich

Union Berlin have been punching above their weight ever since they came back into the German top-flight last season.

But their improving Bundesliga 2020 results have put a target behind their backs, and being in a position of strength is something they have to deal with moving forward.

Edin Terzic’s coaching chops will be tested

Newly-minted manager Edin Terzic passed his first test when they secured their first win in over four games, but can they make it two straight this weekend?

With a roster full of promising young studs, BVB can surely do so. So now the onus is on Terzic to find the right combination in his lineup.

Erling Haaland remains out until New Year due to a nagging muscle injury, which simply means that guys like Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, and Youssoufa Moukoko are all in line to play heavy minutes.

In this game, Jadon Sancho will be the x-factor for BVB. The pacey winger has yet to find his stride so far this season as he has only found the back of the net in two occasions.

Although Sancho has already five assists under his belt, Edin Terzic would need to shift him into more of an attacking role to try fill in the void left by Erling Haaland.

History

Since this is Union Berlin’s second straight season back in German top-flight, matches between them and Borussia Dortmund have only come few and far between.

In their five matches so far, BVB hold the edge with three wins while Union Berlin won once along with one draw.

These two sides last met on February to where Borussia Dortmund thrashed Union Berlin with Erling Haaland scoring a brace, while Axel Witsel, Jadon Sancho, and skipper Marco Reus scored one apiece.

Union Berlin’s only victory in this head-to-head matchup dates back to October 2016.

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Union Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 1.82
December 19, 3:30 (GMT+8)

Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga 2020 odds to win in this contest remain favourable over Union Berlin.

They are priced at 1.82, while Union Berlin are behind at 3.80 and a draw is at 3.50 in the 1×2 market.

While BVB have been struggling as of late, it is hard to count them out given their superior depth and quality over the hosts.

Union Berlin will surely bring the fight against their visitors. However, Borussia Dortmund should come away with a victory in the end.

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Bundesliga: Record Breaker Moukoko Can’t Save BVB

It’s been quite a week in Dortmund. BVB’s new head coach Edin Terzic guided his team to victory over Werder Bremen in his first outing as boss on Tuesday night, and then he blooded 16-year-old  in a tough match away to Union Berlin.

Then, the Cameroon born German striker became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score when he fired home an equaliser on the hour, only to see Marvin Friedrich hit back to win the game for Berlin.

Elsewhere, FC Bayern hit the summit of the league after the top two clashed in the 6:30 (local time) kick-off. Robert Lewandowski scored a late goal to see off Bayer Leverkusen.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Leipzig failed to beat lowly Cologne and Schalke were plunged deeper into trouble when they lost at home to Bielefeld.

BVB are looking forward

The Signal Iduna Park has nurtured some of the finest talent in European football over the past few seasons. US superstar Christian Pulisic and England winger Jadon Sancho have had the Yellow Wall rocking in recent times.

While packed stadiums are still a while away, the Dortmund faithful have plenty to look forward to, but they may have to be patient.

There’s reason to be cheerful though as Moukoko’s strike, in his sixth league appearance at the age of just 16 years and 28 days, made him the youngest top-flight German soccer history by a year. We’ll be watching this young man closely here at SBOTOPas will scouts from the elite clubs throughout Europe.

BVB are beginning a new era under Terzic and he started well against Werder. Despite sitting in fourth place, following three defeats in six games the latest Bundesliga 2020 betting odds still reckon Dortmund are second favourites to lift the title after FC Bayern, but they need to find a winning formula soon, or this young side will have to wait.

Bayern assert authority in top two clash

Robert Lewandowski leads Bayern Munich to a win in their last Bundesliga match against Leverkusen

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski in action against Leverkusen during their latest encounter at BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen started the game on top of the league courtesy of a better goal difference ahead of FC Bayern. Patrik Schick gave them an early lead, but Robert Lewandowski equalised before the break.

It looked like the game was heading for a draw but, deep into injury time, Lewandowski scored again to take Die Bayern three points clear.

The loss of Kai Havertz to Chelsea hasn’t seemed to damage Bayer’s prospects as they entered the game with five wins and a draw over the past six games and, despite this loss, they look a good bet for a top-four place.

Red Bull’s missed chance

Of all this weekend’s Bundesliga 2020 resultsthe big surprise came in Leipzig where the Red Bulls were held to a goalless draw by 15th placed Cologne.

It’s not that Die Roten Bullen didn’t have the chances to win — they had 63 per cent possession and 19 shots to four, with six to one on target — but they could not get past their visitors’ last line of defence.

Cologne keeper Timo Horn put in a captain’s performance to make six good saves and two particularly outstanding ones. He made a superb stop down to his right to keep out a first half effort from Angelino, then late in the game he denied Willi Orban who’s close range header was destined for the bottom corner.

Now 27, Horn rejected Liverpool at the age of 15, he’s Cologne born and bred and he’ll do everything in his power to keep them in the top flight. If he carries on in this form they’ll be just fine.

Schalke in big trouble

With only four points on the board from 12 games and sitting rock bottom, FC Schalke 04 had a great chance to improve their situation with a home six-pointer against new boys Arminia Bielefeld, themselves in peril in 16th place.

But when Fabian Klos headed home a Nathan de Medina cross, Bielefeld took the initiative and their toothless hosts had no reply.

Schalke 04 are now seven points from safety and in danger of being cut off, while Bielefeld have given themselves a chance to climb the table and are now just a point from safety.

Monchengladbach selfcombust

Borussia Monchengladbach have been disappointed in recent weeks by their inability to turn draws into wins, picking up four draws and just one victory in the last five. It was all looking quite rosy against Hoffenheim, who came into the game with back-to-back defeats, when Die Fohlen went into half-time with a lead thanks to a Lars Stindl goal.

But when Andrej Kramaric scored a 75th minute equaliser it all went pear-shaped for Borussia. Marcus Thuram, shortly after coming close to restoring his team’s lead with a powerful low shot on 77 minutes, was sent off two minutes later.

Ryan Sessegnon compounded Die Fohlen’s frustration when he fired home the winner for Hoffenheim with a fierce shot from close range into the top left corner.

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Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen Eyeing Top Spot to Kick Off 2021

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen

Everyone is hopeful that 2021 will be a much better year and the clubs here in the Bundesliga also have the same sentiment.

This Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen will pay a visit to Eintracht Frankfurt as they try to assert the championship credentials in the German top-flight.

As of this writing, Die Werkself are second in the league standings with 28 points and are level with RB Leipzig, while Eintracht Frankfurt are few notches below them – placing ninth with 17 points.

A victory here can push Peter Bosz’s men to the top, which is the icing on the cake for the surprising run they’ve mounted late in 2020. Meanwhile, a favourable result for Frankfurt will help them immensely for their push to an Europa League berth.

But despite the points disparity between these two teams, we can expect nothing less than fireworks and numerous highlights given their history together.

Both clubs have only lost one of their last five matches, so saying that this will be a fun matchup is quite an understatement.

Read on below as SBOTOP offers a preview ahead for this New Year’s Day fixture.

Talking Points

Eintracht Frankfurt seeking to build momentum

Adi Hutter’s side are gunning for an Europa League spot this season. But in order to do so, they must improve their Bundesliga 2020 results.

Eintracht Frankfurt managed to win three of their Bundesliga matches so far this season

Adi Hutter during Eintracht Frankfurt’s match against Borussia Dortmund

The Eagles have drawn eight of their 13 games so far, including six of their last eight, and they are seven points adrift from their preferred destination.

Portuguese striker Andre Silva is their bright spot as he leads the way with nine goals and two assists. He will be a marked man for Bayer Leverkusen’s defence since he has netted two braces in his last five appearances prior to the winter break.

However, he will need to draw out more production from his teammates.

Their second-leading scorer is Bas Dost, who has recorded four goals and two assists, but he has yet to find his stride for the month of December.

Meanwhile, Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada has been impressive for Eintracht Frankfurt with his inspired play recently. He has already tallied two goals and five assists despite coming off the bench as a sub.

All of them will have to click this Saturday in order to complete the upset against the title-hungry Die Werkself.

Bayer Leverkusen facing major lineup doubts

Peter Bosz is hopeful that his lads can heal up quick for the holiday break since he will have lineup doubts for this fixture.

Exequiel Palacios, Santiago Arias, Paulinho, Charles Aranguiz, and the Bender siblings are all recuperating from their respective knocks and their fitness levels remain unknown as of the moment.

However, even if they are to miss this game, the good thing for Bayer Leverkusen is that they still have enough quality to vie for a win.

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The attacking trio of Moussa Diaby, Lucas Alario, and Patrik Schick is a scary proposition of the opposing defence, and the likes of Florian Wirtz and Leon Bailey will anchor the midfield.

Bayer Leverkusen will look to bounce back after they were humbled by defending champions Bayern Munich in the last time out.

History

Before making an educated guess about the possible outcome of this contest, let’s take a look at their previous 34 matches since the turn of the century.

In the said sample size, Bayer Leverkusen own the upper hand with 20 wins, while Eintracht Frankfurt collected 11 victories along with three draws.

Both of these clubs have exchanged wins in their last five games, with Bayer Leverkusen winning the previous one via a 4-0 tally last March.

Recent form slightly favours Die Werkself as they notched three wins in their last five, while Eintract Frankfurt have only won once along with three draws.

Betting Tip

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.87
January 2, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2020 odds are picking the visitors to win. But as mentioned earlier, it will not be a walk in the park.

Bayer Leverkusen are priced to win at 2.17, while Eintracht Frankfurt are pegged at 3.00 and chances for a draw are at 3.65 in the 1X2 market.

Goals are expected to come in abundance for this one, so you may also fancy going for Over 2.50 @ 1.78 or Total Goals 2-3 @ 2.27 as alternative bets.

It doesn’t get any better than this to kick off the new year as two rivals go head-to-head once more.

But while this game is expected to be a highly-contested affair, I see the visitors winning this one possibly via a late goal.

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Bundesliga: Leipzig Face Tricky Start to 2021 at Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig are still right in the thick of the Bundesliga title race. The Red Bulls are in third place after ending 2020 unbeaten in their last seven league matches, although they did drop two big points in a goalless draw to relegation strugglers Koln just before the winter break.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side must be careful not to slip up again as they have a tricky match to start the New Year away to newly promoted Stuttgart.

Die Schwaben have been one of the big surprises through the first half of the season, and despite the Bundesliga 2020 betting odds, they will be quite a dangerous foe for Leipzig.

Talking Points

Stuttgart’s surprising first half

Stuttgart have been one of the big surprises of the Bundesliga season thus far. The newly promoted side is up in 7th place and has scored 26 goals, tied for the fourth-most in the league.

They had scored in all 12 of their league matches until they lost 1-0 away to Wolfsburg in their last game before the break.

VfB Stuttgart are winless at home in the Bundesliga this season

Silas Wamangituka in action during their match against Union Berlin

Silas Wamangituka has been the standout player for Stuttgart this season. The 21-year-old is the team’s leading scorer with 7 goals, two of which came in their remarkable 5-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, a result that led to Dortmund firing coach Lucien Favre.

Striker Sasa Kalajdzic also came on strong just before the break. He scored a late brace to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw against high-flying Union Berlin and scored their only goal in a 1-0 win over Freiburg in the DFB Pokal.

Argentine Nicolas Gonzalez is also back and producing Bundesliga 2020 highlights after an early-season injury, which gives coach Pellegrino Matarazzo a wealth of attacking weapons.

However, Stuttgart have struggled defensively this season, and that weakness has been especially pronounced at home. They have conceded 12 goals in six games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where they have yet to win a single game this season (4 draws, 2 losses).

Leipzig defence making up for attacking dip

Julian Nagelsmann must be pleased at how Leipzig have performed in the first half of the season. The Red Bulls are up in third place, just two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Leipzig have certainly missed the goals of star striker Timo Werner, but they have managed to get by. They have scored 24 goals thus far, with wing-back Angelino the team’s co-leading scorer with four goals along with Yussuf Poulsen.

Alexander Sorloth, who was signed to help replace Werner, has yet to score a single goal in the league through 12 matches. Reinforcements are on the way after they signed Red Bull Salzburg’s promising young playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai, but the Hungarian teen is unlikely to be ready to make his debut against Stuttgart.

Despite the dip in Leipzig’s attack, they have remained one of the best teams in the Bundesliga thanks to their defence. They have conceded just 9 goals through 13 matches, easily the best defensive record in the league. They’ve also kept three sheets in a row since conceding three goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich.

Leipzig had several injury concerns heading into the break. Christopher Nkunku, Ibrahima Konate, and Justin Kluivert were all out against Koln, while Sabitzer and Upamecano were also dealing with knocks. But the Red Bulls should return from the break much healthier, which should provide a massive boost.

History

There’s not much history to speak of between Stuttgart and Leipzig. The two sides have met just four times in the Bundesliga, with Leipzig winning three of those four encounters.

Leipzig did the double over Stuttgart in the 2018-19 season. Yussuf Poulsen bagged a double to lead Leipzig to a 3-1 win in their last visit to the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Betting Tip

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VfB Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig VfB Stuttgart Asian Handicap +0.50 @ 2.11
January 1, 03:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have Leipzig placed as 1.83 favourites despite being away from home, with Stuttgart priced at 4.00. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.65.

Stuttgart are pretty decent value on the Asian Handicap market, though. Even though they’ve struggled at home this season, they did pick up a draw against second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and also gave Bayern Munich some problems despite losing 3-1.

Their attack will give Leipzig’s league-leading defence a stern test, and I believe they are capable of coming away from this match with a positive result.

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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund Want to Make a Statement Versus VfL Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg

The Bundesliga has an exciting set of matches in store to kick off the 2021 calendar year.

Other than the matches between VfB Stuttgart-RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt-Bayer Leverkusen, this one perhaps is the most thrilling one yet.

On Sunday night, Borussia Dortmund will host VfL Wolfsburg over at the Signal Iduna Park, as both teams will jockey for position in the Bundesliga standings.

The hosts are hopeful that they can win this one since they have some catching up to do in order to get back into the ever-tightening championship race.

BVB are currently at fifth place with only 22 points, while Die Wolfe are one place above them with 24 points.

The SBOTOP betting odds point to an auspicious result for Borussia Dortmund given their history over VfL Wolfsburg.

But given how Oliver Glasner’s men are playing lately, it would be harder for the Yellow Wall to silence the howl of Die Wolfe this time around.

Before we get into the match proper, first, let’s discuss the important Bundesliga 2021 updates concerning these two clubs.

Talking Points

Erling Haaland is expected to return for Borussia Dortmund

The Norwegian striker is expected to make his return for the Yellow Wall, and that is good news if you’re team manager Edin Terzic.

BVB missed Erling Haaland dearly as he missed their last seven league games due to a torn hamstring. He was seen in Qatar undergoing rehab during the break and it has worked into perfection since he was seen back in training recently.

With him on board, Edin Terzic will have a bevy of options in their attacking front.

He can opt to plug in Erling Haaland right away as their main striker which might put Youssoufa Moukoko back on the bench.

However, the 16-year-old striker recently made history as the youngest Bundesliga scorer ever, and that performance should warrant at least a consideration to be in the starting XI once more.

Besides getting Haaland back at 100-per cent, Terzic is hopeful that his other teammates will get a clean bill of health.

Veteran centre-back Mats Hummels and winger Thorgan Hazard will be out due to their respective knocks, while Thomas Meunier, Emre Can, Axel Witsel, and skipper Marco Reus are all working their way back into full fitness.

Can VfL Wolfsburg break their drought against BVB?

VfL Wolfsburg have yet to win over Borussia Dortmund in quite a while, but their growing injury list makes it difficult for them to pull off such feat.

Maximillian Arnold, Maxence Lacroix, Kevin Mbabu, Jerome Rousillon are all question marks for Oliver Glasner, while Admir Mehmedi and Pavao Pervan are sidelined for this match.

VfL Wolfsburg will be looking to upset the Bundesliga odds as they face Borussia Dortmund

VfL Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst celebrates scoring their second goal against Eintracht Frankfurt

The returns of Maxi Philipp, Xavier Schlager, and John Brooks should help a bit. But the key man to look out for will be Wout Weghorst.

The Dutchman leads Die Wolfe with nine goals and one assist so far, and he has yet to score against Borussia Dortmund in his VfL Wolfsburg career.

If Weghorst can break his personal drought against BVB, that would give Die Wolfe a better chance of winning.

History

The Yellow Wall have been utterly dominant against VfL Wolfsburg and they are keen on maintaining the trend come Sunday.

BVB have been unbeaten in 10 straight matches against Die Wolfe, winning nine and drawing once.

But recent form favours Oliver Glasner’s men prior to this fixture as they have only lost once in their first 13 matches for the first time in club history.

Wout Weghorst has been the driving force for VfL Wolfsburg’s run. But so far, playing BVB has been his Kryptonite.

Another player that is hungry for goals will be Jadon Sancho as the winger has yet to score in the Bundesliga this term.

Betting Tip

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Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.99
January 3, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The updated Bundesliga 2021 odds have the home side winning via a considerable margin.

Borussia Dortmund are heavily favoured to win at 1.57, while VfL Wolfsburg are priced at 5.40 and a draw is at 4.10 in the 1X2 market.

Goals can come in plenty for this one given that both teams have some of the best attackers in the league, so you can go for Over 2.50 @ 2.13 or a safer alternative will be Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.93.

The Signal Iduna Park is the place to be for some topnotch football action this weekend. And coming off from their respective holiday breaks, BVB and Die Wolfe will give us quite a show.

With a healthier and stronger squad, I see Borussia Dortmund taking care of business at home. However, it will be hard-earned victory that will be settled in the late stages of the match.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Set to Hand Out a New Year Massacre!

Bayern Munich vs FSV Mainz 05

The German Bundesliga is back folks and the champions FC Bayern kick off the New Year with a home tie against strugglers FSV Mainz on Sunday.

Even on paper first against 17th looks a little like a foregone conclusion, but when the action is played out on grass I fear for the visitors.

Bayern haven’t been firing on all cylinders but still find themselves top of the league and the New Year invariably sees the Bavarian juggernaut gather frightening pace.

Meanwhile, Mainz’s season just seems to be going from bad to worse.

Talking Points

Bayern’s massive incentive to win

Die Bayern asserted their authority with a win over Bayer Leverkusen in their last outing but things remain very tight at the top of the Bundesliga table.

The Bavarian’s lead over both Leverkusen and Red Bull Leipzig is only two points, though fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund are eight points back and two behind high-flying Wolfsburg.

The very latest Bundesliga 2021 betting odds aren’t budging in their faith in Die Bayern, with odds of 1.10 on them retaining their title.

The two nearest rivals are at 13.00 and BVB are at 15.00 with Wolfsburg the only other team below 100.00 (at 91.00).

But head coach Hansi Flick knows that both Bayer and Red Bull will fight for every single point, and so his men will be ready to match them

Robert Lewandowski has 17 league goals already and Kingsley Coman has made seven assists so far. I expect both of them to increase their tally on Sunday.

Rudderless Mainz needs a miracle

FSV Mainz go into the toughest game of their season in more turmoil after ex-head coach Jan-Moritz Lichte was given Christmas off when he was sacked by the club on the 23rd December.

Mainz are in real trouble as they’re in 17th place in the league table and four points adrift of the playoff lifeline.

Here at SBOTOP, we’re offering 2.70 on them to finish in the bottom two, with Schalke 04 and new boys Arminia Bielefeld favourites to take the automatic drop.

But Die Nullfunfer have a nightmare run in January, facing ninth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, and then Dortmund, Wolfsburg, and Leipzig over the next three weeks.

They could easily find themselves cut adrift.

A recent defeat at home to Koln was a missed opportunity for Mainz and they haven’t scored a goal in the last four league games. They last hit the net in a 2-1 defeat to Bielefeld on 5th December.

FSV Mainz 05 aim to upset the Bundesliga odds as they face leaders Bayern Munich

Jan-Moritz Lichte was sacked after the club went out of the DFB Pokal Cup to second tier Bochum

They did score a couple in their last outing with a DFB Pokal Cup second round tie at home to Bundesliga 2 side Bochum 1848, but they even managed to lose that on penalties after 10-man Bochum had equalised in injury time, prompting the board to bullet their head coach.

Skipper Danny Latza was on target and the midfield general will need to lead from the front if his team is to get out of the current mess it finds itself in.

So who can help their skipper in a seemingly impossible task on Sunday?

Well French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta has seven goals, while Swedish striker Robin Quaison has previously been on the radar of Premier League club Burnley.

Following the Clarets’ takeover they might rekindle their interest, and no one outside Mainz would blame Quaison for jumping ship.

And defender Moussa Niakhate will have to sit this one out having picked up five yellow cards along with a red.

History

The champions have won 25 of the 33 meetings between these two teams this century, while the perennial underdogs have managed five victories and three draws.

Rather ominously, Bayern have hit Mainz for six in the last two meetings at the Allianz Arena, winning 6-1 last season and 6-0 in 2018/19.

Mainz faired a little better in 2017/18, losing 4-0, while they have lost all their home fixtures over the last three seasons too.

Recent form tells a similar story. Bayern have won three and drawn three of the last six and are unbeaten at home, while Mainz is without a victory in the last six games.

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Bayern Munich vs FSV Mainz 05 Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -2.50 @ 1.84
January 4, 01:00 (GMT+8)

At odds of 1.15, anything other than a Bayern victory would be a major shock.

You would be able to comb the Bundesliga 2021 results all the way to May without finding a bigger one.

But this is 11 versus 11, and with the draw at 7.28 or a Mainz win at 19.24, the brave could be rewarded handsomely.

But not me!

A correct scoreline of 3-0 at odds of 6.95 is very tempting, but the safe option is Bayern to win by three or more as they have made a habit of doing against these opponents.

It could get messy for Mainz.

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Bundesliga: Who Can Take The Title Away From Bayern?

After the short winter break we’re back in action and it’s been a great weekend of football in the Germany top flight.

With league champions and leaders FC Bayern at home to Mainz in the late Sunday game to come, the challengers had a chance to put down a marker. This week’s Bundesliga fixtures threw together the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th teams to fight it out.

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds have Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen all heavily odds on to make a Champions League place, but these three want something more, and while Red Bull Leipzig and BVB both won, Bayer Leverkusen missed their chance, going down to a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Winners

Red Bull Salzburg

With Leverkusen slipping up, Red Bull took advantage to leapfrog Bayern to the top of the table, but they had to work hard to see off a stubborn VFB Stuttgart before the first set of Bundesliga 2021 results were happily celebrated in Leipzig.

But it wasn’t easy. The hosts’ keeper Gregor Kobel made a brilliant save to deny Emil Forsberg from the penalty spot, but Die Roten Bullen finally broke the deadlock in the 67th minute when Dani Olmo met an Angelino cross to volley past Kobel and claim all three vital points.

Leipzig are now on 31 from 14 games and looking a serious threat.

David Abraham – Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht skipper David Abraham lead by example on Saturday as he marshalled his defence to keep a dangerous Bayer attack quiet.

The Argentine centre back plays with immense passion which sometimes gets him into trouble. Last season he received a seven week ban for barging SC Freiburg head coach Christian Streich and pushing him to the ground during Frankfurt’s 1-0 Bundesliga defeat. His actions sparked a mass brawl between the two teams and the league threw the book at Abraham.

But he was calmness personified as his team conceded 65 per cent possession to Leverkusen, but limited them to seven shots and just two on target. The victory lifted Eintracht to eighth place and two points behind the European places.

Manuel Akanji  – Borussia Dortmund

Manuel Akanji opens the scoring in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg

Manuel Akanji celebrates scoring against VfL Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg was the match of the weekend, 5th versus 4th, an underachieving team against a club punching above its weight, and it turned out to be a tense affair, the hosts winning it 2-0.

With a front line of Marco Reus, Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland you’d back yourselves to score against any team, and BVB did, but it was centre back Akanji who scored the crucial opener to win a hard fought game.

The 25 year old Swiss international is responsible for keeping goals out for his team but, midway through the second half he rose to meet a Jadon Sancho corner and plant it into the bottom corner.

Sancho settled any nerves with an injury time second on the break.

Losers

Bayer Leverkusen

When Nadiem Amiri gave Leverkusen an early lead against Eintracht Frankfurt, it all looked quite rosy for Die Werkself. But when Amin Younes equalised for Eintracht, the title chasers didn’t have a reply, and matters got worse when Edmond Tapsoba put through his own net early in the second half.

Head coach Peter Bosz threw on Argentine striker Lucas Alario, alongside offensive midfield duo Kerem Demirbay and Karim Bellarabi, but to no avail. And this defeat made it back to back losses for Die Werkself after they lost by the odd goal in three to Bayern just before the winter break.

VfL Wolfsburg

This was as bad a day for Wolfsburg as it was a good one for Dortmund. Having matched their hosts for over an hour, slack marking at a corner allowed Akanji to score and the visitors had no reply, despite winning the shot count by 21 to 14…frustrating.

Schalke 04

It was another bad weekend for bottom club Schalke, this time surrendering meekly in a 3-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin after Matteo Guendouzi had given the Berliners an early lead. The defeat leaves Schalke stranded on four points, and six away from the play-off place, but the club has moved to bolster its defence by bringing back fans favourite Sead Kolasinac on loan from Arsenal.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina full-back spent five years in the Schalke first team before signing for the Gunners in 2017.

Well folks, that’s it for now. It’s FC Bayern vs Mainz next; we took a long look at the game here at SBOTOP and can’t see anything other than a Bayern victory. But, for 24 hours at least, Red Bull Leipzig are at the top of the pile.

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Bundesliga: Gladbach and Bayern Open New Chapter to Their Historic Rivalry

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich

It was once called the original Der Klassiker by German football purists. But whether you agree or not, this Bundesliga rivalry never fails to disappoint.

In matchday 15 of the 2020/21 season, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich will lock horns once again over at the Borussia Park where, not only the bragging rights are at stake, but also the points needed in order to boost their respective campaigns.

As of the moment, Bayern Munich are still on top of the Bundesliga standings with 33 points while Borussia Monchengladbach are seventh with only 21 points.

The Bavarian giants only hold a two-point lead over the second-seeded RB Leipzig, who have been on a rampant run as of late, so a win on the road will be very much needed.

Meanwhile, the Foals are also aiming for a victory in order to be in Europa League contention once more.

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich have shared the wins and losses in their matchups for the past few years, but who will come out on top this time?

Read on below as SBOTOP examines both of these proud clubs ahead of this fixture.

Talking Points

Gladbach need all hands on deck

For the Foals to upset the defending champions, all of their available players would need to be at their sparkling form.

Valentino Lazaro, Ibrahima Traore, Rocco Reitz are all nursing injuries which hurts their depth to a degree, while star striker Marcus Thuram will continue to serve his five-match ban due to a spitting incident last month.

This means that manager Marco Rose will give Breel Embolo, Lars Stindl, Florian Neuhaus, and Matthias Ginter heavy minutes for this colossal encounter.

Breel Embolo was Gladbach’s hero in the last time out when they eked out a win over Arminia Bielefield.

The Swiss striker has notched three goals and one assist in the last five outings, and he is expected to be the main protagonist for the Foals’ attack.

Lars Stindl should also raise his game when he matches up with Thomas Muller in the midfield. The 32-year-old leads Gladbach in scoring with 10 goals along with three assists, so he is going to be a focal point as well.

Another x-factor for Gladbach will be their goalkeeper in Yann Sommer. The Swiss custodian has been quite a reliable presence for the Foals given that he has only missed one game since 2018.

While his goalkeeping numbers may be down so far this season, he still has enough quality to prevent the Bavarian giants from creating multiple Bundesliga 2021 highlights.

Bayern Munich can’t let their guard down

Hansi Flick knows very well about the consequences when his team becomes complacent even for a stretch, so we can expect a hungry Die Bayern for this weekend.

Against Mainz in the last time out, the Bavarian giants saw themselves in a 0-2 hole when Jonathan Burkardt and Alexander Hack scored quickfire goals in the first half.

Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga matches with 3 wins and 2 draws

Hansi Flick observing from the touchline during their match against Mainz

However, as the second half resumed, Bayern Munich looked like a much different team and they drew level in just 10 minutes.

Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane spearheaded the comeback, while Niklas Sule and Robert Lewandowski broke the game wide open with late goals.

That victory effectively put Die Bayern on top of the standings, leapfrogging RB Leipzig in the process.

Bayern Munich are in imperious form as they’ve now won three straight, which is in stark contrast to their lacklustre run last mid-December.

History

This specific rivalry dates back to 1965 where they got their first taste of Germany top-flight action.

Both of them have shared the limelight from 1969 to 1977, where the Foals have won five league titles while the Bavarian giants won four.

But since then, the two have gone separate ways in terms of their hierarchy in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich went on to become the dominant force that we’ve known today, having amassed 25 more titles, while Borussia Monchengladbach didn’t win one since.

The Foals and the Bavarian giants have alternated wins in their last seven encounters, with most of them going over two goals.

Betting Tip

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.97
January 9, 03:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds expect the defending champions to win on the road this Friday evening.

Bayern Munich are priced at 1.60 to win, while Borussia Monchengladbach are pegged behind at 4.40 and chances for a draw are at 4.60 in the 1X2 market.

You may also fancy placing your bets on either Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.89 or Over 2.50 @ 2.13 since both of these teams can pour in a healthy amount of goals in this upcoming match.

With a rivalry of this magnitude, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich are expected to bring their A-games for this weekend.

However, at the end of the day, the Bavarian giants should have no problem taking care of business since they are the deeper and better squad.

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Bundesliga: The Wolves Meet the Iron Men In Mid-Table Clash

Union Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg

The Alte Forsterei Stadium will serve as the venue for this upcoming clash when Union Berlin host VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday night.

Both of these middling Bundesliga clubs will continue their respective campaigns, and they are eager to come away with the three points since they are jockeying for important positions at the table.

Die Eisern and Die Wolfe are currently level with points at 24 apiece. But due to a superior goal difference, the hosts own the slight edge in the standings for fifth place while the visitors are right behind them at sixth.

While Union Berlin are flying high with their recent string of Bundesliga 2021 results, the same can’t be said for VfL Wolfsburg as they have been dogged with inconsistency.

The SBOTOP betting odds see this as a tight match considering Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg are evenly matched on paper. However, Die Wolfe have owned Die Eisern historically so the latter has a lot to catch up on.

Can Urs Fischer’s side break their hoodoo against the Wolves? Or will the visitors turn their form around with an away win?

Talking Points

Union Berlin gearing up for a tough schedule

As Union Berlin continue to hunt for more points, getting three here against Die Wolfe should be prioritised since it will be much harder to do so in the next couple of weeks.

After this game on Saturday, the Iron Men will have Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig on the menu in the next 12 days.

Prior to this contest, Union Berlin have continued to impress in their second season back in top-flight.

Since their loss against Hertha BSC in the Berlin Derby, they fought valiantly against Bayern Munich and held them to a 1-1 draw.

After that, they gathered two more victories against Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen, while they drew level versus VfB Stuttgart.

Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi has been the catalyst for Die Eisern in that stretch after a rough start this term. The 23-year-old now has five goals and one assist.

Meanwhile, Max Kruse and Marvin Friedrich continue to steady the ship with 10 goals and five assists combined.

Both have been instrumental to Union Berlin’s success, so the Wolfsburg defence should keep an eye on them.

VfL Wolfsburg looking to bounce back

Die Wolfe will aim to reclaim their footing as they go on the road this weekend.

VfL Wolfsburg are fresh from a defeat against Borussia Dortmund as Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji found the back of the net.

Oliver Glasner continues to have his work cut out for him as their overall form has been shaky since December 2020.

Their attacking form has been an Achilles heel ever since. As shown in their losses against top-tier teams, a strong defence alone won’t cut it so the Wolves need to improve on that in the coming weeks.

The only consistent attacking threat that they have is Wout Weghorst, who leads them with nine goals and one assist.

History

Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg have only faced each other a few times here in the Bundesliga.

Die Wolfe hold the edge especially in recent occasions since they have won three of their last four over Die Eisern (W3, D1).

1. FC Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer is interviewed before the game vs VfB Stuttgart

1. FC Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer is interviewed before the match

Union Berlin’s only win in this matchup dates back to 2016 in a 3-1 friendly.

Other than the two meetings from the last Bundesliga campaign, VfL Wolfsburg defeated Union Berlin twice in the 1992 Bundesliga 2 promotion playoffs.

Urs Fischer’s men are currently on a six-game winning streak at home (W3, D3), which is something they have never achieved in German top-flight.

Oliver Glasner’s side, on the other hand, have yet to win against a team placed above them in the Bundesliga table so far (D3, L1).

Betting Tip

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Union Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg Under 2.50 @ 1.95
January 09, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds point to a tight contest this Saturday evening.

VfL Wolfsburg are priced at 2.66, whereas Union Berlin are pegged at 2.76 and a draw is at 3.00 in the 1X2 market.

Meanwhile, in the Asian handicap readings, Die Wolfe are given the advantage as they are placed at -0.25 @ 2.29.

But the real value for your bet comes from how many goals can they score in this match. And in this case, I am anticipating this one to go Under 2.50 @ 1.95 since both teams play a gritty style of football.

This match can easily go either way. But one thing’s for sure is that we can sit back, relax, and enjoy this fun matchup.

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Bundesliga: Dortmund Look to End Leipzig’s Home Dominance

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

RB Leipzig are looking like legitimate Bundesliga title contenders once again this season. The Red Bulls are on a run of eight matches without defeat and sit just two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

However, Leipzig are set to have a tough stretch of games, which begins with a massive matchup against Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund have star striker Erling Haaland back in the fold after his recent injury absence. And they will now look to put a significant dent in Leipzig’s Bundesliga 2021 odds of winning the title by becoming the first team this season to leave the Red Bull Arena with all three points.

Talking Points

Leipzig defence, home form remain formidable

RB Leipzig put together one of their most impressive performances in their first game back from the break as they beat a dangerous Stuttgart side 1-0 away from home.

Leipzig completely bossed the match, outshooting the home side 22-10, including 8-1 in terms of shots on target. Emil Forsberg missed a first-half penalty, but Dani Olmo scored in the second half to seal all three points.

Meanwhile, the Leipzig defence – led by Dayot Upamecano – once again showed why it is by far the best in the Bundesliga as they kept Stuttgart’s prolific attack quiet.

Leipzig have now kept four consecutive clean sheets since their 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich and have conceded just 9 goals in the league overall.

RB Leipzig are expecting Dayot Upamecano to create Bundesliga 2021 highlights as they face Borussia Dortmund

Dayot Upamecano in action during RB Leipzig’s clash against Bayer Leverkusen

Leipzig were still a bit short-handed against Stuttgart, particularly in attack, with the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Justin Kluivert still dealing with ankle injuries.

But Julian Nagelsmann will get a significant boost now that new signing Dominik Szoboszlai now eligible to play. The young Hungarian is unlikely to start, but his versatility could be a useful weapon off the Leipzig bench against Dortmund.

Leipzig did not look particularly sharp in their last home game as they were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by relegation strugglers Koln. But after coming off their break, the Red Bulls should be much more energised to face Dortmund.

That draw against Koln snapped Leipzig’s 100 per cent record at home this season. They had won all six of their league games at the Red Bull Arena, scoring 16 goals while conceding just 3.

Dortmund need young stars back in form

After ending 2020 with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin, Borussia Dortmund started 2021 with a fine 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg.

Erling Haaland got the start as he returned from a month-long spell on the sideline due to injury. The Norwegian failed to score in his 81 minutes of play, but Jadon Sancho finally did. The English winger put the finishing touches on the win as he went on a lightning-quick counterattack to score in the 90th minute.

It was the first league goal of the season for Sancho, who, according to Dortmund CEO Michael Zorc, has suffered a dip in form due to the constant speculation linking him to a move to Manchester United in the summer.

Haaland’s return, coupled with Sancho’s confidence-boosting goal, comes at just the right time as Dortmund take on the most formidable defence in the entire league.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s own defence still looks a bit vulnerable; while they kept a clean sheet – their first in eight games – they still conceded a whopping 21 shots to Wolfsburg at home.

This will also be caretaker manager Edin Terzic’s first big test as he takes on one of the best young coaches in Europe in Nagelsmann. It remains to be seen whether Terzic can outsmart his counterpart in terms of the tactical battle.

History

Borussia Dortmund have the slight 4-2 edge in wins over RB Leipzig in their 10 total Bundesliga meetings. Although, it should be noted that BVB are unbeaten in their last five against the Red Bulls, with three wins.

Two of those wins have come at the Red Bull Arena, including last year’s 2-0 victory in the penultimate match of the season. Haaland scored both goals in that Dortmund victory.

Betting Tip

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RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund 1X2 RB Leipzig @ 2.47
January 10, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds for this match are understandably close. Leipzig are narrow favourites at 2.47 and Dortmund are priced at 2.74 to pick up the away victory. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.35.

While these two teams are quite evenly matched, I believe the Red Bulls still have the slight edge. They are at home, where they have been excellent this season. They also have a superior manager in Julian Nagelsmann, who should have his side set up to exploit Dortmund’s weaknesses in defence better than Dortmund caretaker Terzic.

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Bundesliga: Revier Rivals Dortmund, Schalke Big Winners

The Ruhr region of Germany is rejoicing as its two biggest clubs — Borussia Dortmund and Schalke — were the big winners of Matchday 15.

Dortmund got back into the Bundesliga title race as they went to Leipzig and took down the high-flying Red Bulls. Meanwhile, Schalke snapped their almost year-long winless stretch as they thumped Hoffenheim.

Elsewhere, leaders Bayern Munich suffered a shocking defeat as they went from two goals up to lose 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach.

These are just a few of the notable winners and losers of the latest round of Bundesliga matches that SBOTOP has chosen to highlight this week.

Winner: Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are right back in the title race as they thumped RB Leipzig, 3-1, in their marquee matchup at the Red Bull Arena. Led by Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, the BVB ripped through Leipzig’s league-leading defence.

Thanks to their win, coupled with several of the other top teams in the league dropping points, Dortmund are now back in fourth place in the standings, just five points back of champions Bayern.

After a slow start to the season, Sancho is now back in form with two goals in his last two games. Meanwhile, the return of Haaland after his month-long absence has made a huge impact on their attack.

With Sancho, Haaland, and Marco Reus — who assisted two of their goals against Leipzig — Dortmund can be a dangerous force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season.

Health and consistency will be the BVB’s main issue moving forward, but with Bayern not looking like they will run away from the rest of the pack this year, Dortmund’s Bundesliga 2021 odds of winning the title are still looking quite decent.

Winner: Matthew Hoppe, Schalke

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s Revier rivals Schalke smashed Hoffenheim 4-0 at home, which was a historic win for a few reasons.

First, it ended Schalke’s remarkable 30-match winless run in the Bundesliga as they fell just short of tying Tasmania Berlin’s all-time mark of 31 matches without a win.

And second, US teen Matthew Hoppe scored a hat-trick, becoming the first American ever to achieve the feat in the Bundesliga.

While Schalke did well to avoid that ignominious winless mark, they still have a long way to go. Despite their win they are still in the relegation zone, three points away from Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation play-off spot.

Nevertheless, this result against Hoffenheim should be quite a good confidence-booster for a club that is in serious need of a major revival.

Loser: Bayern Munich

If it weren’t for the Ruhr clubs, by far the biggest of all Bundesliga 2021 results would’ve been Bayern Munich’s incredible 3-2 defeat at Borussia-Park against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern had gone 2-0 up through goals from Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka and looked all set for another win, but Gladbach roared back to win it, 3-2.

Robert Lewandowski is disappointed with Bayern Munich's defeat against Gladbach in Bundesliga Matchday 15

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski looks dejected after losing 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach in a recent match

This result is yet more proof that Bayern are playing far from their best this season. Their defence, in particular, has looked very shaky and unconvincing far too many times, which is why this year’s title race is much closer.

Bayern should still be considered significant favourites moving forward, but they must be careful not to have more results like the Gladbach match or they risk losing their control of the league.

Loser: Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig both losing should have been the perfect opportunity for Bayer Leverkusen to gain ground on the top two. But they completely squandered that chance as they could only draw at home to struggling Werder Bremen.

After a hot start, Leverkusen are quickly losing steam. They have failed to win any of their last three games. But despite those poor results, they are only four points behind the leaders, so there’s still time for them to turn things around.

Winner: Freiburg

With Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig losing, Freiburg are now the hottest team in the Bundesliga. They have now won five games in a row after thrashing Koln 5-0 at home, and their undefeated run is now up to seven straight games. They have scored an impressive 14 games during their five-game win streak.

Freiburg’s winning run will be put to the ultimate test as they face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next week. But with Bayern in inconsistent form of late, Freiburg could yet spring a surprise and cause the champions to drop even more points.

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Bundesliga: Union Berlin Won’t Give Bayer Leverkusen a Free Pass

Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen

Two of the rising teams here in the Bundesliga will meet anew as Union Berlin host Bayer Leverkusen this Friday night.

The hosts are running in good form lately since they have yet to be defeated in their last five league games and they will aim to extend such run to add more points to their campaign.

Meanwhile, it was a miserable time for Bayer Leverkusen in the last time out as they squandered a golden opportunity to go up in the standings.

Now they are winless in their last three and they are sitting at third with 29 points. Not far behind them are Union Berlin who are placed fifth with 25 markers.

But if there’s anything that Die Werkself can find solace in this upcoming game, it is the fact that Die Eisern have yet to win against them in such a long time.

Moreover, the SBOTOP betting odds back for Peter Bosz’s side to bounce back with a victory here. However, Urs Fischer’s men will look to prove the numbers and their critics wrong.

Talking Points

Union Berlin keep on pushing

Urs Fischer’s side continue to punch above their weight this season, but their work will be cut out for them as they are entering the tougher part of their schedule.

They will first clash with Bayer Leverkusen and then they’ll go head-to-head with RB Leipzig in the next few days. So this should serve as their gauge on how far they’ve come in their second straight season in German top-flight.

In the last time out, Die Eisern were held to a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg.

Union Berlin quickly took the lead with strikes from Sheraldo Becker and Robert Andrich, but their lead evaporated as the Wolves fought back despite being reduced to 10 men.

Wout Weghorst delivered the final blow with a penalty in the 65th minute and the points were shared.

Taiwo Awoniyi has scored 5 goals in 13 Bundesliga matches this season

Union Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi fights for the ball against VfL Wolfsburg’s Marin Pongracic

Taiwo Awoniyi will be eager to regain his shooting touch and create more Bundesliga 2021 highlights. He is their second-leading scorer with five goals and one assist.

The Liverpool loanee would need to do the heavy lifting especially since their leading scorer in Max Kruse is out for weeks due to a knee injury.

Bayer Leverkusen need to get back on their feet quickly

Die Werkself would need to regain their form quickly if they want to keep their Bundesliga title hopes alive.

Bayer Leverkusen are winless in their last three games – with tough losses against Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt, along with a draw against Werder Bremen.

Peter Bosz’s men delivered a strong statement when they crushed Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday, 4-1, to advance in the third round of the DFB Pokal.

Lucas Alario finally broke his one-month scoring drought while Moussa Diaby had a brace and Edmond Tapsoba added one for good measure.

After being rested in their last game, Florian Wirtz should be in line to play heavy minutes to add more firepower in the middle.

The 17-year-old midfielder is a developing project for Peter Bosz, and he will be the x-factor in this contest.

History

Since Union Berlin are still catching up in terms of tenure in the Bundesliga, league games between them and Bayer Leverkusen have come few and far between.

In their last five games together, Bayer Leverkusen have won in all of them – with four of them coming in high-scoring fashion.

These two sides last met in March during the DFB Pokal quarterfinals where Die Werkself came away with a comprehensive 3-1 victory.

Karim Bellarabi, Charles, Aranguiz, and Moussa Diaby all scored one goal each within the final 20 minutes as they took advantage of a Union Berlin squad that was reduced to 10 men.

Betting Tip

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Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.88
January 16, 03:30 (GMT+8)

As mentioned, the Bundesliga 2021 odds are favouring the road team to win in this contest. However, the margin of the disparity is smaller than most would expect.

Bayer Leverkusen are priced at 2.19, while Union Berlin are placed at 3.40 and a draw is at 3.15 in the 1X2 market.

Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen have both scored a healthy amount of goals in their last few matches, and I am expecting this to be the trend come Friday as well.

So you may fancy placing your bets on Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.96 or even Over 2.50 @ 2.23 as alternatives.

With Bayer Leverkusen have struggled in form lately, this should be the perfect time for them to bounce back.

Union Berlin can make their visitors uncomfortable with their gritty play, but their lack of firepower compared to Bayer Leverkusen may prove to be the difference in this encounter.

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Bundesliga: BVB Seek Big Win Over Basement-Dwelling Mainz

Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz

Borussia Dortmund have begun 2021 in impressive fashion. Back-to-back wins over top-six foes have launched them back into the Bundesliga title race.

Edin Terzic’s side will now aim to complete a hat-trick of wins to start the new year as they host bottom-club Mainz.

Mainz have lost five of their last six and are in danger of going down. However, they have picked up a couple of victories in recent visits to Signal Iduna Park, and they will look to upset the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds once again.

Talking Points

Dortmund make a bright start to 2021

Borussia Dortmund did not have a great end to 2020. They won just one of their last five matches last year, including a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Stuttgart, which led to Lucien Favre’s firing.

Edin Terzic has taken over on an interim basis, and BVB have won three of their first four matches under their caretaker manager.

After beating Wolfsburg 2-0 at home to start 2021, they came away with an impressive 3-1 victory at RB Leipzig last week.

Bundesliga: Erling Haaland is considered one of Borussia Dortmund's key players this season

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring against RB Leipzig

Erling Haaland was brilliant as he scored a brace in his second game back from injury. Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho scored for the second straight game after failing to get a single goal in the first 13 games of the season.

The fact that Haaland is back healthy and Sancho is back to creating Bundesliga 2021 highlights are huge for Dortmund, who rely heavily on those two young superstars to lead their attack. The likes of Marco Reus and Gio Reyna are good players, but Haaland and Sancho take Dortmund to another level.

It should be noted that there’s a decent chance Terzic decides to make a few changes to his side, especially with another big match against third-placed Bayer Leverkusen coming up in midweek.

Still, Dortmund have some strong attacking options in reserve, and they figure to get ample chances against a Mainz defence which has already conceded 33 goals, the second-most in the league.

Mainz in danger of the drop

Mainz are in major trouble. After Schalke’s shock 4-0 over Hoffenheim, Mainz are now rock-bottom in the Bundesliga with just 6 points through 15 games. They have now lost five of their last six league games after losing 2-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Prior to that match, Mainz faced Bayern Munich and gave the champions a scare by going up 2-0 in the first half. But Bayern stormed back in the second half to win 5-2.

Those are the only goals Mainz have scored in their last five games. They have scored just 14 goals in 15 games, half of which have come from Jean-Philippe Mateta.

However, the French forward has cooled off significantly after a hot start to the season; he hasn’t scored since his hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Freiburg on November 22nd.

Meanwhile, Swedish striker Robin Quaison — the club’s leading scorer last season with 13 goals — has just 2 thus far.

Mainz don’t have much going for them, but it should be noted that they have been slightly better away from home this season. Aside from taking a surprise lead at Bayern, their lone win of the season also came away to Freiburg. They’ve also scored more goals away than at home (8-6) while playing one game fewer.

History

Dortmund hold a significant 15-5 edge in wins against Mainz over their last 23 meetings. However, two of Mainz’s five victories came at Signal Iduna Park — and they both came relatively recently.

The first came in 2018 as early goals from Ridle Baku and Yoshinori Muto gave them a 2-1 win. And last season, Jonathan Burkhardt and Mateta scored in a shock 2-0 victory.

That was after Dortmund won the first meeting at Mainz 4-0, with Reus, Sancho, and Thorgan Hazard all finding the net.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -1.75 @ 1.72
January 16, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Unsurprisingly, SBOTOP odds have Dortmund heavily favoured at 1.20 at home, with Mainz massive 10.50 underdogs. A draw also has high odds of 7.20.
While Mainz have sprung upsets in recent visits to Dortmund, that appears unlikely this time around. BVB are in a bit of a roll under Terzic, who will be keen to keep the positive momentum going.

And with both Haaland and Sancho in fine form, Dortmund should have too much for the bottom club in the league.

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Bundesliga: Sluggish Bayern Munich Face In-Form SC Freiburg

Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg

Bayern Munich is having a bad start to kick off 2021, and now they’ll face another challenge when they host in-form SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena this Sunday.

After winning three straight league matches, the defending Bundesliga champions have lost two straight. They have already lost more matches in 2021 than they did in 2020 and the new year is just getting started.

But despite this, Hansi Flick’s side remain on top of the German top-flight standings with 33 points as second-seeded RB Leipzig missed their chance to overtake with a defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

Nonetheless, the Bavarian giants’ margin for error is getting smaller as the other contenders are slowly catching up.

On the other hand, SC Freiburg are the hottest team in the Bundesliga right now. They have already won five straight league games and have climbed to the eighth spot with 23 points.

Can SC Freiburg maintain their undefeated streak with another win? Or will the defending champions stop them on their tracks? 

Talking Points

Bayern Munich are on a mini-slump

It has been a testy week for the defending Bundesliga champions as they are on a two-match skid.

They were defeated during their game against Borussia Monchengladbach as the latter got the best of them in the second half.

In the preview of the said match, I’ve already pointed out the possible consequences of them being complacent. But even if they kept that in mind, they still came up short.

After back-to-back goals in the 20th and 26th minute, it looked like the game was already in the bag for Hansi Flick and co.

However, the Foals mounted a rally that saw them score the equaliser in the 45th minute. And Florian Neuhaus delivered the knockout blow with the game-winning goal early in the second half.

Few days later, Bayern Munich suffered another big setback.

They bowed out of the DFB Pokal second round when they were dealt with a shocking upset against Bundesliga 2 promotion chasers Holstein Kiel in a match that was decided via a penalty shootout.

Given their poor form in their past few games, Hansi Flick is expected to bring out all his guns for this game.

Leon Goretzka, who didn’t play against Kiel due to a knock, is expected to return in the starting lineup alongside Joshua Kimmich in the middle.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski should be cleared to start as well after coming off the bench against Kiel. The Polish striker has 23 goals and five assists so far. 

Bundesliga: Hansi Flick is expected to bring all his guns out when Bayern Munich welcome SC Freiburg

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick looks over the pitch doing match against RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena

SC Freiburg have created a winning formula

The Black Forest will face their biggest test yet as they try to add on to their positive Bundesliga 2021 results.

Since losing to Mainz in late November, SC Freiburg have registered two draws and five straight wins. And now they will look to make it six victories in a row.

What’s clicking for Christian Streich’s side lately is their fast-paced attack. Freiburg have scored at least two goals during the said stretch – including a 5-0 beating against Koln in the last time out.

Vincenzo Grifo and Ermedin Demirovic have stepped up big for SC Freiburg and they will be tasked to carry the load once more this weekend. They have accounted for nine goals and eight assists so far.

Nils Petersen is another x-factor for the Black Forest since he’s put in five goals under his belt already. 

History

It’s no secret that Bayern Munich are the heavy favourites in this contest since they have been historically dominant over SC Freiburg.

The Bavarian giants are undefeated against Freiburg when they’re at home in particular, winning 17 and drawing three times.

Vincenzo Grifo, who has been one of Freiburg’s main protagonists at the attack, has been lethal during their winning streak. However, he has only scored once against Die Bayern in six meetings.

After a defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach in the 14th matchday last term, Bayern Munich went on to go undefeated en route to their ninth straight championship. Can they repeat such trend this season?

Betting Tip

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Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.75 @ 1.77
January 17, 10:30(GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds here at SBOTOP see the Bavarian giants coming away with a much-needed victory.

Bayern Munich are the odds-on favourites at 1.23, while SC Freiburg are priced below at 9.25 and chances for a draw are at 6.60 in the 1X2 market.

Bayern Munich would need to fix their act quickly if they want to successfully defend their title, so they can’t afford another letdown.

But while SC Freiburg have the tools to give the Bavarian giants a scare, the hosts should eventually come away with a much-needed win possibly via a late goal. 

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Bundesliga Wannabees Vie for Greater Glory

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund

The Bundesliga wannabees – but are either side really ready to take the German crown from perennial champions Bayern Munich?

The table suggests not and, certainly, if either team was to lose this fixture, would risk falling too far back to mount a title challenge in the second half of the campaign.

Yet where there is hope, there is a chance and with Bayern being far from as ruthless as last term (although still mightily impressive), there is a glimmer for both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

Talking Points

Leverkusen last week signed a player this SBOTOP writer believes could be destined for the very top and it will be interesting whether young Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, signed from Manchester United, is handed his debut by coach Peter Bosz.

The third-place hosts really do need all three points after losing ground on leaders Bayern and RB Leipzig with a 1-0 reverse at high-flying Union Berlin last week – not that they were ever going to get a free pass.

They are also without success in their last four league encounters – with tough losses against Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt, alongside a draw with Werder Bremen.

That they are still in third place is because, the following day, Dortmund were held at home by lowly Mainz.

Marco Reus missed a second-half penalty in a 1-1 draw in which they fell behind to a Leven Öztunali strike before a first Dortmund goal for Thomas Meunier earned a point.

There’s no doubt that result was a setback for Dortmund, who recently appointed Edin Terzic as manager until the end of the season following the departure of Lucien Favre just before Christmas.

The draw also came hot on the heels of a 3-1 win at second-placed RB Leipzig when Erling Braut Haaland netted twice and showed why he could be the key man if Dortmund are to mount a charge.

So, level on points and with plenty on the line, I think we can expect Bundesliga highlights at the BayArena on Tuesday night.

Bundesliga: Can Erling Haaland help Borussia Dortmund to win against bayer Leverkusen away from home?

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring Borussia Dortmund’s second goal against RB Leipzig

While Leverkusen are realistically not expected to challenge for the Bundesliga crown, they have certainly caught the eye under Bosz who has also guided his side through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, topping their group with five wins and one defeat, despite being without South American quartet Charles Aranguiz, Santiago Arias, Exequiel Palacios and Paulinho.

If he maintains this progress, it makes you wonder if the club, in a few years’ time, may face a battle to hold onto his services in the dugout.

Certainly, a win against Dortmund would further cement his growing reputation.

History

It was in October 1951 in the former Oberliga West when these sides first met. On that occasion, Dortmund led 2-0 before Leverkusen fought back to earn a draw.

Since 1979, all their meetings have come in the top flight and Dortmund have had the edge, both in those games and overall with 42 victories compared to Leverkusen’s 31. A further 25 matches have ended level.

Last season this fixture was a goal-fest as Leverkusen won a seven-goal thriller.

Despite twice trailing, they came back to record a 4-3 success with two goals in two minutes from Leon Bailey and Lars Bender sealing victory after a Kevin Volland double had kept them in the hunt.

Mats Hummels, Emre Can and Raphael Guerreiro were on target for Dortmund.

It was revenge for the hosts who had been thumped 4-0 in the earlier fixture in Dortmund when Paco Alcacer, Marco Reus (two) and Guerreiro was the marksmen.

Leverkusen have only won one of their last seven clashes.

Betting Tip

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Total Goals 4-6 @ 2.62
January 20, 03:30 (GMT+8)

As you would probably expect, Dortmund have the edge with the Bundesliga betting odds, but there’s not much in it.

You can back them to bounce back from their draw with Mainz either 1X2 @ 2.19 or Asian Handicap – 0.25 @ 1.93.

If you fancy Leverkusen to edge this one, then look no further than 1X2 @ 2.92 or Asian Handicap +0.25 @ 2.00.

The draw – which may be considered a likely result given the fact they are only separated by goal difference in the table – is on offer 1X2 @ 3.70.

If there is to be a repeat of last season’s thriller – correct score 4-3 – you are set for a whopping payout of @ 125.00.

Perhaps, more realistically, you can get odds of total goal 2-3 @ 2.09. total goal 4-6 @ 2.62 and over 3.00 @ 1.91.

I’m going to go for plenty of goals again here. It’s probably me being a little gung-ho but I will opt for total goals 4-6 @ 2.62 as my ** prediction.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Big Winners as Title Rivals Stumble

Bayern Munich have not looked all that dominant this season, but despite their struggles, the reigning Bundesliga champions still find themselves four points clear at the top after a 2-1 win over a red-hot Freiburg side.

Bayern were further boosted by the fact that their top three championship rivals — RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Dortmund — all dropped points over the weekend and are increasingly looking incapable of mounting a serious title challenge.

Meanwhile, Union Berlin continued their impressive sophomore Bundesliga campaign, while Luka Jovic made a spectacular return from Spain.

Read on below as SBOTOP turns the spotlight on the big winners and losers from Matchday 16 of the Bundesliga season.

Winner: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich extended their lead atop the Bundesliga after a big 2-1 win over Freiburg, who came into the match in sizzling form following five consecutive wins.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead, and Thomas Muller scored the winner 16 minutes from time after Freiburg equalised just after the hour mark.

Despite all of Bayern’s shortcomings this season — particularly in defence — they just keep picking up positive Bundesliga 2021 results, in large part thanks to Lewandowski’s goals.

That’s now 21 league goals on the season for the prolific Pole, nine ahead of Erling Haaland and Andre Silva.

As long as ‘Lewan-goal-ski’ remains healthy, Bayern should be in good shape to win a ninth-straight title.

Losers: Bayern’s top title challengers

With Bayern looking so wobbly, this season should have been the perfect time for the likes of RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Dortmund to challenge for the championship.

But just a few games into 2021, and it’s increasingly looking like none of the three are equipped to do so. All three again dropped points this weekend, which allowed Bayern to pad their lead to four points.

Leipzig failed to win for the third time in four matches as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Wolfsburg, which is admittedly a tough assignment.

Similarly, Leverkusen lost away to high-flying Union Berlin. But that’s now three losses in their last four, and all the positive momentum they had to start the season is slowly fading away.

Meanwhile, Dortmund – who picked up a huge 3-1 win over Leipzig last week — did what they always seem to do, which is to inexplicably drop points against inferior opposition, this time at home against bottom-side Mainz.

While it would be great to have a competitive title race in Germany for once, it’s becoming clear that none of these three teams seems to have the consistency needed to push even a less-than-stellar Bayern side hard for the title this season.

Winner: Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic nets a brace as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Schalke in Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic scores their third goal in the Bundesliga match against Schalke

With Freiburg losing to Bayern, Eintracht Frankfurt are now the hottest team in the Bundesliga. The high-flying Eagles beat Schalke 3-1 to win their fourth game in a row, and they had Luka Jovic to thank.

The 23-year-old striker is back with his former club on loan from Real Madrid, and he made quite a return as he scored a brace after coming on as a substitute. He had scored just two goals in 32 matches with Madrid.

After a disastrous spell in Spain, Jovic is eager to get his career back on track at Frankfurt. And with him and Andre Silva (12 goals this season) leading the attack, the Eagles suddenly have a chance to soar to great heights in the second half of the season.

Loser: Borussia Monchengladbach

Gladbach were mere minutes from being just a point behind Union Berlin as they led Stuttgart 2-1 in stoppage time. But the Foals conceded a late penalty, which allowed Stuttgart to salvage a draw.

It’s been that sort of season for Gladbach, who have been quite unpredictable from week to week. They’re capable of coming back from two goals down to beat Bayern 3-2 in one game but then fail to hold onto a lead themselves the next.

With all the attacking quality on their side, Gladbach should still finish comfortably in the top half. But they will need to produce more consistent performances in the second half of the season to compete for the European places.

Winner: Union Berlin

Union Berlin’s unbelievable run continues. They are up to fifth in the table after beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0, which extended their current unbeaten run to six games (3 wins, 3 draws). That impressive stretch also includes draws against Bayern and Wolfsburg and a win over Dortmund.

And Union have done all of this despite the absence of leading scorer Max Kruse, who has been out since the start of December due to a muscle injury.

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds will be against Union as they take on RB Leipzig next week. But based on their fine performances this season, it would be foolish to bet against them against Leipzig.

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Bundesliga: New Upstarts, Berlin Head to Leipzig

RB Leipzig vs Union Berlin

RB Leipzig have been shaking up the Bundesliga for the last five seasons but they’re about to meet a new agitator when Union Berlin visit on Wednesday.

It’s a big game for both sides as they battle for places, RB Leipzig are in the second position while their visitors are in fifth. In only their second season in the top flight Union Berlin are up among the Bundesliga elite and they look like they belong, so the Red Bulls will be keen to take them down a peg or two.

There’s plenty for SBOTOP football fans to get their teeth into this week, with top league matches in England, Spain and Germany, and this one between RB Leipzig and Union Berlin could be a cracker.

Talking Points

Red Bulls’ solid foundations

Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig took the league by storm last season with a swashbuckling side and prolific goal scorer in Timo Werner, but they fell just short. This term, while the goals have continued to come, RB Leipzig are tougher to break down and have conceded the fewest, 14, in the league.

The news that centre back Dayot Upamecano might be available at the right price has alerted a host of top European clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool, but I suspect Nagelsmann would rather keep hold of his defensive rock for his team to sustain a challenge for the title.

Following the departure of Werner last summer, the goals have been shared around this term, Yussuf Poulsen has four, as does defender Angelino, while Emil Forsberg has weighed in with three goals.

With a four-point lead, the Bundesliga 2021 betting tips will continue to back FC Bayern for a record ninth consecutive title, but second-placed Leipzig aren’t about to give up the chase just yet.

Can RB Leipzig win the Bundesliga title this season?

RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen dribbling past Borussia Dortmund defenders

Union Berlin continue to amaze

Head coach Urs Fischer was in charge for the 2018/19 season which culminated in Union Berlin being the first club from the former East Berlin, and the fifth from East Germany, to make the Bundesliga top flight.

An 11th place finish last season was a very decent outcome and in this campaign, Fischer has guided his team up to fifth place with seven wins, seven draws and just two defeats from 16 games. In only its second season in the top flight, this is an exceptional set of Bundesliga 2021 results.

Union Berlin’s incredible run has continued with a 1-0 win over title hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen, and those three points lifted Fischer’s side up to fifth place and just a single point behind Bayer in third.

Union Berlin compares favourably with Leipzig in recent meetings with two top sides. Both drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg, but while Nagelsmann’s side lost to Borussia Dortmund last time out at the Red Bull Arena, Fischer recently guided his team to a 3-1 victory over BVB.

But Berlin are still without their talisman, Max Kruse, who scored six goals and made four assists in the first ten games before sustaining a muscle injury in December.

History

RB Leipzig were the last team to emerge from the old East Germany to make the top flight, with something of a bang, but Union Berlin arrived in different circumstances. While the hosts are in their fifth season in the Bundesliga, thanks to huge investment when they were founded in 2009, it’s been a long road for Union Berlin. With origins back to 1906, the club re-emerged in 1966 with its current name and joined the German League structure after unification in 1990.

Fischer’s appointment heralded Union’s rise to the top of the football pyramid and they show no signs of giving their place up.

These two teams have met on six occasions over the past six season’s and RB Leipzig have dominated the exchanges, winning four and drawing and losing one.

Leipzig did the double last season, triumphing 4-0 in Berlin on the opening day of the season before winning 3-1 at the Red Bull Arena in January last year.

With six wins, one draw and one defeat at home RB Leipzig are formidable opponents but with three wins, three draws and one defeat away, Union Berlin are no slouches either.

Betting Tip

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RB Leipzig vs Union Berlin Over 2.75 @ 1.96
January 21, 03:30 (GMT+8)

The fixtures are coming thick and fast here in the Bundesliga and these two teams are in action again on Saturday, so a midweek win is a big prize as both try to maintain momentum.

RB Leipzig are at 1.51 to win, with Berlin at 5.80 and the draw at 4.30, and although Kruse is out I think Union Berlin will still give the Red Bulls a tough examination. Seven of the last 12 games involving these teams have yielded three or more goals and I’m hoping to see an entertaining clash.

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Bundesliga: Mainz Seeking Reprieve at Home Against RB Leipzig

Mainz vs RB Leipzig

It is third versus 17th as RB Leipzig visit Mainz in a Bundesliga match that might prove to be crucial for both clubs than most would expect on paper.

For the visitors, they will aim to close the gap between them and Bayern Munich while overtaking the second-seeded Bayer Leverkusen in the process. As of the moment, Die Roten Bullen are level with Bayer Leverkusen with 32 points apiece.

Meanwhile for the home side, they are looking to salvage their disastrous campaign with a rare win. Bo Svensson’s side is winless in all competitions since late November and they are level with Schalke at the bottom with seven points.

In recent years, a game against Mainz is usually what the doctor ordered for RB Leipzig since some of their best wins came against them.

Can they repeat the trend come this weekend? Or will the 05ers come out of nowhere and shock their visitors?

As always here at SBOTOP, we examine both of these squads ahead of this awaited fixture.

Talking Points

RB Leipzig need to shake off their inconsistent form

Julian Nagelsmann’s side need to fix their act quickly if they are to keep their Bundesliga title hopes alive.

With their crop of good foundational pieces, there’s no doubt that RB Leipzig should get back to winning ways after this match versus Mainz.

Their 2021 got off to an auspicious start when they defeated VfB Stuttgart in a grinded-out affair. However, a loss to Borussia Dortmund in the following matchday blurred their path to the top of the standings.

Their inconsistencies continued up until last Saturday where they were held to a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg.

At the time, they were in danger of losing two in a row as they found themselves down 2-1, but Willi Orban bailed them out in the second half.

RB Leipzig are currently at third place in the Bundesliga table, four points behind leaders Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig’s Angelino in action against FC Augsburg’s Jeffrey Gouweleeuw

Looking at their top scorers list, Angelino leads the pack with seven goals and five assists which is quite impressive considering he’s a defender, while Yussuf Poulsen is right behind him with five goals and three assists.

Although Die Roten Bullen’s attack duties are being shared and done by committee, there’s no doubt that these two standouts are expected to lead the charge every game.

Both of them have yet to score since the end of last year, but they have a prime opportunity here against Mainz.

Mainz’s top-flight status is hanging by a thread

The clock is ticking for Mainz and they have no choice but to put their best foot forward in the next few matchdays.

Their Bundesliga 2021 results has been putrid since their victory over SC Freiburg back in November as their efforts on the pitch have been lacklustre.

French striker and Leeds United target Jean-Philippe Mateta is doing all he can for the 05ers, but it will take more than that for his team to improve their current position.

After a promising campaign last season, Robin Quaison has yet to hit the ground running since he has only punched in two goals and one assist so far.

On the other side of the pitch, Mainz need to beef up their backline since

History

Recent form and history favour RB Leipzig in this weekend’s contest.

In the nine matches that they’ve faced each other, Julian Nagelsmann’s side own the significant advantage with six wins, while Mainz have only won once with two draws.

RB Leipzig have been ruthless against Mainz especially in their last three matchups as they’ve notched an aggregate tally of 16-1.

Betting Tip

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Mainz vs RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -1.25 @ 2.03
January 23, 22:30 (GMT+8)

RB Leipzig are widely expected to grab their second win of the year and the latest Bundesliga 2021 odds back it up.

Die Roten Bullen are pegged to win at 1.45, whereas Mainz are priced at 5.60 and chances for a draw are at 4.30 in the 1X2 market.

Given that RB Leipzig have won over Mainz in dominant fashion for their last few encounters, it feels that Saturday will be a case of deja vu. Besides a victory for the visitors, you may also opt to place your wager on Over 2.50 @ 1.69.

Coming into this contest, Mainz are in dire straits as they try to turn their season around. However, stumbling on a contender in RB Leipzig surely won’t help their cause.

As for RB Leipzig, they should have no problems in dispatching their languishing opponents on the road. But they shouldn’t fall into the trap of being complacent as well.

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Bundesliga: In-Form Foals Primed to Overtake Slumping Dortmund

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund

So much for Borussia Dortmund’s strong start to 2021. After back-to-back wins to begin the new year, BVB have now dropped points in back-to-back games, which has put their top-four place in the Bundesliga in danger.

One of Dortmund’s main challengers, Borussia Monchengladbach, now have a chance to overtake them in the table if they can get the win in the second Battle of the Borussias this season.

BVB completely outclassed Gladbach in their first meeting, but the Foals are in fine form of late, so the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds will be closer in their favour at Borussia-Park.

Talking Points

Gladbach get key French forward back

Borussia Monchengladbach are finally finding a bit more consistency in the league in 2021. The Foals have started the new year unbeaten in their first four games, with wins over Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich, and Werder Bremen.

Gladbach were so close to making it four wins out of four, too, but they gave away a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 draw at Stuttgart.

Thanks to those promising Bundesliga 2021 results, Gladbach are now just one point behind fourth-placed Dortmund.

Gladbach boss Marco Rose, who has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, has done a terrific job keeping the Foals up and running despite the absence of one his top players, Marcus Thuram.

The French forward has missed the last five matches due to suspension for spitting in an opponent’s face. But he has now fully served out his ban and is ready to return to the fold, which will be a massive boost for the Foals.

Fellow French forward Alassane Plea is also back fit after a recent muscle injury and started in their 1-0 win over Werder Bremen. Thuram and Plea have each scored 2 goals in the league this season.

Swiss striker Breel Embolo was dropped after breaching COVID protocol, and it remains to be seen whether he will return to the squad against Dortmund.

Meanwhile, captain and leading scorer Lars Stindl (9 goals) is likely to return to the starting XI after only coming on as a sub against Bremen.

Dortmund in disarray once again

All the positive momentum Borussia Dortmund had built after big wins over Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig were completely wiped away by a home draw to bottom-club Mainz and a 2-1 loss away to Bayer Leverkusen.

Dortmund turned in one of their most disappointing performances of the season against Leverkusen, who came into the match without a win in their last four. They conceded 23 shots, 13 of which were on target.

The vaunted Dortmund attack still created chances of their own, but they were much less clinical as they could only get 3 of their 16 total shots on target.

Dortmund’s defence again looked shaky, as Leverkusen used their pace to exploit them on the counterattack.

Borussia Dortmund are now in fifth place in the Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus looking dejected during their match against Bayer Leverkusen

They clearly missed defensive midfielder Axel Witsel, who is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles against Leipzig. Witsel’s replacement, Emre Can, also missed the Leverkusen match due to suspension, but he should be back to face Gladbach.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is on a scoring slump, by his remarkably high standards; he has not scored in his last two games. The 20-year-old phenom, who has scored 12 goals in 12 league appearances this season, has yet to go three league matches in a row without a goal in his Dortmund career.

History

Dortmund have completely dominated the Battle of the Borussias in recent years. They have claimed a remarkable 19 wins to Gladbach’s 4 over their last 26 league meetings.

Dortmund beat Gladbach in the opening weekend of this season, 3-0. Giovanni Reyna opened the scoring, then Erling Haaland put the game away a second-half brace.

That win was Dortmund’s 11th in a row against Gladbach. The Foals’ last win against BVB came back in 2015.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus used to play for Gladbach, and he has a terrific record against his former team. He’s accounted for 15 goals (9 goals and 6 assists) in 12 career appearances against his old club.

Dortmund will need a vintage performance from Reus as take on a Gladbach side that has so many dangerous weapons to attack Dortmund’s shaky defence.

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Bundesliga: Leverkusen and Wolfsburg Fight Tooth and Nail For Points

Bayer Leverkusen vs VfL Wolfsburg

We have a thrilling match ahead of us this weekend as Bayer Leverkusen host VfL Wolfsburg at the BayArena.

Two of the stronger teams here in the Bundesliga will meet anew in what should be a fun match that poses huge ramifications as a win for either side will mean improving their position at the table while a loss will guarantee a drop.

Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg aren’t far off from each other in the German top-flight standings. The hosts are sitting at third behind RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich with 32 points, while VfL Wolfsburg are on fifth as they are level with Borussia Dortmund with 29 points.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, both of these clubs shared the spoils as neither came away with a victory.

And now that they’ll meet once more, we can expect these two to go at it again and it will be filled with fireworks and some drama.

So who will come out on top this time around? Today, let us take a look at both of these teams here in our latest match preview.

Talking Points

Bayer Leverkusen are back to winning ways

Peter Bosz’s men were in bad shape to kick off the new year because of lacklustre results, which is why their recent win against Borussia Dortmund should serve as a momentum boost ahead of this game.

In the said match, Moussa Diaby drew first blood for Die Werkself in the 14th minute but Borussia Dortmund drew level through Julian Brandt’s equaliser in the 67th minute.

For much of the second half it looked like BVB were on their way to steal this game. However, a slick counterattack by Bayer Leverkusen paved the way for Florian Wirtz to score the game-winner in the 80th minute.

It was the fourth goal of the season for the young midfielder, which made him the youngest ever in league history to achieve such feat (17 years, 261 days).

Moreover, Bayer Leverkusen have regained their dangerous attacking form as other than Wirtz and Diaby, Lucas Alario and Leon Bailey had strong performances too in the said match.

Bayer Leverkusen made huge strides this season as they hover around the top three spots in the table.

My colleague dubbed them as a wannabe since they have proven nothing yet, and now they have a chance to prove doubters wrong with another victory.

With a lot on the line for this upcoming contest, Bayer Leverkusen should come in ready to defend their home pitch.

VfL Wolfsburg plan to enter the top four

Another team on the rise this season are VfL Wolfsburg, who can move into the top four if things go according to plan.

Wolfsburg could enter the top four if they beat Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga

Oliver Glasner giving instructions from the touchline during their match against Borussia Dortmund

Normally known as a middling team either at the fifth to seventh spots, Oliver Glasner’s side has been clicking as they’ve only lost once in their last five.

Die Wolfe’s form has been superb in large part due to the resurgence of Wout Weghorst. The towering striker has now reached 12 goals and one assist, making him a marked man for Die Werkself’s defence.

However, Weghorst can’t do it all alone and he will need the likes of Maximillian Arnold and Josip Brekalo to step up big time.

History

Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg have had a rich history as they’ve played in 44 games together.

The head-to-heads are very close between these two, as Die Werkself won in 20 games while Die Wolfe won in 16 along with eight draws.

In an early season meeting last September, the game ended in a goalless draw as defence was the name of the game.

Prior to that, Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg have split their meetings last term with one win apiece.

Betting Tip

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Bayer Leverkusen vs VfL Wolfsburg 1X2 Draw @ 3.40
January 23, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The latest Bundesliga 2021 odds point to a tight match especially when looking at the 1×2 market readings.

The oddsmakers have Bayer Leverkusen priced to win at 2.09, whereas VfL Wolfsburg are close at 3.35. But given how these two match up, I am leaning towards a draw at 3.40.

Taking into account their reverse fixture last September, I also expect this game to be another grinded-out affair. So going for Under 2.50 @ 2.13 offers a safe alternative.

Both teams are fresh from victories and they are keen to build a new win streak.

While recent form slightly favours the road team, Bayer Leverkusen won’t bow down easily since they are running high in confidence.

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Bundesliga: Sunday Afternoon Stroll For Bavarians?

Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich

Bottom versus top in the Bundesliga – a one-sided Sunday afternoon in Schalke awaits?

Or does it?

For while there is a massive gap between these two sides, one which goes well beyond the 32 points difference in the standings, professional pride could come to the fore this weekend as Schalke look to restore some following one of their most embarrassing days in their recent history – an opening day 8-0 humiliation at the hands of the Bavarians.

Talking Points

With that in mind, it’s naturally hard to envisage anything other than an away win in this one.

It’s also natural to envisage a very demoralised Schalke coming into this encounter.

For so long in midweek, it looked as if they would get at least a point against relegation rivals Cologne.

Then Jan Thielmann netted a winner in the third minute of stoppage time to send Schalke back to the bottom, eight points from safety and a goal difference considerably worse than the sides directly above them.

If there can be any bright shoots for the hosts as they welcome the champions to town, it is the form of American youngster Matthew Hoppe who scored his fifth goal in three matches in midweek.

Until just under a fortnight ago, Schalke had not won a league game for 358 days.

They then recorded their first Bundesliga win in 31 games – to avoid equalling a league record – as 19-year-old scored the first three goals of his senior career.

In the same position, the club has also this week welcomed back Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax until the end of the season in a boost the Royal Blues’ attack.

Bundesliga: Matthew Hoppe scored in Schalke 04's previous three matches

Matthew Hoppe during Schalke 04’s match against TSG Hoffenheim

The 37-year-old has signed a short-term contract, completing a return to the Veltins Arena, where he spent seven years of his career between 2010 and 2017.

Huntelaar scored 126 goals in 239 competitive appearances for Schalke, helping them win the 2011 German Cup, while he also finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer in 2011/12 with 29 goals.

Mind you, it will take all of the veteran’s talents – and perhaps his ability to form a partnership with Hoppe – if he is going to help them steer clear of relegation between now and the end of the campaign.

With games against Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin – as well as Sunday’s visit of Bayern Munich – to come in the next month for Schalke, any points will feel like gold dust for manager Christian Gross and his side.

As if there weren’t enough concerns, the Swiss boss – Schalke’s fourth manager of the season – will be sweating on the fitness of captain Sead Kolasinac who pulled up late on in the midweek game.

Certainly, the form of Hoppe has given them a glimmer they can survive and preserve a top-flight status that goes back 30 years.

Hoppe and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski are the top scorers in the Bundesliga since the turn of the year having each scored five goals in three matches at the start of 2021.

In a 1-0 success over Augsburg in midweek, Lewandowski netted the all-important goal from the spot to keep Bayern four points clear at the top.

The Pole, on course to break Gerd Müller’s 40-goal season record after hitting his 22nd of the season, has scored in each of his last seven away matches, equalling the Bundesliga record.

No player has ever scored in eight successive matches on the road but Schalke could be the perfect hosts if he is to set yet more records.

Bayern’s number nine has also scored in each of his last 10 meetings with Schalke (13 goals) – also a Bundesliga record.

Even when Bayern aren’t playing well, they still produce Bundesliga highlights and grind out important results – meaning they are overwhelming favourites on Sunday.

History

After seven straight wins, the last time Schalke managed to take any points off Munich was in February 2017 when again Lewandowski found the net but Naldo’s reply earned them a 1-1 draw in the Allianz Arena.

Schalke’s last win against Bayern came in March 2011 with a 1-0 victory in the DFB Cup.

Overall, Bayern have 55 league victories in their clashes with 28 draws and Schalke triumphing on 18 occasions.

Earlier this season an absolute romp showed why they are the best in the business, although letting a two-goal lead slip recently at Borussia Monchengladbach showed they are not invincible.

Betting Tip

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Schalke 04 vs Bayern Munich Total Goals 2-3 @ 2.61
January 24, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The SBOTOP Bundesliga betting odds are as emphatically one-sided as you would expect them to be.

Bayern can be backed 1X2 @ 1.22 or Asian Handicap -2.00 ~@ 1.93.

Schalke are as far adrift as 1X2 @ 10.50 and Asian Handicap +2.00 @ 1.97.

The draw @ 5.40 shows what a big ask it will be for the hosts.

A re-run of the corresponding fixture last term – Correct Score 0-3 – is available @ 8.50.

Clearly, a shed load of goals are expected when the odds on over 4.00 goals are only @ 2.08 and Total Goals 4-6 is @ 1.94.

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Bundesliga: Chasing Pack in Major Stumble

Defeats to Red Bull Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund this weekend have opened the door for Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich to win a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Meanwhile, the stumbles of the big three challengers have given hope of a Champions League place to some less-fancied teams which are running into form. At the other end of the table, things are looking increasingly grim for bottom club Schalke and the relegation pool is shrinking.

Poor form is spreading across the top teams

The three sides which are expected to challenge Die Bayern – Red Bull, BVB and Bayer Leverkusen – have won a sum total of five games over the past six rounds between them, the same number as the team they are trying to chase down.

Leipzig’s two victories from six must be particularly galling for head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who has just watched his side surrender a 2-1 lead to lose to relegation-threatened Mainz.

Had Die Roten Bullen matched Bayern’s form over this six-game period they would now be three points clear at the top, with the Bavarians chasing.

At the turn of the year, Bayer Leverkusen were the form team, but they have all but capitulated, with a single win and a draw to sit alongside four defeats in the last six, and they are still, remarkably, in third place.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night means they have collected just seven points from the last six games, a return which leaves them in seventh place, outside the guaranteed European places. Erling Braut Haaland scored a brace but Die Fohlen found it all too easy to breach BVB’s defence.

FC Bayern have just watched their three biggest rivals all go on a six-match run which would leave them in lower mid-table, and I bet they can’t believe their luck!

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Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach nab a 4-2 victory against Dortmund

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram scores his side’s fourth goal against Dortmund at Borussia-Park

While the main challengers are falling over themselves to hand the title to Bayern, Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt, in fourth, fifth and sixth, are taking advantage and, in stark contrast, have suffered just two defeats between them over the past six games.

Eintracht, in particular, are in scintillating form with five wins and a draw. They hammered Arminia Bielefeld 1-5 on Saturday as Portuguese striker Andre Silva continued his impressive run of form with a brace. After stints at Sevilla and AC Milan, Silva seems settled in Frankfurt and has scored 14 goals to sit second, alongside Haaland and behind only Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, in the leading scorers race.

Meanwhile, a goal from wing-back Ridle Baku gave Wolfsburg a 1-0 win away to Leverkusen in a fourth versus third clash, and Monchengladbach swept BVB away with a clinical second-half performance, Marcus Thuram scoring the fourth with a thumping header.

It looks like three from four for the drop

Of course, there are still 16 rounds to play and there is always the likelihood of a mid-table side being sucked into a relegation battle, but the teams currently occupying the bottom three places look to be in serious trouble.

FC Schalke and Mainz are in the automatic relegation spots and in danger of being cut adrift. Though Mainz’ victory over Red Bull might just give Christian Heidl’s team the belief that they can fight their way out of trouble.

Cologne, in the play-off spot, have a difficult game away to Hoffenheim on Sunday night, while the club these three are trying to overhaul is Arminia Bielefeld, newly promoted and making a good fight of their survival bid. Hertha Berlin, level on points with Bielefeld on 17, should have enough quality to climb away.

So at the end of a monumental weekend of Bundesliga 2021 resultsBayern go into their Sunday night match, away to bottom club Schalke, four points clear at the top of the table with their game in hand. Victory, and a seven-point gap, would make things look rather ominous for the chasing back, who watched the champions go on a phenomenal run to win the title in 2019/20.

Schalke have lost five of the last six games and are ten points from safety. Anything other than a Bayern victory would be a major shock, here at SBOTOP we can’t offer more than 1.14 on an away win and the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds on Hansi Flick winning his second title, and Bayern’s 31st, have dropped to an even lower level.

The chasing pack needs to wake up…now!

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Bundesliga: Hoffenheim are No Pushover for Bayern

Bayern Munich vs TSG Hoffenheim

It’s all looking a little ominous at the top of the Bundesliga after FC Bayern stretched their lead to seven points following a run of six wins from seven league games.

Next to challenge the champions are TSG Hoffenheim, who arrive at the Allianz Arena with renewed confidence and the knowledge that their hosts can be beaten.

They proved just that in the second match of this season as they ended a 23-match winning run for the Bavarians.

Is this going to be another marker in Die Bayern’s seemingly relentless march to a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title? I’m not so sure.

Talking Points

Bayern Munich are ruthless

As their rivals have faltered, Hansi Flick’s Bayern have been clicking through the gears since the turn of the year by beating all comers with the exception of a defeat in a five-goal thriller against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Die Bayern’s trip to Schalke last weekend turned out to be a Sunday afternoon stroll as they thrashed the bottom club 4-0, with Thomas Muller scoring a double while Robert Lewandowski bagged his 23rd goal of the campaign.

When Bayern hosted second-bottom club Mainz in the New Year opener, they handed out similar punishment by winning 5-2 as Lewandowski helped himself to another two.

And there will be no shortage of supply for Bayern’s strikers on Saturday as Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman have seven assists each and Leroy Sane has five.

But the Bavarians have been more circumspect against teams higher in the table, winning by the odd goal in four other recent victories.

There’s a steely determination in Flick’s players and that’s bad news for the chasing pack.

Bayern’s biggest rivals all lost during the weekend as Red Bull Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are all faltering. So once again, this season’s championship is Bayern’s to lose.

Kramaric has the taste for goals

After a stop-start first half of the campaign, 1899 Hoffenheim arrive in Munich on the back of two 3-0 victories which have moved them up to 11th place in the Bundesliga table – away from danger and now in sight of the Europa League places.

Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric scored twice in Hoffenheim’s win over Cologne on Sunday, following his brace the previous week against Hertha Berlin.

Bundesliga: Andrej Kramaric has scored 4 goals in the last two games

Andrej Kramaric in action for TSG Hoffenheim against Schalke 04

Four in two games has taken him up to 12 league goals for the season and he’s a man with an appetite for more.

He has had the fourth most shots of any player in the league at 51, and he sits fourth in the league-leading scorers alongside Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst. But the 29-year-old hitman has a way to go to catch Lewandowski though!

Spurs’ 20-year-old midfielder Ryan Sessegnon joined TSG on loan at the start of the season and he’s a lively customer, scoring two goals and making two assists in 11 appearances.

It seems Hoffenheim had a rude awakening when they lost 4-0 to bottom club Schalke at the beginning of January and they have taken seven points from three games since.

Head coach Sebastian Hoeness signed a three-year contract on his appointment in June 2020 and this upturn in form will help him to sit easier in the hot seat.

Hoeness has a fine pedigree as he was Bayern’s youth coach last season and he would love to impress his former employers again.

A sixth-place finish last season earned Hoffenheim Europa League football and they stormed the group stage, winning five and drawing one to top Group L with 16 points.

They’ll hope to progress deep into the competition, but fixture congestion didn’t help Die Kraichgauer much at the beginning of the season and Hoeness faces a battle to keep his squad fit.

History

The head-to-head Bundesliga 2021 results tell an expected tale.

The two teams have met 27 times over the past 12 years, with Bayern having won 18 and drawn five while TSG managed just four wins.

But the latest meeting was anything but routine. Hoeness and his team stunned his old friends by hammering Bayern, 4-1, as Kramaric scored twice to put an end to the champions’ 23-match winning run.

Can they do it again? Well, it’s a huge task and the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds don’t give the visitors much hope.

Bayern are on the winning trail again with a home record of six victories and two draws and they are unbeaten at the Allianz Arena in 26 matches.

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Bayern Munich vs TSG Hoffenheim TSG Hoffenheim Asian Handicap +2.00 @ 2.01
January 30, 22:30 (GMT+8)

It makes perfect sense that the SBOTOP odds have Bayern at 1.21, Hoffenheim at 10.50, and the draw at 6.20, and I think that the champions will win.

But I’d put Hoffenheim in the category of teams which could push Die Bayern. And with the confidence of two comfortable victories behind them, I expect the visitors to put up a fight.

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Bundesliga: Leipzig and Leverkusen Figure in an Explosive Sunday Affair

RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen

Two of this season’s title challengers are going head-to-head as RB Leipzig host Bayer Leverkusen this weekend.

Both of these high-profile squads are within the top three of the Bundesliga standings. And with the gap between them and Bayern Munich getting wider, a win is in order for these two to catch up.

Certainly, they are desperate to get back on their feet given their stumbling losses in the last time out, as it tipped the scales to the Bavarian giants’ favour.

So they will be in for a mouthwatering showdown that is sure to give football fans entertaining Bundesliga 2021 highlights.

And while the SBOTOP betting odds slightly favour the home side for this contest, I am pretty sure that their visitors will aim to prove doubters wrong.

RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have shared the spoils in their last few encounters, but will the same result occur this Sunday night?

Talking Points

RB Leipzig plan to retool

As mentioned before, RB Leipzig have some ways to go if ever they’d want to be crowned as a championship team.

They are a roster filled with good foundational pieces, so it’s no secret that some of their players have caught the attention of the bigger teams out there.

One of their cornerstones in Dayot Upamecano has been at the centre of numerous transfer rumours, but Julian Nagelsmann would prefer keeping him or sell him at the right price.

RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen: The second and third placers of Bundesliga will face this Sunday

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann coaching from the touchline

Meanwhile, their forwards have yet to warrant the same attention especially since they have been inconsistent so far this season.

Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen are trying to fill in the void left by Timo Werner, but they have only generated eight goals and five assists as of the moment.

Recognising the need to bolster their forward depth, several reports have surfaced regarding RB Leipzig’s willingness to consider looking at reinforcements elsewhere.

According to German news outlet Bild, the Red Bulls are keen on bringing over either Divock Origi or Kelechi Iheanacho from the Premier League.

Origi and Iheanacho have fallen out of favour from Liverpool and Leicester City respectively and they are considered as reclamation projects for Leipzig.

Another option that they have is Kasper Dolberg from Nice. The young forward has recorded three goals in 11 Ligue 1 appearances and he is just 23 years old.

Julian Nagelsmann has always stressed the need of scoring goals by the committee and perhaps adding more firepower would help their bid for this season’s title.

Bayer Leverkusen have a trump card in Wirtz

January hasn’t been kind to Bayer Leverkusen in terms of goals, but they have the personnel to provide such when needed.

Peter Bosz’s side have failed to score in two of their last three. And coincidentally, both of them ended in tough losses.

They did, however, have an encouraging performance versus Borussia Dortmund and they are optimistic that they’ll regain such form this weekend.

While the trio of Lucas Alario, Leon Bailey, and Moussa Diaby are to be feared by opposing defences, the x-factor for Die Werkself will be Florian Wirtz.

The 17-year-old wunderkind has shown great poise and ball control in the midfield, and he is just scratching the surface.

He has already done significant damage against the opposition and he will look to do the same against the hard-charging Red Bulls.

History

The history between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen is relatively young since the former has only stayed in the German top-flight for only half a decade so far.

In their nine games against each other, RB Leipzig have made the most out of this budding rivalry with four wins, whereas Bayer Leverkusen only had one win along with four draws.

Both of these teams have notched three straight 1-1 draws for the past year. Prior to that, Die Roten Bullen have won two straight while Die Werkself’s only victory came last April 2018.

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RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.68
January 31, 01:30 (GMT+8)

The updated Bundesliga 2021 odds point to a tight contest to which RB Leipzig will eventually win.

The hosts are priced at 1.90 to win, while Die Werkself aren’t far behind at 3.95 and a draw is at 3.45 in the 1X2 market.

RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen is sure to provide fireworks and either team can come away with a victory.

However, given the Red Bulls’ composure in tight affairs, I would have to give the slight edge for the home side to come out with the three points.

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Wolf Bites in Bundesliga – Winners and Losers

Another busy weekend in the Bundesliga and much to ponder.

Whichever way you assess the Bundesliga betting odds, of course, the reigning champions remain the overwhelming favourites to retain the title – what would be a ninth successive championship.

At the other end, the race to beat the drop is an intriguing one and a battle that is likely to produce just as many Bundesliga highlights.

But who were the winners and losers on match weekend 19?

Winners

Marius Wolf

With Cologne on a club-record run of 14 Bundesliga home games without a win, a period that stretched back 11 months to February 29 last season, Arminia Bielefield could have been forgiven for feeling hopeful as they arrived at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Marius Wolf, however, clearly had other ideas.

Within 10 minutes of kick-off, he had smashed a loose ball into the net for the opener. Then, just 18 minutes later, he grabbed his and Cologne’s second, again in the right place at the right time to pounce.

That set the tone for a 3-1 home success which lifted them two places above their opponents and Hertha Berlin.

During a weekend in which they were the only side in the bottom five to win, Wolf was the hero.

Quite a time to seal your team’s first home win for almost a year!

Schalke

This may appear an odd choice by this SBOTOP writer. After all, a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen may not have helped them ease much away from the relegation trapdoor.

Yet it was still a point which gives them a glimmer of hope.

Omar Mascarell’s first-half opener – his first Schalke goal in his 61st appearance for the club – had the Royal Blues on course for only their second win of the season before Kevin Möhwald struck late on to earn a point.

Yes, Christian Gross’ team still have the worst away record in the division (won none, drawn three, lost six) but if they could secure back-to-back wins they will make those sides above them uncomfortable.

This game also marked Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s second debut for the club, a decade after his first.

Bayern Munich

It is true that Bayern have not been at their best for spells this season compared to last – although it is far from easy to follow perfection, something they achieved last season with their Bundesliga-German Cup-Champions League treble.

However, despite some vulnerabilities, Hans Flick’s men are still a much stronger proposition than any of their league rivals.

That was shown once again as they cemented their place at the top of the standings with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller among the goals in an emphatic 4-1 home win over Hoffenheim.

Bayern suffered their only competitive defeat of 2020 at the hands of Hoffenheim but there was no repeat in the Allianz Arena.

They have now scored at least once in their last 50 competitive matches and 58 goals at this stage of a Bundesliga season is a record.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich have defeated Hoffenheim 4-1 at home

Serge Gnabry celebrates with Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman after scoring Bayern Munich’s fourth goal against Hoffenheim

Eintracht Frankfurt

When Frankfurt fell behind at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon as the midway point of the second half approached, a question was immediately asked of their credentials as Champions League hopefuls.

Their reaction was as swift as it was impressive.

Andre Silva levelled almost immediately and then grabbed a second in stoppage time after Martin Hinteregger had headed home a second with six minutes remaining.

That sealed a 3-1 success which kept them a point clear of perennial runners-up Borussia Dortmund.

It’s six wins out of seven for Die Adler and seven goals in five games for Silva to take his tally to the season so far to 16 from 19 games – a Frankfurt club record.

Losers

Hertha Berlin

I have only selected one loser this weekend.

Hertha Berlin may produce some special moments from time to time but they are out of form at this moment in time and in need of points quickly.

Their 3-1 reverse at Eintracht Frankfurt means they remain clear of the relegation play-off spot only on goal difference and have only two wins from their last 12.

The impressive Krzysztof Piatek netted again but, if Pal Dardai was hoping to mark his return as head coach with a victory after taking over from Bruno Labbadia, it quickly evaporated.

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Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin are Next on Bayern Munich’s Victim List

Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich continue the lighter part of their Bundesliga schedule as they visit Hertha Berlin this upcoming weekend.

The visitors have been ruthlessly efficient in gathering points while seeing their major rivals stumble, and now they have firm control of their destiny this season.

Hansi Flick’s men are on top of the table with 45 points, which is seven points clear over the second-seeded RB Leipzig and they are showing no signs of slowing down.

On the other hand, Hertha Berlin are in need of a turnaround since their form has been putrid.

Since winning over Union Berlin in the previous Berlin Derby last December, Die Alte Dame have only won once in their last nine league games.

They are currently standing at the 15th spot with 17 points and are level with Arminia Bielefeld, which means that they are in danger to slide down into the relegation zone.

Before we get to see these two clubs go at it, first, take a look at this match preview courtesy of SBOTOP.

Talking Points

Bayern Munich are looking ahead

With this game looking like a foregone conclusion, Bayern Munich have a lot to examine moving forward.

Obviously getting more positive Bundesliga 2021 results will be the main priority en route to another championship, but what’s worth monitoring more is on what will be their plans for the summer.

With David Alaba set to leave the club for Real Madrid soon, the centre-back position will need to be reinforced.

Jerome Boateng holds the other centre-back position, but it remains to be seen whether who will be paired alongside him moving forward.

Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule have appeared sparingly for the Bavarian giants this season, and both have considered leaving for greener pastures.

Furthermore, Bayern Munich considered prying away RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano to fill in the void at the right price. However, they are in a bidding war with Chelsea and Liverpool.

While both sides have yet to reach a deal, for now, Hansi Flick is obliged to use the players that he has as of the moment.

Hernandez and Sule are in their physical primes so perhaps Flick can figure out a way to integrate them into his rotation.

Out front, Robert Lewandowski will continue to be their main protagonist.

He scored all of the four goals during their reverse fixture against Hertha, making him the marked man for the Old Lady’s backline.

Will new faces translate success for Hertha Berlin?

Other than their lacklustre form, the biggest news for Hertha Berlin is the new people that they’ve brought in this past month.

Pal Dardai signed for a contract until 2022, marking his return at the coaching helm replacing Bruno Labbadia.

In the transfer window, Die Alte Dame signed Sami Khedira from Juventus as a way to address their midfield woes.

Sami Khedira is expected to be featured in Hertha Berlin's Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich

Sami Khedira during Hertha Berlin’s training session

The 34-year-old Stuttgart native will offer experience and depth for Hertha as he is a certified winner.

One of Khedira’s biggest achievements was when he helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup months after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

He hasn’t appeared for Juventus this term which makes this move necessary as he is approaching the twilight of his decorated career.

Can Dardai and Khedira resuscitate the Old Lady’s faltering hopes of staying in top-flight? Only time will tell.

History

The Bavarian giants are the overwhelming favourites in this contest because of their historical dominance over Die Alte Dame.

Bayern Munich have won 23 times in their last 34 meetings, while Hertha Berlin have only won twice along with nine draws.

With only 17 points in 19 fixtures, this is Hertha Berlin’s third-worst campaign so far. They have only been worse off at this juncture in 2004 (16) and in 2010 (10) season to which they were relegated.

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Hertha BSC vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.81
February 06, 03:30 (GMT+8)

If you are looking for a sure win, it would be wise to root for a Bayern Munich victory this Friday night.

The latest Bundesliga 2021 odds in the 1X2 market have the Bavarian giants winning at 1.29, while Hertha Berlin are at 9.00 and chances for a draw are at 5.60.

Needless to say that Hertha should bring their A-game and more if they’re ever going to have a chance against the defending Bundesliga champions.

But Bayern Munich are on a roll right now and Hansi Flick will instruct his boys to keep their foot on the gas pedal, and that may be too much for the Old Lady to handle.

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Bundesliga: Gladbach Keen to Keep Great Run Going in Rhine Derby

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Koln

Borussia Monchengladbach have been one of the most in-form sides in the Bundesliga to start 2021. The Foals are unbeaten in their first six games this year and are right in the thick Champions League race.

Gladbach will be eager to keep their unbeaten run going when they host fierce rivals FC Koln in the Rhine Derby this weekend.

Koln are once again battling for their Bundesliga lives this season. But while the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds won’t be in their favour, they always seem game to give Gladbach a good fight.

Talking Points

Gladbach going great guns in 2021

After a rough start to the season, Borussia Monchengladbach have been back to their best in the Bundesliga since the turn of the year.

The Foals are unbeaten in their first six games in 2021, with 4 wins and 2 draws. They were held to a 1-1 stalemate away to surprise package Union Berlin last time out.

But Gladbach quickly got back to winning ways by claiming a 2-1 win at Stuttgart in their midweek DFB-Pokal tie. Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea both scored to overturn an early deficit.

The two French forwards are in fine form at the moment. Plea also scored in their draw at Union, while Thuram has scored in two of his first three outings since returning from his five-match suspension.

Gladbach coach Marco Rose finally has all of his first-choice players healthy and available, which will give him plenty of options for how he can set up his side.

Bundesliga: Alassane Plea scored in Borussia Monchengladbach's 1-2 away win vs VfB Stuttgart

Alassane Plea celebrates with his Borussia Monchengladbach teammates after scoring vs VfB Stuttgart

Captain Lars Stindl did not start in their draw at Union but is likely to return to the starting XI for the derby. Stindl has been in tremendous form this season with 9 goals and 4 assists in 19 league appearances.

Gladbach have also been in great form at home, where they’ve lost just once all season. They have won their last three games at Borussia Park, which includes big victories over both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Koln clawing their way to results

Koln are once again right in the thick of the relegation scrap this year. The Billy Goats are currently in 14th place, just one point from the relegation playoff spot. They were also knocked out of the DFB-Pokal in midweek as they fell to 2. Bundesliga side Jahn Regensburg on penalties.

However, Koln’s recent Bundesliga 2021 results have shown some signs of improvement as they have taken points from fellow relegation strugglers. They held Hertha Berlin to a draw and beat both Schalke and Arminia Bielefeld within their last four games.

Koln brought in some reinforcements during the transfer window, signing striker Emmanuel Dennis on loan and bringing in former Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

Dennis got off the mark in their cup defeat in midweek, although he missed his penalty in the shootout. His arrival is a much-needed boost to Koln’s attack with Sebastian Andersson still out injured and Anthony Modeste also struggling with physical issues.

Koln have been significantly better away from home this season. Three of their four wins this season have been outside the RheinEnergieSTADION. That includes their shock 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in November.

History

The Rhine Derby has been a one-sided affair in recent years. Gladbach have won 12 of their last 19 matches against rivals Koln, who have won just four. Meanwhile, there have been 3 draws.

Gladbach won their first meeting this season 3-1 thanks to goals from Plea, Stefan Lainer, and Stindl. The Foals also did the double over their rivals.

But despite Gladbach’s recent success, Koln have made sure that the Rhine Derby remains closely contested. In fact, the derby has been decided by just one goal in each of the last 10 games. The last time a team won the Rhine Derby by more than one goal was Gladbach (3-0) back in 2012.

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs FC Koln Borussia Monchengladbach Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.86
February 7, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have Gladbach installed as substantial 1.52 favourites to come out on top in the Rhine Derby, with Koln priced as 6.20 underdogs.

Gladbach look like a good bet to continue their winning ways in the derby. They’re finally healthy and their star forwards are all in fine form.

This is as good a time as any for them to pick up a comfortable win over their old foes, which is why I predict a Gladbach victory of more than a single goal this time around.

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Bundesliga: The Foals Enter the Wolves’ Den

VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach

VfL Wolfsburg have officially become one of the hottest clubs in the Bundesliga. By winning six of their last seven league games, Die Wolfe have moved up to a few spots in the German top-flight standings.

And this Sunday evening, they will look to extend their unbeaten run as they host Borussia Monchengladbach in what will be a stern test for them.

While Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig have cemented their championship contending status, the Wolves have been raising eyebrows since they have been punching above their weight.

Oliver Glasner’s side is perched at the third spot with 38 points, which is only three points adrift to RB Leipzig.

Meanwhile, their opponents in Borussia Monchengladbach have some catching up to do since they’ve fallen from their usual placing.

Marco Rose’s group missed an opportunity last week to go to as high as the fifth spot to level with Bayer Leverkusen. And now they remain at seventh with 32 points to level with Borussia Dortmund.

This particular matchup will be supplied by high-quality players capable of producing topnotch Bundesliga 2021 highlights. But which stars will shine the brightest come Sunday? 

Talking points

VfL Wolfsburg are smelling blood

Die Wolfe continue to show their grit and teeth, and that has resulted to an undefeated run of six games.

After losing to Borussia Dortmund to start the year, VfL Wolfsburg got back on track with four wins and two draws.

One of the secrets to Die Wolfe’s resurgence is because of their unrelenting backline. John Brooks and Maxence Lacroix have added granite to their defencive foundation, while full-backs Kevin Mbabu and Paulo Otavio have enough guile and energy to stop opposing wingers.

They are the second-best team in the Bundesliga for goals conceded as they have only surrendered 19 goals as of this writing.

During their six-game undefeated run, only RB Leipzig were able to score against them and they haven’t conceded anything ever since.

Other than their rock solid defence, their efforts on the other side of pitch has been bearing fruit too.

Oliver Glasner’s side is fresh from a thumping win over Augsburg in the last time out as Wout Weghorst and Ridle Baku provided the goals at the WWK Arena.

Weghorst scored his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season during the said fixture, which is a record for a Wolfsburg player at this point of the season.

Meanwhile, centre-back John Brooks has scored two goals in his last 11 appearances and he is fast approaching his total of three goals during the 2019 season.

With the Wolves firing on all cylinders, expect them to remain hungry as they continue to punch above their weight. 

Borussia Monchengladbach will visit Wolfsburg in an exciting Bundesliga top-seven clash

Florian Neuhaus celebrates with teammates after scoring Borussia Moenchengladbach’s first goal against FC Cologne at Borussia Park

Borussia Monchengladbach shouldn’t be overlooked

The Foals have been banging in form over this past month but it was momentarily halted when they lost against FC Koln last weekend.

Koln winger Elvis Rexhbecaj scored a brace while Florian Neuhaus’ early goal proved to be a consolation as Gladbach missed their chance to move up.

Like VfL Wolfsburg, Gladbach have a formidable rotation that can cause major problems for the former.

Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram have been in fine form since their returns, while skipper Lars Stindl has punched in nine goals and four assists already.

Florian Neuhaus has been turning heads with his technical elegance in the midfield, and he will play a huge role to his team’s fortunes moving forward.

History

Borussia Monchengladbach badly need a win for this game in order to somehow tip the scales into their favour.

In the head-to-heads, the Wolves and the Foals have clashed in 39 matches to which the former owns the upper hand. Die Wolfe have won in 20 games, while the Foals won 11 times along with eight draws.

Gladbach are winless in their last 15 matches to Wolfsburg in the league. Their previous away triumph was a 3-1 victory last November 2003.

Sunday will be a big day for certain Gladbach players as it will be Florian Neuhaus 100th appearance for the team as well as Matthias Ginter’s 250th league appearance overall.

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VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach VfL Wolfsburg Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 2.17
February 14, 1:00(GMT+8)

A belter of a contest is expected for this certain matchup, as per the latest Bundesliga 2021 odds here at SBOTOP.

VfL Wolfsburg are priced at 2.49, while Borussia Monchengladbach are not far behind at 2.82 and chances for a draw are at 3.20 in the 1×2 market.

However, given how Die Wolfe have been performing on both ends of the pitch lately, it would be very hard to bet against them especially against a team who is coming off of a loss.

Team manager Oliver Glasner should be given kudos for instilling a winning mentality to his boys, and it is looking likely that their unbeaten run wouldn’t be halted anytime soon.

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Bundesliga: Bayern, Frankfurt Just Keep Winning

Bayern Munich have yet to take part in Bundesliga action this matchday, but they were still the big winners of the week after picking up yet another piece of silverware and announcing some massive Bundesliga 2021 news.

On the pitch, Eintracht Frankfurt were one of the rare winners in a matchday that was full of draws as they continued their sensational form in 2021. Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund dropped more points and remain outside of the Champions League places.

So without further ado, here are SBOTOP’s big winners and losers of Matchday 21 in the Bundesliga.

Winner: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich made more history in Qatar last week as they won the FIFA Club World Cup. It was their sixth trophy in a year, a remarkable feat which only one other club – the great Barcelona team of 2008/09 – had achieved.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, the German giants went out and announced the signing of RB Leipzig star centre-back Dayot Upamecano this weekend. Bayern beat out several of the top clubs in the world, including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, for the promising young Frenchman’s signature.

Upamecano will join a Bayern backline which already features fellow Frenchmen Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez. He will also help fill the hole to be left by David Alaba, who is reportedly set to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.

It’s already looking as though Bayern will win their ninth straight Bundesliga title this season. And with Upamecano locked up – and one of their top challengers in RB Leipzig weakened – their chances of extending that amazing streak to 10 and beyond just got even better.

Loser: Borussia Dortmund

While things are going great for Germany’s biggest club, it’s been the opposite for the country’s second-biggest side as Borussia Dortmund were held to a 2-2 draw at home by struggling Hoffenheim.

Borussia Dortmund shared a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim in recent Bundesliga match

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland looks dejected after a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim in recent Bundesliga match

Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho both scored, but it wasn’t enough as BVB have now won just once in their last six league matches. Due to that disastrous run of form, they are now in sixth, six points back from the fourth and final Champions League place.

Dortmund will be in Champions League action against Sevilla this week. The economic impact of missing out on the tournament next season would be disastrous for Dortmund and could see them fall even further behind not just Bayern but other clubs in the Bundesliga pecking order.

Winner: Mainz

Six of the eight Bundesliga matches this weekend ended in draws, but by far the most exciting of which was Mainz’s 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Mainz looked dead and buried as they were 2-0 down with just a minute left in normal time. But Robert Glatzel and Kevin Stoger scored two late goals to give the visitors an unexpected point.

Mainz are still in 17th place, five points from safety, while 16th-placed Arminia Bielefeld still have two games in hand.

However, Mainz’s form continues to improve as they’ve surprisingly taken points from top-half clubs. Over their last six games, they have also drawn at Dortmund, stunned Leipzig 3-2 at home, and beat Union Berlin.

If they can get a few more of those kinds of results, they could very well make their way out of the relegation zone.

Loser: Bayer Leverkusen

On the other end, Leverkusen’s dip in form in 2021 continues. They have won just two of their eight matches this year with four defeats as they’ve dropped from the top of the table in early December to fifth, three points out of the last Champions League places.

And with their Europa League campaign set to resume this week, Leverkusen could struggle even more to string consistent results in the league.

Winner: Eintracht Frankfurt

The struggles of Leverkusen and Dortmund have allowed red-hot Eintracht Frankfurt to rise up to third. The Eagles soared to their fourth straight win against Koln and have now won eight of their last nine in the league.

Andre Silva has continued his sensational goalscoring form as he scored for the sixth time in the last four games. The Portuguese striker is now up to 18 goals on the season, second behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski. Meanwhile, Serbian playmaker Filip Kostic has supplied five assists in his last four games.

Frankfurt’s schedule figures to get tougher over the next few weeks, which begins with a visit from Bayern this weekend. But with Silva and Kostic in fine form and Leverkusen and Dortmund struggling, don’t discount the Eagles’ Bundesliga 2021 odds of keeping their Champions League place.

Loser: Union Berlin

Union Berlin’s bubble appears to have burst. This season’s surprise package has now failed to win in five straight games after a goalless draw at home against bottom-club Schalke. That result comes after losing away to second-from-bottom Mainz last week.

Union initially did well to survive the long-term absence of top striker Max Kruse, but they are now missing his goals dearly.

Despite their dip in form, Union are still comfortably in midtable, well above the relegation zone. Survival was their main goal this season, so they should be happy they will almost surely stick around for another year. But any dreams they may have had of making Europe are now looking quite unlikely.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Eager to End Frankfurt’s Fantastic Run

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich

Eintracht Frankfurt have been the most in-form team in the Bundesliga since the start of 2021. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine games, which has seen them soar to third in the standings.

However, Frankfurt will face by far the biggest threat to their unbeaten run as reigning champions Bayern Munich come to visit the Deutsche Bank Park.

After claiming the Club World Cup in Qatar, Bayern had a bit of a hangover as they drew 3-3 at home against relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld.

But the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds still have Bayern heavily favoured to bounce back over Frankfurt, who will give them all they can handle.

Talking Points

Frankfurt can’t stop winning

Eintracht Frankfurt’s fantastic form in 2021 continues. The Eagles have won eight of their nine league matches this calendar year, seven of which have been by two or more goals.

Granted, most of their wins have come against teams in the bottom half of the table, but they did beat fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home during that stretch.

Andre Silva has been in sensational goalscoring form of late. The Portuguese striker has scored six goals in his last four matches and now has 18 goals on the season, second only to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga scoring charts.

Andre Silva is the second top scorer in Bundesliga with 18 goals scored

Andre Silva in action during Eintracht Frankfurt’s match against FC Koln

Meanwhile, Filip Kostic has also been creating several Bundesliga 2021 highlights. The Serbian playmaker has two goals and five assists in his last four appearances.

Frankfurt also have on-loan Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic in reserve. The 23-year-old has contributed three goals since returning from Spain.

And aside from having such talented attackers, Frankfurt have also been rock-solid at the back, particularly at home. They have conceded just 11 goals in their 10 home games.

Frankfurt won just once in their first six games at the Deutsch Bank Park this season but have since won the last four in a row.

Bayern still looking shaky at the back

Bayern Munich had a great week after their Club World Cup triumph and the confirmation of top centre-back Dayot Upamecano’s signing. However, they were brought back down to earth by newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld, who held the world champions to a 3-3 draw.

Arminia took a shock 2-0 lead in the first half, but Bayern fought back in the second half to salvage a point.

Bayern’s defending has been a big issue all season, which is likely a major reason why they targeted Upamecano. They have already conceded 29 goals his season, which is tied with Frankfurt for sixth in the league.

David Alaba, who has confirmed he will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season, had to fill in at central midfield against Bielefeld with Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez still unavailable. However, both are back in training and are returning to full fitness.

Bayern also have some issues in attack, with Thomas Muller out due to Covid and Serge Gnabry picking up an injury in the Club World Cup final.

But as long as Robert Lewandowski is in the line-up, Bayern still have goals in them. The Polish superstar is now up to 25 goals in 20 games this season after scoring against Arminia.

History

Bayern have been absolutely dominant in recent league meetings against Frankfurt. They have won 19 of their last 26 matches, with the Frankfurt winning just three.

Bayern have won seven of the last eight matches against the Eagles, scoring four or more goals in four of them. That includes back-to-back games with five goals in wins at the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win in their first meeting this season.

Although, Frankfurt have claimed two massive wins over Bayern in the last three years. The first was their famous DFB-Pokal final triumph in 2018, spearheaded by then-manager Niko Kovac. Then, they stunned Bayern 5-1 at home in 2019, which marked the end of Kovac’s time in charge of Bayern.

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich Eintracht Frankfurt Asian Handicap +0.50 @ 2.19
February 20, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Even with Eintracht Frankfurt’s fine form, SBOTOP odds still have Bayern Munich installed as massive 1.77 favourites to win. Frankfurt are priced at 4.00 to win at home, while a draw is not far behind at 3.95.

There are a lot of things going against Bayern in this match, though. Muller’s potential absence is huge, and the defensive issues are hard to overlook. Then there’s Frankfurt, who have the firepower to exploit those defensive weaknesses and a solid backline that can keep Bayern at bay.

Moreover, Bayern begin their Champions League round of 16 tie with Lazio in midweek, which could heavily influence Hansi Flick’s team selection.

With all of those factors in mind, I’m leaning toward Eintracht Frankfurt to have just about enough to keep their unbeaten run intact at home.

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Bundesliga: Dortmund to Dominate in Ruhr Derby

Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund

There have been some great battles in the Revierderby over the years and Bundesliga: Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund is one of the biggest fixtures in European football.

But when the two teams meet on Saturday at the Veltins Arena, fans of Schalke will fear the worst as their team sits bottom of the league, nine points from safety and with time running out; while their visitors are chasing a top four spot. This is one of the most long-standing rivalries in the game and, here at SBOTOP, we think the Dortmund fans will be smiling on Saturday night and the Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund betting odds point to a comfortable away victory.

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Hoppe hopes to save Schalke 04

A year ago Schalke were pushing for Europe, in sixth place and with 35 points, so to find themselves rock bottom with just nine on the board and only 13 games remaining is a desperate situation. Die Knappen have looked doomed for some weeks, without a win in almost a year they were homing in on Tasmania Berlin’s unwanted record of 31 games without a victory, but having made it to 30, Schalke finally broke their duck in January by beating 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0, a thumping win for a team in such dire straits.

Schalke are sitting at the bottom in the Bundesliga table with only 9 points

Schalke 04’s Matthew Hoppe in action during their match against RB Leipzig

Young US striker Matt Hoppe scored a hat-trick against Hoffenheim and has five for the season since he made his debut on 28th November 2020. Die Knappen have only scored 15 throughout the campaign so the 19 year old has been a rare bright spark in their struggle. Hoppe has a lot riding on his young shoulders as his team’s best hope: “The biggest goal is to help Schalke stay in the first division,” he said. “That’s what my focus is right now but I want to keep scoring goals, keep helping the team any way I can.”

Amine Harit also scored against Hoffenheim and he has made five assists, so Hoppe has a supply from the Moroccan, though Schalke’s problems at the back have been just as troubling as up front, earning just one clean sheet in 16 league games.

It’s been a real season of turmoil for the Ruhr club. Head coach Christian Gross has followed David Wagner, Manuel Baum and Huub Stevens as the fourth man in the hot seat at the Veltins Arena, appointed in December; and while it hasn’t exactly gone to plan he has, at least, achieved something the other three didn’t… a win!

Champions League success could spark Dortmund’s season

There have been managerial comings and goings at Borussia Dortmund too. Following the sacking of Lucien Favre; interim head coach Edin Terzic is minding the shop until the summer, when Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marco Rose is set to take over.

Currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga table, Dortmund have a six point gap to make up on either Eintracht Frankfurt or VFL Wolfsburg in third and fourth places, and have been inconsistent of late; so a  3-2 win away to Sevilla in the Champions League has handed a timely boost to die Schwarzgelben.

Erling Braut Haaland was on target twice against the Spaniards and he is looking in seriously good form, with 15 goals in the league he’ll expect to add to his tally on Saturday.

At the other end of the pitch there is some hope for young Hoppe; BVB have conceded 13 goals in the last six games, two in each of the last four matches.

History

The head to head Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund results, in all games since 1992, might come as a surprise as the die Knappen have won 19 to Dortmund’s 16.

They are the worst side in the league this season, but last season Schalke finished 12th, and not long ago they were one of Germany’s top sides. Schalke have won seven league titles and five DFB Pokals, in 2011 they reached the Champions League semi-final, and in 2017/18 they finished second in the Bundesliga to FC Bayern.

But the decline has been rapid and die Schwarzgelben beat Schalke 3-0 at the Signal Iduna Park in November and by 4-0 at home at the end of the 2019/20 season. The corresponding fixture at the Veltins ended in a 0-0 draw.

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Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.93
February 21, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Schalke are at 8.25 to win their second game of the league season, while the draw is at 4.90 and Borussia Dortmund is at 1.34.

The Borussia defence will give Schalke some hope, but their attack should have too much for their hosts and, for an outside bet at odds of 8.75, an outcome of 1-3 would be no surprise.

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Bundesliga: Red Bull’s Title Charge is About to Run Over the Foals

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach

It seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, but with 12 rounds to play, FC Bayern have failed to pull away in the German title race and Red Bull Leipzig are hot on their heels.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side have climbed to within two points of the top of the Bundesliga table as the Bavarians have uncharacteristically wobbled. And on Saturday they welcome a Borussia Monchengladbach team struggling for form and with a distracted leader.

Leipzig fans will be looking towards Munich for their Bundesliga 2021 updates earlier on Saturday when FC Bayern host Cologne, who are fighting hard to pull away from the relegation battle.

And it will be a big “if” for the strugglers if they can take something away from the league leaders, and then it will be game on!

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Goals are everywhere in Leipzig’s team 

Here at SBOTOP, we’ve been watching Red Bull closely in recent weeks. And while our Bundesliga 2021 betting odds still back FC Bayern at 1.06 to win the title, Nagelsmann’s side have dropped rapidly to a realistic option at odds of 7.00.

Early in February we said Die Bayern still had plenty of work to do and at that stage they were seven points clear, but Red Bull have been relentless in their pursuit – winning the last four league games.

Marcel Sabitzer opened the scoring in RB Lezipzig's 0-3 away win vs Hertha Berlin

Marcel Sabitzer in action during RB Leipzig’s match against Hertha Berlin

Champions League setback in a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool was brushed off as Die Roten Bullen took it out on Hertha with a 3-0 victory in Berlin. And after the summer departure of Timo Werner to Chelsea, Nagelsmann will be delighted how his players are all hungry for goals.

Leipzig are certainly sharing the love around with captain and midfield star Marcel Sabitzer is their top scorer with five, while Christopher Nkunku, Yussuf Poulsen, Emil Forsberg, and defenders Willi Orban and Angelino all have four.

The team is in a great position when they don’t rely heavily on one scorer, and wing-back Angelino in particular has been a creative spark since his permanent switch from Manchester City.

As well as scoring freely, Leipzig have been hard to break down with a defence marshalled by Hungarian centre-back Orban keeping 10 clean sheets in their last 15 games and conceding the fewest goals (18) in the Bundesliga.

Die Fohlen must climb back to their feet

The Foals have been stumbling badly in recent weeks without a win in four and languishing down in eighth place, which is nine points behind the Champions League spots and three behind a guaranteed Europa League place.

This time last season, they were in third place and ultimately qualified for the 2020-21 Champions League, but all is not well at the club at the moment.

Head coach Marco Rose has his sights set elsewhere of course, having agreed to join Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season – a move which has angered Gladbach fans and the team seems to have been affected.

Before the recent slump, Die Fohlen were unbeaten in eight matches, winning six.

Champions League clash with Manchester City wasn’t exactly a relaxing way to prepare for this crucial Bundesliga date, and Die Fohlen succumbed to the Sky Blues 2-0.

They did show some ambition against the Premier League leaders but were forced back by Pep Guardiola’s side who are beating all before them.

Two key players can lift the Foals. Club captain Lars Stindl has scored 10 goals, while midfield man Jonas Hofmann is rarely out of the action and has contributed four goals and nine assists this season.

Monchengladbach are unbeaten in seven away games. And if Stindl and Hofmann are on their game, they could push Leipzig hard on Saturday.

History

Red Bull have had the better of the previous meetings. They’ve won five of the nine head-to-head games, drawing three and losing just one, although that defeat was in the earlier clash this season.

Things were looking good for Die Fohlen when the two teams last met in October, and a goal from midfield man Hannes Wolf gave them a 1-0 victory to keep them in the hunt for a top four place. But a lot has changed since then.

Red Bull and Gladbach last met in Leipzig in an entertaining tussle in February 2020.

After Alassane Plea and Hofmann had put the Foals in charge, Red Bull fought back through Patrik Schick. And after Plea had been sent off, Nkunku grabbed a last-gasp equaliser.

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RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 1.86
February 28, 01:30 (GMT+8)

At 1.69, Red Bull are clear favourites to win this game and they should have too much for the faltering Foals who are at 4.36, with the draw at 3.64.

And for a correct score line, 2-1 at 6.76 is the most likely outcome.

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Bundesliga: We Really Have a Title Race On!

Only three games ago, Die Bayern had a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table and despite hammering Koln 5-1 this weekend their lead has been slashed to just two points.

Hansi Flick’s team is still favourite to lift a record ninth successive title, and the way they swept Koln aside, with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry each scoring twice, they look like the mean business. But with a clash against a resurgent Borussia Dortmund next, the champions still have plenty of work to do.

Wolfsburg are still flying high in third place following a 2-0 victory over struggling Hertha while fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt slipped up. At the bottom end of the table things are heating up nicely as five teams battle to avoid relegation.

Die Roten Bullen are going nowhere

Okay, the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds still heavily back a Bavarian triumph come May, but Julian Nagelsmann’s Red Bulls are fighting hard to push Bayern all the way, and they know full well Flick’s men have a huge test in Der Klassiker next week.

Leipzig have quality running right through their team, with the excellent centre-back pairing of Dayot Upamecano and Will Orban making them hard to beat, while they have goals running right through the team. Tricky French winger Christopher Nkunku is a real handful while skipper Marcel Sabitzer leads by example with his box to box play and Die Roten Bullen have a never-say-die attitude.

Leipzig versus Monchengladbach was always going to be an attacking game and with 20 minutes gone, Bayern fans must have been thanking their lucky stars as Die Fohlen raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Jonas Hofmann and Marcus Thuram.

After the half-time break, the Red Bulls roared back and midway through the second period they were level as Nkunku and Yussuf Poulsen struck. That set up a grandstand finish and when Nkunku sent over a 93rd-minute cross, 6ft 4in striker Alexander Sorloth planted his header home to grab all three points.

Die Roten Bullen are going nowhere!

Dortmund beginning to look the part again

After slipping away from the title race and even the top four places, Borussia Dortmund have won three on the bounce in all competitions and had back-to-back league victories to haul themselves back into contention for Champions League qualification.

They sit three points behind Eintracht Frankfurt, whose five-match winning run ended with a 2-1 away defeat to Werder Bremen on Friday night.

Erling Haaland is spearheading BVB in this season's Bundesliga title race this season

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland celebrates following their 3-0 win over Arminia in Bundesliga

BVB followed up a 4-0 victory away to Schalke with a 3-0 home win over Arminia Bielefeld and they are progressing nicely in this season’s cup competitions too. Erling Braut Haaland scored a double as Die Schwarzgelben beat Sevilla 3-2 in the Champions League Round of 16; they will have high hopes of going deeper into the tournament, and are at odds of 9.00 to reach the final.

Haaland has eight goals so far and is the favourite to finish as Champions League top scorer at odds of 3.00, with Lewandowski, four behind but still second favourite at 5.00.

And BVB are still in the Germany Cup at the quarter-final phase, second favourites to win, behind Leipzig, at odds of 3.00 here at SBOTOP

It could still be a very good season for the Dortmunders.

Five clubs in the relegation scrap

Bottom club Schalke lost again, taking a 5-1 drubbing away to Stuttgart and they look doomed, still bottom, still on nine points and nine from safety. But the next five teams directly above them have an almighty battle on their hands.

Between Augsburg up in 13th and FSV Mainz 05 in 17th, there is a six-point gap, and two from five teams will land in the relegation place and play-off spot.

In terms of Bundesliga 2021 results, Mainz are the form side, winning three from the last six to drag themselves back into contention and they could climb out of the relegation zone if they beat Augsburg on Sunday afternoon.

Their opponents have lost four from the last six and, since the arrival of manager Christian Heidel, Mainz have given themselves real hope.

New boys Arminia Bielefeld are in the play-off spot, on the same points as Hertha Berlin who are in freefall, while Koln and Augsburg have a little breathing space but are certainly not comfortable.

A home win for Mainz on Sunday will really throw the cat among the pigeons!

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Bundesliga: Dortmund’s Big Chance to Dent Bayern’s Title Dream

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have been out of Bundesliga championship contention for some time now, but they can still have a big impact on the title race when they take on Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker.

Bayern have had a few stumbles in recent weeks, which has seen their lead over RB Leipzig at the top of the table shrink to just two points.

And now, they host rivals Borussia Dortmund, who have been playing some of their best football of the season in recent weeks. With stars Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland in flying form, Edin Terzic’s side will be eager to put a big dent in the Bavarians’ title aspirations.

But Bayern finally have their key players back after their recent absences, and the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds will have them favoured to continue their recent run of dominance against Dortmund.

Talking Points

Bayern getting healthy again

After a couple of disappointing Bundesliga 2021 results — a 3-3 draw with Arminia Bielefeld and a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt — Bayern Munich have bounced back in impressive fashion.

They thrashed Lazio 4-1 in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg, then crushed Koln 5-1 in the league.

Bayern are finally getting their full squad back after a recent string of injuries and COVID absences significantly depleted their depth.

Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller both returned from their respective layoffs against Koln and played well. Gnabry bagged a brace while Muller supplied his league-leading 11th assist of the season after they came on as substitutes.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski just continues to rack up the goals. He added two more goals against Koln and is now up to 28 goals on the season. With 11 matches remaining in the season, he has a realistic shot at breaking Gerd Muller’s all-time record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season.

Robert Lewandowski remains determined to usher Bayern Munich to Bundesliga glory this season

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in action against Lazio’s Patric during their recent Champions League clash

At the back, right-back Benjamin Pavard is back in training, although it might be too soon for him to start. Niklas Sule has played at right-back over the last few games, but with the magnitude of the match, Joshua Kimmich could be asked to play his old position.

Dortmund still unbeaten since Rose news

Borussia Dortmund have been on fire ever since it was confirmed that Marco Rose would be coming in as their new coach next season. They have won four out of four matches, which includes their DFB-Pokal quarter-final tie against Rose’s Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek.

Jadon Sancho scored the only goal as he continues his recent hot streak. The young English star has six goals and five assists in his last nine games.

Sancho has been playing more on the left wing in recent games, and he could do some damage to the Bayern defence, especially if Sule continues playing at right-back.

Fellow Dortmund wunderkind Erling Haaland has failed to get on the scoresheet in his last two games, but he has still been in equally fine form, scoring eight goals with three assists in his last nine games.

Defensively, Dortmund have kept three straight clean sheets, which is a promising sign. But they still have some injury issues at the back, with defensive midfielder Axel Witsel and centre-back Manuel Akanji out. Left-back Raphael Guerreiro was also subbed out just five minutes into their win at Gladbach and is questionable to play.

History

Bayern have dominated Der Klassiker over the last few years. They have won their last four league meetings with Dortmund and seven of the last eight. They have also scored four or more goals in four of those eight games.

Bayern have been especially dominant at home. The last four Der Klassikers at the Allianz Arena have resulted in 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, and 4-1 wins for Bayern. Dortmund’s last win in Munich came all the way back in 2014.

Bayern won their first match of this season, 3-2. Robert Lewandowski got one of Bayern’s goals as his terrific record against his old club just gets better and better. He has now scored 19 goals in 22 matches against Dortmund in his career.

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Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.00
March 7, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Unsurprisingly, SBOTOP odds still have Bayern pegged as massive 1.62 favourites to win Der Klassiker at home. Dortmund are priced at 4.70, while a draw is 4.20.

While Dortmund have looked promising in recent weeks, it’s still hard not to pick Bayern in this one. As their wins against Lazio and Koln have shown, they are still a force to be reckoned with when they are anywhere near full strength.

With Muller and Gnabry back alongside Lewandowski, they should have more than enough attacking quality to pick up another comfortable home win over their rivals.

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Bundesliga: Gladbach and Leverkusen Searching For Their Plot Twist

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen

It wasn’t too long ago when these two clubs were considered outside title contenders here in the Bundesliga. But after a poor run in recent weeks, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen find themselves in a much different situation.

Both clubs are now desperate to get back on their feet as they go head-to-head at the Borussia Park this weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen sit at the sixth spot of the standings with 37 points while Borussia Monchengladbach are at ninth with 33 points.

February hasn’t been a great month for both sides since they have been overtaken by the likes of VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund, and Eintracht Frankfurt for the coveted European qualification spots.

Saying that a win here will be a shot in the arm is quite an understatement, but that should provide enough motivation for these two teams to try and bring their A-game this Saturday night.

Talking Points

Borussia Monchengladbach are in shambles

The Foals were never the same after receiving the Bundesliga 2021 news that their manager Marco Rose is set for a move to Borussia Dortmund after this term.

Marco Rose was a beloved figure in Borussia Park, which is why the fans and players alike felt betrayed with this development.

The 44-year-old coach led the Foals to a fourth-placed finish last season and has brought them back into the Champions League after a four-year hiatus.

And because of the team’s promising campaign under his tutelage, supporters probably thought that Rose was in it for the long haul to try and bring back the glory days of the 1970’s.

Players may deny that Rose’s impending departure has affected their form, but a month without a win suggests otherwise.

Ironically, their last win dates back to late January when they beat Rose’s future employers in Dortmund via a 4-2 tally. But league defeats against Koln, Mainz, and RB Leipzig followed after that.

Manchester City capitalised on the Foals’ slumping form in their Champions League tie, while Borussia Dortmund showed them the exit door recently in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals.

For Die Fohlen to get back on their feet, their stars need to show up for this big match ahead.

Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea, Jonas Hofmann, and Florian Neuhaus all need to click for them to have a chance.

Bundesliga: Lucas Alario is currently the top scorer of Bayer Leverkusen with 9 goals scored

Lucas Alario in action during Borussia Monchengladbach’s DFB Pokal match against Essen

Bayer Leverkusen need to come out of their shell

Die Werkself may have only lost once in their last four league fixtures, but they need to do a better job in order to secure their Champions League spot by season’s end.

Since their loss against Bayern Munich before the winter break, Leverkusen have been a shell of their former selves as wins are hard to come by.

They have dropped points against Mainz and Augsburg, while they were embarrassed in the Europa League by Young Boys in a 6-3 aggregate.

Things have not gone to plan for a team that had high aspirations prior to this season. While Peter Bosz’s side is disappointed with their recent games, they aren’t necessarily in a worse position than they should be.

History

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen have faced off in 40 games prior to this Saturday.

The visitors have the advantage in the head-to-heads with 20 wins, while the hosts have won nine times along with 11 draws.

We are hopeful that we can get something similar to their previous matchup last November as both teams engaged in a seven-goal thriller.

After two goals from Lars Stindl and one from Valentino Lazaro, Bayer Leverkusen came back from behind through goals from Leon Bailey, Lucas Alario, and Julian Baumgartlinger.

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 2.08
March 6, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The latest Bundesliga 2021 odds here at SBOTOP expect this game to go down the wire this weekend, which is expected since both are desperate to gain points.

Borussia Monchengladbach have the slight edge since they’re priced at 2.58, whereas Bayer Leverkusen are pegged at 2.70 and a draw is at 3.20 in the 1×2 market.

These two teams are evenly matched on paper and it’s hard to rule out a draw. However, I may have to give the advantage for Bayer Leverkusen here since they have the slightly better form.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s problems go way beyond the pitch. And with their head coach having one foot out of the door, the Foals simply lack the inspiration for them to turn around their campaign.

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Bundesliga: Lewandowski’s Treble Destroys Battling Borussia

Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund

Bayern are back at the top of the Bundesliga after winning a pulsating clash against top four chasing Borussia, and ‘you know who’ scored a hat-trick.

Bundesliga: FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund was Die Schwarzgelben’s chance to put a dent in Die Bayern’s title hopes, at the same time as reminding the rest of the Bundesliga just how good they can be. And they made an explosive start as Erling Braut Haaland scored twice before the hosts had settled, but Bayern had levelled by the break as Robert Lewandowski scored two of his own.

The pre-match FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund betting odds had the Bavarians heavily odds on and they pretty much dominated throughout, once they had recovered from BVB’s early assault., but the visitors held out until the 88th minute when Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski broke their resistance.

Red Bull’s 3-0 with Freiburg earlier in the day knocked Die Bayern off the top of the table but usual service has been restored.

Highlights of the game

In a breathless first half Borussia caught their hosts cold and it was Haaland who put the visitors in front, taking a pass from Thomas Delaney, just outside the penalty area and then firing a low shot into the corner beyond the despairing dive of Manuel Neuer.

If that stunned the champions then it was about to get worse.

Erling Haaland has scored 19 goals in 19 games this season in Bundesliga

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring their second goal

With nine minutes on the clock Neuer was beaten by Haaland again, this time the big Norwegian converted a set-up by Thorgan Hazard from close range.

Here at SBOTOP we backed Bayern to take all three points and when they were 2-0 down within the first ten minutes that looked a lost cause, but the Bavarians fought back with ferocity. Marin Hitz made a smart save to stop a Lewandowski header and then when Leroy Sane met a cross from Leon Goretzka his header flew inches wide.

Goretzka then set up Lewandowski, but the Pole was marginally off target and Sane came close again after good work from Joshua Kimmich.

But the goal finally came on 26 minutes when Sane and Lewandowski combined, the former Manchester City teeing up the league top scorer to convert from close range.

The Bayern onslaught continued.

Hitz did well to save a low shot from Kingsley Coman, and when Lewandowski fired an effort over the bar, it looked like BVB might make it to the break ahead. But the visitors’ hopes disappeared when Mahmoud Dahoud tripped Coman, VAR took a look and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Lewandowski lined the spot kick up and made no mistake, hitting the bottom left corner and giving Hitz no chance.

Bayern started the second half as they had finished the first and Kimmich tested Hitz with a long range shot but, after ten minutes of Bayern pressure the game settled into a quieter phase which suited Borussia. Sane and Lewandowski continued to threaten though and they combined well again, on the hour, before the Pole fired just over the bar.

Then Serge Gnabry brought a brilliant save from Hitz when he fired a shot towards the top right corner, and then it was Gnabry again, with ten minutes remaining, who fired just wide after taking a pass from Thomas Muller.

With the clock ticking down the resolute BVB defence made blocks to deny Kimmich and Muller, and it looked like they’d made it, until Goretzka fired home on 88 minutes.

 The relief among the Bavarians was visible, and with the pressure off Lewandowski completed his hat trick with a hammer blow from outside the box.

Key statistics

The FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund highlights from the opening half hour were more than we’d normally see in a full match as the visitors snatched an early two goal advantage before Die Bayern roared back level by the break.

At half time the stats were quite incredible.

Bayern had 14 shots and four on target, while BVB had two shots…and two goals.

While the second half didn’t live up to the excitement of the first, until the closing minutes, the pattern was largely the same as Bayern finished with 27 shots to BVB’s four and nine to three on target.

Lewandowski has a 12 goal lead at the top of the race for the Bundesliga Golden Boot; but it won’t mean a thing to him if Bayern don’t win the league.

What’s next?

We still have a title race on in Germany as Red Bull show no signs of giving up the fight any time soon.

So Bayern need to keep up the pace and they will travel to Werder Bremen with that in mind, before they continue their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Lazio, with a 4-1 lead from the first leg.

Dortmund have a second leg Champions League date with Sevilla hoping to protect their 3-2 lead from the first leg, before they continue their Bundesliga campaign at home to struggling Hertha Berlin.

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Bundesliga: Lewandowski’s Treble Destroys Battling Borussia

Bayern Munich 4-2 Borussia Dortmund

Bayern are back at the top of the Bundesliga after winning a pulsating clash against top four chasing Borussia, and ‘you know who’ scored a hat-trick.

Bundesliga: FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund was Die Schwarzgelben’s chance to put a dent in Die Bayern’s title hopes, at the same time as reminding the rest of the Bundesliga just how good they can be. And they made an explosive start as Erling Braut Haaland scored twice before the hosts had settled, but Bayern had levelled by the break as Robert Lewandowski scored two of his own.

The pre-match FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund betting odds had the Bavarians heavily odds on and they pretty much dominated throughout, once they had recovered from BVB’s early assault., but the visitors held out until the 88th minute when Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski broke their resistance.

Red Bull’s 3-0 with Freiburg earlier in the day knocked Die Bayern off the top of the table but usual service has been restored.

Highlights of the game

In a breathless first half Borussia caught their hosts cold and it was Haaland who put the visitors in front, taking a pass from Thomas Delaney, just outside the penalty area and then firing a low shot into the corner beyond the despairing dive of Manuel Neuer.

If that stunned the champions then it was about to get worse.

Erling Haaland has scored 19 goals in 19 games this season in Bundesliga

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring their second goal

With nine minutes on the clock Neuer was beaten by Haaland again, this time the big Norwegian converted a set-up by Thorgan Hazard from close range.

Here at SBOTOP we backed Bayern to take all three points and when they were 2-0 down within the first ten minutes that looked a lost cause, but the Bavarians fought back with ferocity. Marin Hitz made a smart save to stop a Lewandowski header and then when Leroy Sane met a cross from Leon Goretzka his header flew inches wide.

Goretzka then set up Lewandowski, but the Pole was marginally off target and Sane came close again after good work from Joshua Kimmich.

But the goal finally came on 26 minutes when Sane and Lewandowski combined, the former Manchester City teeing up the league top scorer to convert from close range.

The Bayern onslaught continued.

Hitz did well to save a low shot from Kingsley Coman, and when Lewandowski fired an effort over the bar, it looked like BVB might make it to the break ahead. But the visitors’ hopes disappeared when Mahmoud Dahoud tripped Coman, VAR took a look and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Lewandowski lined the spot kick up and made no mistake, hitting the bottom left corner and giving Hitz no chance.

Bayern started the second half as they had finished the first and Kimmich tested Hitz with a long range shot but, after ten minutes of Bayern pressure the game settled into a quieter phase which suited Borussia. Sane and Lewandowski continued to threaten though and they combined well again, on the hour, before the Pole fired just over the bar.

Then Serge Gnabry brought a brilliant save from Hitz when he fired a shot towards the top right corner, and then it was Gnabry again, with ten minutes remaining, who fired just wide after taking a pass from Thomas Muller.

With the clock ticking down the resolute BVB defence made blocks to deny Kimmich and Muller, and it looked like they’d made it, until Goretzka fired home on 88 minutes.

 The relief among the Bavarians was visible, and with the pressure off Lewandowski completed his hat trick with a hammer blow from outside the box.

 

Key statistics

The FC Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund highlights from the opening half hour were more than we’d normally see in a full match as the visitors snatched an early two goal advantage before Die Bayern roared back level by the break.

At half time the stats were quite incredible.

Bayern had 14 shots and four on target, while BVB had two shots…and two goals.

While the second half didn’t live up to the excitement of the first, until the closing minutes, the pattern was largely the same as Bayern finished with 27 shots to BVB’s four and nine to three on target.

Lewandowski has a 12 goal lead at the top of the race for the Bundesliga Golden Boot; but it won’t mean a thing to him if Bayern don’t win the league.

What’s next?

We still have a title race on in Germany as Red Bull show no signs of giving up the fight any time soon.

So Bayern need to keep up the pace and they will travel to Werder Bremen with that in mind, before they continue their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Lazio, with a 4-1 lead from the first leg.

Dortmund have a second leg Champions League date with Sevilla hoping to protect their 3-2 lead from the first leg, before they continue their Bundesliga campaign at home to struggling Hertha Berlin.

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Bundesliga: No Slip-ups for Bayern in Bremen

Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s title chase heads North on Saturday when Hansi Flick takes his side to Bremen in search of a crucial three points.

Bundesliga Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern is a huge game in the scheme of the 2020/21 German title race, which is closer than it has been in years.

Die Bayern have plenty of work to do to secure a ninth successive Bundesliga. They are top of the table but are only two points ahead of RB Leipzig. Die Werderaner are dangerous customers, though. They are comfortably in midtable, 11 points clear of trouble and not out of the race for a Europa League place.

Head coach Florian Kohfeldt won’t allow his players to head to the beach early; if seventh place is enough to qualify for Europe then they are only five points adrift… and the visitors have no fear of reputation.

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Dangerous Werder

Bundesliga: Josh Sargent is currently the top scorer of Werder Bremen with five goals scored

Josh Sargent in action during Werder Bremen’s match against SC Freiburg

The pre-match Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern betting odds back a Bayern win, but Kohfeldt’s team is in good shape and have recently proved they can stand toe-to-toe with the league’s high-flyers.

Two weeks ago, Die Werderaner inflicted a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, just six days after Frankfurt had beaten Bayern by the same scoreline. Goals from Theodor Gebre Selassie and Josh Sargent ended Frankfurt’s long unbeaten run which had taken them into the top four.

The result showed the character of Bremen, coming back from a 4-0 hammering to Hoffenheim the previous week.

American forward Josh Sargent is joint-top scorer alongside Niclas Fullrug on four goals but the team is not shot-shy, and the resurgent form of the speedy Milot Rashica will give Die Bayern plenty to think about.

But Kohfeldt knows his defence will come under a serious examination from the champions. A back three of Marco Friedl, Omer Toprak and Milos Velijovic did the business against Frankfurt, while Swedish international wing-back Ludwig Augustinsson is also a class act.

Bayern back in the groove

Die Bayern seem to have overcome their recent stutter and come into the game on the back of three consecutive victories, scoring 13 goals and conceding four.

Hansi Flick’s side went on a long winning run to take the league last term and they might need to repeat that form to hold off a relentless Leipzig. Robert Lewandowski has been in brilliant form again and Flick knows he can rely on his Polish hitman.

Lewandowski scored his 31st goal of the season in Bayern’s 4-2 victory over Dortmund and he has the Golden Boot pretty much wrapped up again. Alongside Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry scored a brace in the recent 5-1 demolition of Cologne, while Leroy Sane was on target as Bayern saw off Lazio in the Champions League.

Bremen’s defence has plenty to think about.

History

The Bavarians haven’t had it all their own way in the head-to-head Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern results, although they have won almost two-thirds of the meetings since 1992.

Bayern have won 41 of the 66 clashes while Die Werderaner have won 15 and there have been 10 draws. Last season, Flick’s men did the double with a hard-fought 1-0 win in Bremen and a 6-1 exhibition of scoring in Munich.

But the most recent meeting between the two in November 2020 ended in a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena. Sargent teed up Maxi Eggestein to give the visitors a surprise lead before France striker Kingsley Coman headed home Leon Goretzka’s cross to earn a point.

This could be another tough test for Die Bayern. Bremen haven’t lost in five matches at the Weserstadion and are a far cry from the side which narrowly avoided relegation last term, when they survived in the play-off against FC Heidenheim on away goals.

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Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.75 @ 1.90
March 13, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Here at SBOTOP, we’re confident that Bayern can overcome this tricky hurdle and we’re offering 10.12 for a Bremen victory, 5.40 for a draw and 1.25 a Bayern win.

The hosts have been in good form over the last three games, winning two and drawing one after their defeat to Hoffenheim. In a similar vein, Bayern lost to Frankfurt four games ago, but in the intervening three they have been simply devastating, sweeping away all before them.

With the final run-in approaching, this is their time, and I think we’ll see another ruthless display from the champions.

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Bundesliga: RB Leipzig Vie For Lucky Seven

RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Julian Nagelsmann and his Red Bulls go back home to the Red Bull Arena as they’ll host Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday night.

RB Leipzig will continue their push towards their first-ever Bundesliga title and they have a prime opportunity at their hands if things fall into place.

Die Roten Bullen are placed second in the German top-flight standings with 53 points and they aren’t going nowhere soon. They are winners of six straight games, and that shortened the gap between them and defending champions Bayern Munich to only two points.

Meanwhile, their visitors in Eintracht Frankfurt remain steady at fourth with 43 points. They too have been on a surprising run lately, but they were stopped on their tracks and they’ll be raring to bounce back.

A win here is in order for these two clubs given their respective objectives.

RB Leipzig’s title aspirations are crystal clear. On the other hand, Eintracht Frankfurt will look to strengthen their hold at a Champions League spot.

Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are breathing down their necks and a slip-up cannot happen for Die Adler. But can they put an end to RB Leipzig’s winning streak this weekend?

Read on below as SBOTOP offers the match preview of these two teams. 

Talking points

RB Leipzig had a harsh wake-up call

Die Roten Bullen will have little time to get back on their feet after suffering their latest setback.

The Red Bulls were beaten down in the Champions League by Liverpool, as they were crushed with a 4-0 aggregate.

The shocking thing about their defeat is that they weren’t able to score a single goal in those two matches despite having capable weapons at their disposal. 

All season long, RB Leipzig have done their scoring by committee as nine of their players have contributed at least four goals.

RB Leipzig will need to watch out for Eintracht Frankfurt star Andre Silva on the pitch for upcoming Bundesliga clash

Andre Silva in action for Eintracht Frankfurt during match against VfB Stuttgart at Deutsche Bank Park

Unfortunately for the Red Bulls in this match, their leading scorer in Angelino will have to sit out this game again since he is still nursing his muscular injury.

With him sidelined, the likes of Yussuf Poulen, Christopher Nkunku, Emil Forsberg, and Marcel Sabitzer will be spearheading their attack – which is the fourth-best in the league at 46 goals.

Leading at the back will be the trio of Lukas Klostermann, Nordi Mukiele, and Dayot Upamecano. The three played heavy minutes during their clash against Liverpool which might open an area for Frankfurt to exploit since they might be fatigued.

Andre Silva is killing it for Eintracht Frankfurt 

If there’s one guy who can take advantage of RB Leipzig’s backline, it will definitely be Andre Silva.

The Portuguese striker has filled up the Bundesliga 2021 highlights with his goals and he is placed third behind Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland in the ongoing Golden Boot race.

Silva has been receiving plaudits because of his goalscoring exploits, which is why it’s no longer surprising that several teams in Manchester United, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich have expressed interest in his services.

His asking value would be steep, however, given his ripe age and strong form. And it will be interesting to see on the possible bidding war that might happen in the next few months.

Nonetheless, Eintracht Frankfurt consider themselves lucky to have swooped up the former AC Milan man for a bargain of only €9-M. 

History

Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter is hopeful that his history with Julian Nagelsmann will carry over this Sunday.

The veteran tactician has won four of his last six against Nagelsmann while losing once and drawing once.

His team is hard to beat since they’ve only suffered three defeats this term – with all of them coming away from home.

In their reverse fixture last November, both sides were held to a stalemate as Yussuf Poulsen and Aymen Barkok scored one goal apiece for their respective squads. 

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RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt RB Leipzig Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 1.82
March 14, 22:30(GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds point to a victory for the home side this weekend.

RB Leipzig are priced at 1.77 to win, while Eintracht Frankfurt are pegged at 4.20 and a draw is at 3.75 in the 1×2 market.

After spending all season trying to discover their winning formula, it looks like that RB Leipzig have it all figured out – which explains why they are banging in form as of the moment.

Eintracht Frankfurt, of course, are a dangerous club that can give the hosts major problems. But I may side for the hosts to win because of their stronger form and their superior depth.

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Bundesliga: Advantage Bayern!

FC Bayern remain top of the Bundesliga tonight, after another round in the German top-flight threw up some big results and outstanding performances. Here at SBOTOP we backed Die Bayern to sweep Bremen aside and so they did, strolling to a 3-1 victory.

Second-placed Red Bull lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt who remain in fourth place. Meanwhile, at the bottom end of the table Arminia Bielefeld were the weekend winners, climbing out of the drop zone.

The prolific Robert Lewandowski was on target for the Bavarians yet again to make it 32 goals this season from just 24 games, and he became the German top flight’s joint-second top scorer of all time, joining Schalke’s Klaus Fischer on 268 Bundesliga goals. He has a way to go to catch Bayern and Germany legend Gerd Muller who plundered an astonishing 365 goals in the league.

Bayern took hold of this clash with goals from Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski had already hit the woodwork twice before he poked home the third. Niclas Fullkrug scored a late consolation for well-beaten Werder.

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds are backing the Bavarians, heavily odds on to make it nine consecutive league titles and in this form who would argue against that?

Well, a few people in Leipzig might, but their hopes took a blow on Sunday.

Of all this weekend’s Bundesliga 2021 results Red Bull’s clash at home to Eintracht Frankfurt was the most eagerly anticipated as the clash presented Die Roten Bullen with an opportunity to stay on the heels of the champions. And it looked good, after a cagey first half, for Julian Nagelsmann’s side when they went ahead immediately after the break through Emil Forsberg. Daichi Kamada equalised for Frankfurt and then the visitors withstood an onslaught from Red Bull.

Forsberg came close with a free-kick which whistled past the angle of post and crossbar and Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp made a great save to deny Christopher Nkunku, as Red Bull drifted four points behind Bayern.

Wolfsburg will be hard to shift

Bundesliga: Wout Weghorst scored in the 51st minute of VfL Wolfsburg's 5-0 win against Schalke 04

Wout Weghorst scored VfL Wolfsburg’s second goal against Schalke 04

Die Wolfe have a tight grip on third place in the league table and they were utterly ruthless in a 5-0 destruction of doomed Schalke on Saturday. The visitors, bottom of the table with just ten points helped Wolfsburg on their way when former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi turned the ball into his own net. The defender’s mishap is sure to amuse Gunners fans, many of whom viewed their former player as an accident waiting to happen.

Wout Weghorst scored his 16th goal of the season and Die Wolfe retain a six-point cushion to fifth place and are sure to improve on last season’s seventh-placed finish.

Champions League back on for BVB

Die Schwarzgelben are in the last eight of this year’s European flagship competition after seeing off Sevilla 5-4 on aggregate in their Round of 16 clash. And they have climbed back into top-four contention in the league, thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin. Dortmund were in control of this game throughout and their superiority was rewarded when Julian Brandt opened the scoring and Youssoufa Moukoko added a late second.

Three wins from the last four games have taken BVB up to the fifth place and right back in the hunt for a 2021/22 Champions League spot, which they really need to give incoming head coach Marco Rose a chance of success on the biggest stages in Europe.

Hertha’s Vladimir Darida took an early bath, seeing red for a poor tackle on Marco Reus as the visitors’ day went from bad to worse.

Hertha Berlin in trouble while Arminia have new hope

Defeat to Dortmund left Hertha in a perilous position, in 16th place and now level on 21 points with FSV Mainz, who earned a priceless victory with a 1-0 win over Freiburg as Robin Quaison hit a late winner for Die Nulfunfer.

Things became worse for the Berliners when new boys DSC Arminia Bielefeld pulled off a stunning victory away to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, storming two goals ahead through Ritsu Doan and Masaya Okugawa before Patrik Schick scored a late reply for Leverkusen. That victory meant Bielefeld leapfrogged both Hertha and Mainz into 15th place; and with some momentum building they have given themselves a real chance of earning a second season at the top table.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich to Showcase Their Class Against VfB Stuttgart

Bayern Munich vs VfB Stuttgart

Bayern Munich take on VfB Stuttgart anew in what will be another enticing matchup at the Allianz Arena.

The Bundesliga defending champions may be standing tall over the rest after 25 matchdays, but they know within themselves that there’s still more work to do in order to come away with yet another German top-flight championship.

The Bavarian giants have 58 points but they are only four points clear over a streaking RB Leipzig squad who is just right behind them.

Their visitors in VfB Stuttgart, on the other hand, are steady at the eighth spot with 36 points. Moving up is the main objective for Die Schwaben and an upset here will do the trick.

Bayern Munich got the better of VfB Stuttgart previously after both teams were on undefeated streaks prior to the said game.

Similar to last November, both clubs are coming in here unscathed in their last three league games so something has to give.

Talking Points

Bayern Munich cannot afford to lose

The Bavarian giants are one step closer to their desired destination and they’ll bulldoze anyone who is in their way.

Die Bayern completed their demolition of Lazio in the Champions League to move on to the quarterfinals, while they are unblemished in three straight league games after losing a shocker to Eintracht Frankfurt last February 20.

Robert Lewandowski may have been a constant source of goals and Bundesliga 2021 highlights for the defending champions, but what makes Bayern Munich lethal is when all of their auxiliary players are clicking as well.

Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane have been successful at the wings lately, while Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka are formidable at the midfield.

After battling injuries earlier this season, Alphonso Davies is back to his electric form, while Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez, and David Alaba have been steady at the back.

Along with this game, Die Bayern should also take note of what will happen between RB Leipzig and Arminia Bielefeld this Friday given that the former is favoured to take home the three points.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side is hellbent on winning their first Bundesliga title in team history, which will keep Bayern Munich on their toes for the rest of their campaign.

Can VfB Stuttgart sneak into the European qualification?

Pellegrino Matarazzo is proving to be a success story for VfB Stuttgart as they are aiming for an European qualification this term.

Considering that they are in contention is already quite an achievement in itself especially since this is their first season back in the German top-flight.

Silas Wamangituka has gone six matches without scoring in the Bundesliga for the second time this season

VfB Stuttgart’s Silas Wamangituka in action with Schalke 04’s Sead Kolasinac

However, Stuttgart still have a long way to go since they’ll have to go through the likes of Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern Munich’s backline will have their eyes set on the dynamic duo of Sasa Kalajdzic and Silas Wamangituka as they’ve accounted for 24 goals and seven assists combined.

The scary thing about them is both are under 25 years old, which means that they are just getting started.

A key matchup to look out for is the one between Silas Wamangituka and Alphonso Davies since they are two of the fastest players in the league and both are operating at the same side of the field.

Make sure that you don’t blink for 90 minutes or else you might miss out on either one of these two speed demons.

History

Prior to Saturday evening, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart have locked horns in 46 games.

Die Schwaben have only won nine times, while Die Bayern won 33 matches along with four draws.

In the reverse fixture few months ago, Hansi Flick’s men mounted a huge comeback en route to a 3-1 win.

Tanguy Coulibaly drew first blood for Die Schwaben in the 20th minute. However, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, and Douglas Costa sparked the late rally with one goal apiece.

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Bayern Munich vs VfB Stuttgart Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.75 @ 1.75
March 20, 22:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds here at SBOTOP are quite lopsided in favour of Bayern Munich.

The Bavarian giants are backed to win at 1.24, whereas VfB Stuttgart are pegged at 10.50 and a draw is at 6.00 in the 1X2 market.

VfB Stuttgart can definitely score here with a goal or two. However, their defence will be in for long night given Hansi Flick’s multiple options at the attack.

Fatigue may play a factor here for the defending Bundesliga champions, but I am sure that Die Bayern will come away with another home victory.

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Bundesliga: Basement Battlers Turn On The style As Lewandowski Closes In On Record

Another weekend of Bundesliga highlights with early goals (very early goals), late goals and drama as a big beast flexed his muscles and the basement battlers upset the odds.

Indeed, the battle to beat the drop is proving more exciting than any race at the top end of the table.

Robert Lewandowski

When Luka Modric was named the best footballer on the planet in 2018 – ending a decade of dominance from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – this SBOTOP writer disagreed.

Sure, I appreciated Modric as a superb footballer and one who had helped Croatia to the World Cup final that year, as well as win the Champions League with Real Madrid.

But it had been Ronaldo who had almost single-handedly driven Real through to the final, dispatching big beasts Paris St Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route.

Indeed, for me, the only player capable of bringing the Messi-CR7 duopoly to a close was probably a shoo-in last year when the award was not actually presented due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

That man, who helped his club side to a fabulous treble, is my front runner this time around too.

It was always going to take a brave man to stop Bayern Munich from winning another Bundesliga title, inspired by the goals of Lewandowski.

Here was further proof as the Polish international netted a first-half hat-trick as 10-man Bayern thrashed Stuttgart to go four points clear at the top of the summit.

All this after defender Alphonso Davies had been sent off in just the 12th minute.

Lewandowski has now scored 42 times for Bayern this season, 35 of them league goals with eight games remaining.

His 2020/21 tally means he is drawing ever closer to the record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season (40), set by fellow Bayern great Gerd Müller in 1971/72.

His treble here also moved him into outright second place in the Bundesliga’s all-time scoring charts with 271 goals, now three clear of Klaus Fischer. The great Müller may still be some way away in that particular feat (365) but don’t be surprised if the 40-goal scoring record – which has stood for 49 years – is eclipsed before this campaign is out.

Cologne come close

The fact it took a 90th-minute equaliser from the superb young talent Erling Braut Haaland – 33 goals in all competitions this season – to earn a point for Borussia Dortmund at strugglers Cologne should not detract from the home side’s achievement.

For this point could be vital for the relegation-threatened Billy Goats who recovered from falling behind to another Haaland strike to turn the match around with Ondrej Duda and Ismail Jakobs on target.

This was entertaining for the neutrals and means Cologne have now taken four points off Dortmund following their victory at Signal Iduna Park earlier this season.

With matches still to come against three of the four teams below them – Mainz, Hertha and Schalke – their destiny is in their own hands.

Schalke need a miracle

With 12 league matches remaining, Schalke surely have no chance of survival.

Their 3-0 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday teatime means they are still 13 points adrift of Cologne in the relegation play-off place.

If new head coach Dimitrios Grammozis – their fifth manager of the season – can steer the Royal Blues to safety, it will be as a miraculous escape as I have ever witnessed.

With veteran Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has been restricted to 23 minutes of action since returning to the club, nearing fitness, there remains a glimmer of hope.

But it remains a big ask to expect a 37-year-old, who netted 126 times across 240 appearances in blue between 2010 and 2016, to replicate that form.

Remember, Schalke have won just one of their last 42 Bundesliga outings, stretching back to a 2-0 home win over Gladbach in January last year.

If you back them to stay up with Bundesliga betting odds, you could earn a small fortune!

Mainz show it’s all in the timing

It’s never a bad time to move out of the drop zone but surely immediately before an international break really lifts spirits.

From the off at Hoffenheim, they were sharp – indeed it took less than half a minute for the contest to spark into life as Robert Glatzel rifled the ball past Oliver Baumann.

The goal, timed at 26 seconds, was the second-fastest in the league behind Stuttgart’s Orel Mangala (24 seconds) earlier this season.

Then, after the home side equalised, Mainz immediately responded and restored a lead they would not relinquish when Dominik Kohr headed home his first goal for the club, becoming the 100th different goalscorer for them in the Bundesliga.

An important win as the club aims to secure a 13th successive season in the German top flight.

Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin ended their match against Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-0 win

Hertha Berlin players celebrate after scoring against Bayer Leverkusen

Hertha Berlin discover their shooting boots

Three first-half goals, three different scorers, three points – the importance of which was shown by the fact Hertha moved up to 14th place with this victory.

It’s certainly all to play for at that end of the table with just two points between 17th and 14th.

After netting just five times in their past 11 games, how welcome the strikes from Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Matheus Cunha and Jhon Córdoba must have been inside the opening 33 minutes to see off a Bayer Leverkusen side bidding to qualify for Europe once more.

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Bundesliga: When the Immovable Yellow Wall Meets the Unstoppable Eagles

Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt pick up where we left off as they’ll go head-to-head once more in the Bundesliga.

Looking at the German top-flight standings, the Yellow Wall and the Eagles will be fighting for the fourth Champions League spot, making this a must-win match for both sides.

As of this writing, Eintracht Frankfurt have the upper hand as they have 47 points while Borussia Dortmund have 43. Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin are lurking behind them with 40 and 38 points respectively.

Adi Hutter’s side will be eager to widen their gap against BVB, but Edin Terzic’s men will obviously put up some resistance to pull themselves closer.

The Eagles are coming off of a thumping win against Union Berlin, while the Yellow Wall drew level against FC Koln in the last time out.

As international break comes to a close, today, SBOTOP presents to you the match preview of this explosive encounter.

Talking Points

Borussia Dortmund get their key men back

With Erling Haaland probably tired after playing for Norway in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Borussia Dortmund can’t afford to be over-reliant on his goalscoring exploits.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund have not suffered defeat at the Signal Iduna Park under Edin Terzic (4W, 2D)

Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic during their Bundesliga match vs Koln

It is easy to depend on the Norwegian sensation as he has been playing out of his mind lately, and he is now the second leading scorer behind Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga.

Haaland has a prime opportunity to add on to his total this Saturday especially with Robert Lewandowski out for at least four weeks due to a knee injury.

It is unfortunate timing for Lewandowski as he was on his way to break Gerd Muller’s 1972 record for most goals in a single season (40).

Moreover, BVB come into this match confident since they’ll get back some of their key pieces.

Skipper Marco Reus and full-back Raphael Guerreiro are both back in team training after sitting out their last few games.

Reus sat out versus FC Koln due to an ankle bruise while Guerreiro suffered a torn muscle during their DFB-Pokal quarterfinals tiff against Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this month.

Their returns will be big for BVB as they have big fixtures coming up in April, which includes a highly-anticipated Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City.

Only star winger Jadon Sancho is sure to be sidelined for this contest as he is dealing with an injury of his own, but he should be 100-per cent fit in the next week or so.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s forwards are hitting their stride

Eintracht Frankfurt look to match Borussia Dortmund’s firepower with their wealth of attacking options.

Andre Silva is leading the way for Die Adler as he’s placed third behind Erling Haaland for most goals this term.

Alongside him are fellow strikers Max Kruse and Filip Kostic, and both of them will play a huge role in trying to crack the Yellow Wall.

The three of them are brimming in confidence given what happened in their last Bundesliga match.

Silva and Kruse each scored a brace while Kostic added one for himself during their comprehensive 5-2 win over Union Berlin.

Furthermore, Frankfurt also have another capable goalscorer in Daichi Kamada who can put up notable Bundesliga 2021 highlights.

He was the bright spot for Die Adler in their reverse fixture against BVB, and I am looking for him to re-assert himself this weekend.

History

This Saturday’s contest will be the 50th time that these two squads square off in German professional football.

Borussia Dortmund have the big advantage in the overall head-to-heads with 35 wins and they have yet to lose at the Signal Iduna Park against Eintracht Frankfurt in their last nine fixtures.

Overall, BVB are undefeated in six straight games at home and they’ll be looking to match their streak last term (W14).

Die Adler are without a road win for the last two tries here in the Bundesliga.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Borussia Dortmund Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 1.77
April 3, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 odds see Borussia Dortmund as the big favourites to win in this contest.

BVB are priced to win at 1.77, whereas Die Adler are behind at 4.10 and chances for a draw are at 3.85 in the 1×2 market.

Both sides will pour in goals and this game can go either way, but my gut feeling is leaning towards a Borussia Dortmund victory for this one.

Edin Terzic’s side have been in strong form playing at the Signal Iduna Park particularly against Frankfurt, and they will look to take advantage of that as they inch closer to securing a Champions League berth.

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Bundesliga: Lewandowski-less Bayern Face Tough Battle in Leipzig

RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

The fate of the Bundesliga title race is very much at stake when RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich collide for a blockbuster top-of-the-table clash.

The Red Bulls couldn’t have asked for a better time to face Bayern, who will be without injured talisman Robert Lewandowski.

Lewandowski’s absence has shifted the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds significantly as Leipzig look to cut Bayern’s lead to just one point with a win.

But the Bavarians are still a formidable side even without their top scorer and remain capable of stopping the Red Bulls in their tracks.

Talking Points

Leipzig hard to beat in the Bundesliga

RB Leipzig will enter this crucial top-of-the-table clash in terrific form in the league. They are unbeaten in their last eight games, with seven wins and a draw, to keep their title hopes alive.

Although, they have not looked quite as impressive against top opposition. They went two goals down at home against a dysfunctional Borussia Monchengladbach side, although they managed to stage a tremendous comeback capped by a stoppage-time winner. And they drew 1-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leipzig also lost both legs of their Champions League round-of-16 tie with Liverpool, who have had all sorts of problems this season.

Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann’s side should be feeling confident heading into their battle with Bayern. For one, star centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who is set to join Bayern next season, is back fit after missing their last game before the break with a thigh strain.

Meanwhile, Dani Olmo will return in brilliant form after a strong showing for Spain during the international break. The Spanish midfielder scored in his country’s last two World Cup qualifiers, including a last-gasp winner against Georgia.

Wing-backs Angelino and Marcel Halstenberg are still doubtful to play, with the latter coming into close contact with a COVID-19 positive team-mate on international duty. But Leipzig have a number of different wing-back options who can fill in if they can’t play.

Lewandowski loss a massive blow for Bayern

Bayern Munich have been rocked by the massive Bundesliga 2021 news that Robert Lewandowski suffered a knee injury on international duty with Poland and will be sidelined for the next month.

Dayot Upamecano aims to score as RB Leipzig take on Bayern Munich in Bundesliga

Dayot Upamecano in action during RB Leipzig’s Champions League match vs Liverpool

It cannot be overstated how big Lewandowski’s injury is for Bayern. The Pole has been in sensational form this season, scoring 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga games. He is just six goals shy of breaking Gerd Muller’s all-time single-season Bundesliga goalscoring record and has scored in each of his last 10 games for club and country.

The big question now is how Bayern boss Hansi Flick plans to play without Lewandowski. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the only other centre-forward in the Bayern squad and appears to be the most logical replacement.

Although, Thomas Muller – who will be fresh and rested after not being called up by Germany – could also be deployed as a false nine with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane in support. Muller is Bayern’s second-leading scorer with 10 goals and has a league-leading 14 assists. Meanwhile, Gnabry started all three World Cup qualifiers for Germany, scoring a goal and getting two assists.

Aside from Lewandowski, Bayern will also be without defenders Jerome Boateng and Alphonso Davies, who are both suspended. But David Alaba and Lucas Hernandez should be more than capable of stepping in.

History

Bayern have a significant 6-1 wins advantage over Leipzig in their limited head-to-heads. However, the Red Bulls have been much more competitive in recent years. They have held Bayern to four consecutive draws in the league.

That includes a thrilling 3-3 shootout in their first meeting this season at the Allianz Arena. Thomas Muller bagged a brace, including a 75th-minute equaliser after Leipzig had gone 3-2 ahead.

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RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich 1X2 Draw @ 3.30
April 4, 00:30 (GMT+8)

Despite Lewandowski’s injury, SBOTOP odds still have Bayern Munich installed as slight 2.49 favourites over RB Leipzig, who are priced at 2.72 to pick up an important home win. A draw is 3.35.

Based on their recent history, it would not be a surprise if Bayern and Leipzig do draw for the fifth straight time.

A draw would certainly benefit Bayern more, and the fact that Lewandowski is out could see them play a more conservative style away from home. Meanwhile, Leipzig have had their problems scoring against top opponents, and they could find Bayern harder to break down.

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Bundesliga: Another Big Night Ahead In Berlin

Union Berlin vs Hertha BSC

What could be better than Easter Sunday in Berlin? There is no finer sight than one of Europe’s historic cities thronging with activity in the night sky.

It’s a distant dream at the moment as Europe is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic but hopefully those days will return before too long.

In the meantime, life still goes on and the East West Berlin Derby is the event of the weekend in Germany’s capital city.

The match between Union Berlin and Hertha BSC will hopefully become an established fixture in the Bundesliga.

But while Union are more than comfortable in their second season in top-flight, Hertha are in danger of dropping through the trapdoor.

The Stadion An der Alten Forsterei is the largest single-purpose stadium in the German Capital, but it will be strangely quiet on Sunday evening.

We neutrals will hope for a positive result for Hertha so that we can witness a packed stadium for this fixture in 2021/22.

Whether Union fans see it the same way, your guess is as good as mine!

Talking Points

Union’s European dream

After finishing their first ever season in the top-flight in a creditable 11th position, Die Eisemen have even higher ambitions this term as head coach Urs Fischer has guided them to the fringe of the European places.

Currently in seventh position and just two points behind free-falling Bayer Leverkusen, there will be no sentimentality when they welcome their near neighbours on Sunday.

The Eisemen have a strong home record this season with just one defeat among five wins and seven draws, and that’s the kind of solid record which may just see them in the Europa League next term.

Veteran striker Max Kruse has been a surprise hero for the East Berliners as the 33-year-old former Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg striker has bagged 10 goals from 15 games and four assists.

He was on target in Union’s recent home win against Cologne and scored a brace when they were hammered 5-2 by Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.

6-foot-3 centre-back Marvin Friedrich is a strong presence in defence and attack. The 25-year-old has four goals to his name and is a real danger from set pieces.

Hertha captain Vladimir Darida remains suspended and will not feature in their Bundesliga game vs Union Berlin

Czech Republic’s Vladimir Darida after the World Cup Qualifiers Group E match vs Wales

Pal’s return might just save Hertha

This has been a season to forget for Hertha Berlin but the return of an old friend might just make it a happy ending.

After a successful four-year stint as Hertha manager, Pal Dardai left the club in June 2019.

In the 18 intervening months until his return in January this year, four head coaches have been and gone, including Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruno Labbadia – who oversaw Hertha’s slide into the relegation mire.

A recent defeat to Borussia Dortmund left Hertha dangling precariously in 16th place. But here at SBOTOP, we reckon they have just enough to climb away from trouble.

That loss was sandwiched by two big wins. They scored a 2-1 victory over Augsburg, and just before the international break, Hertha beat Leverkusen 3-0 doing their city rivals a big favour.

The pressure has been piling on Hertha, particularly as Mainz recorded their fifth win in nine games with a victory over Hoffenheim. But Hertha responded well as Deyovaiso Zeefuik opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock.

Vladimir Darida was in action for the Czech Republic over the international weekend and he will be a big player if Hertha are to haul themselves away from trouble.

Darida will certainly want to see fellow striker Krysztof Piatek get back on the Bundesliga 2021 highlights reel to add to his six goals.

History

Union Berlin was formed under its current name in 1966. And following unification in 1990, the Eisemen climbed the ladder – playing in Bundesliga 2 from 2009 until their promotion in 2019.

In contrast, Hertha have been a long standing fixture in the top-flight and are twice winners of the Bundesliga on both occasions in the 1930s and they finished 10th last season – a place above their city rivals.

Hertha have had the better of the previous results. They’ve won four of the previous eight meetings and drawn two, while Union have enjoyed two victories.

Last season’s fixture on Union’s home turf ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts as Sebastian Polter’s 90th minute goal sparked more celebrations in the stadium after the game had been halted by the crowd throwing flares earlier in the second half.

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Union Berlin vs Hertha BSC Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.88
April 05, 00:00 (GMT+8)

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds back the hosts at 2.44 with Hertha at a price of 2.81 and the draw at 3.02.

Hertha haven’t won in nine away games and Union’s home form won’t give the visitors much comfort.

But Hertha are back on song since the arrival of Dardai and this should be a battle royale!

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Bundesliga: Bayern Are in Seventh Heaven

FC Bayern have moved seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with just seven games left to play after landing a crushing blow on challengers RB Leipzig in the European match of the weekend.

Both Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt won on Saturday to further cement their top four places while, at the bottom end of the table, the tension is rising as the teams scrap for points and survival.

Bavarians have nerves of steel

Even without the injured Robert Lewandowski, Bayern managed to see off the challenge of their closest rivals at the Red Bull Arena thanks to a 38th-minute strike by Leon Goretzka which flew into the top corner after good work from Thomas Muller.

This was always going to be Bayern’s biggest test of recent weeks and the Red Bulls came out flying in the second half to try to keep the title race alive.

Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Sabitzer and Dani Olmo were all agonisingly close with their efforts, but David Alaba and Lucas Hernandez stood firm at the heart of the Bayern defence while keeper Manuel Neuer had a relatively comfortable afternoon.

Die Roten Bullen dominated long periods of the game with more possession and more shots, but the telling statistic is that only two of the hosts’ 14 shots were on target, while Bayern hit the mark with five of their nine efforts on goal.

This was a classic away victory and the reigning champions proved they can cope just fine without their top scorer.

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds say Hansi Flick is about to lead his team to a record ninth successive Bundesliga title and there’s no way I’m going to bet against that!

Dortmund cut adrift by Frankfurt

Of all this week’s Bundesliga 2021 results, Borussia Dortmund’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Signal Iduna Park was quite possibly the most important.

The 2-1 loss to Eintracht meant that Dortmund have drifted seven points behind the Champions League spots. Had the hosts won, the gap would have been reduced to a single point; such was the magnitude of this result.

Andre Silva breaks the equaliser to lead Eintracht to a 102 win over BVB in Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt players celebrate after Andre Silva scored their winning goal against Borussia Dortmund

After Nico Schulz put through his own net to give Frankfurt a lead, Mats Hummels equalised before the break. But Portuguese hitman Andre Silva found space to head in a late winner. That makes it 22 for him on the season, a tally which takes him above BVB’s Erling Braut Haaland into second place behind Lewandowski in the Bundesliga top scorers list.

Die Schwarzgelben are still in the Champions League and have a mouth-watering clash against the SBOTOP competition favourites Manchester City looming. But this defeat to Eintracht has made it all the more difficult for BVB to keep hold of Haaland, with the Sky Blues one of a number of clubs tracking the Norwegian striker.

Third-placed Wolfsburg had to work hard to beat Cologne, and they were held at bay by the strugglers until the 69th minute when top scorer Wout Weghorst teed up midfield ace Josip Brekalo to fire low into the corner.

Cologne gave this game all they had, with a good share of possession and nine shots to high-flying Wolfsburg’s 12, and if they can become more clinical in front of goal they will give themselves a decent chance of survival.

Relegation fight will go all the way

But it’s very tight at the bottom of the Bundesliga table with just two points separating FSV Mainz 05, in 14th place, from 17th-placed Arminia Bielefeld.

Mainz and Bielefeld drew 1-1 in a tense affair. After a goalless first half Daniel Brosinski converted a penalty to give Mainz a lead which looked like giving them a crucial three points until Andreas Voglsammer fired a low shot into the corner to hand Bielefeld a deserved share of the spoils.

That point puts Arminia level on 23 with Cologne and the new boys are hopeful of securing a second season at the top flight. And it keeps Mainz, who have been on a superb run, earning eight points from four games, in the relegation mix.

Hertha Berlin makes up the four teams fighting for two places; they are a point behind Mainz and have a tough assignment in the Berlin Derby on Sunday as Union aim for a Europa League place.

Schalke are as good as gone after another defeat, this time a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen which takes them 13 points away from safety.

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Bundesliga: High-Flying Eagles Host Deadly Wolves in Top-Four Clash

Eintracht Frankfurt vs VfL Wolfsburg

The Bundesliga’s marquee match this weekend is undoubtedly the big battle of two Champions League-bound clubs: fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt against third-placed Wolfsburg.

Both sides have had surprisingly strong seasons but in different ways. The Eagles have had one of the highest-scoring offences in the league spearheaded by Andre Silva, while the Wolves have leaned primarily on a league-leading defence for their success.

The Bundesliga 2021 betting odds will be very close as these two teams are evenly matched. But read on below to see who might have the edge in this much-anticipated top-four clash.

Talking Points

Frankfurt still flying high

Eintracht Frankfurt have seemingly secured their spot in the top four after picking up a big 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last weekend. That result leaves the Eagles seven points clear of BVB with just seven matches remaining in the season.

Andre Silva scored the winning goal three minutes from time. The Portuguese striker is now up to second in the goalscoring charts with 22 goals on the season and has been a major reason for Frankfurt’s success.

Filip Kostic, who supplied the assist to Silva’s goal, has been equally crucial to the Eagles’ rise. The Serbian playmaker has contributed four goals and 11 assists this season.

On the other end, Frankfurt have allowed their fair share of goals; they have kept just one clean sheet over their last 13 league games.

But their defence has been able to hold up well enough for them to pick up some fine results over the last few months, the biggest of which was when they defied the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds by beating Bayern Munich at home.

Frankfurt have been outstanding at home all season. They are one of three teams along with Bayern and Wolfsburg to remain undefeated at home (seven wins and six draws in 13) and have won six of their last seven league games at the Deutsche Bank Park.

Wout Weghorst has already scored 17 goals in Bundesliga

VfL Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst scored against Schalke 04

Wolfsburg just keep winning

Wolfsburg’s impressive run of results continues. The Wolves won their third game in a row and ninth in their last 11 games after edging out Koln 1-0 last weekend. The in-form Josip Brekalo scored the winner, his third goal in four games for club and country.

Wolfsburg’s leading scorer, Wout Weghorst, was unable to extend his three-match scoring run, but he did still set up Brekalo’s goal. The 28-year-old Dutchman has been responsible for a majority of Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga 2021 highlights this season with 17 goals and six assists in 27 matches.

Wolfsburg are hardly the most entertaining team to watch. They play quite a conservative style and prefer to grind out results. But no one can deny that they have found a winning formula with Weghorst’s consistent goalscoring and outstanding defence, which has seen them rise up to third in the table.

The Wolves have conceded just 22 goals in 27 games – tied with Leipzig for the best defensive record in the league – and have conceded the third-fewest shots.

With the threat Eintracht Frankfurt’s forwards pose, Wolfsburg will likely be even more careful and disciplined defensively. But despite their primarily defensive approach, the Wolves usually find a way to score away from home. They’ve done so in all but one of their 14 away matches thus far and have won five of their last six away from the Volkswagen Arena.

History

Wolfsburg have had the upper hand in their recent head-to-head matchups with Eintracht Frankfurt. The Wolves have a 12-5 edge in wins over their last 26 league meetings, with nine draws.

Wolfsburg came out on top in their first meeting of the season. Weghorst scored twice, including the winner in the 88th minute, as they came from behind to win 2-1.

Curiously, Wolfsburg’s win was the first by a home side between the two clubs in their last eight meetings. The away side had won six of the previous seven games, with Wolfsburg winning at the Waldstadion on four of those occasions.

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs VfL Wolfsburg 1X2 Draw @ 3.55
April 10, 21:30 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have Eintracht Frankfurt as very slight 2.35 favourites at home over Wolfsburg, who are priced at 2.77 to pick up another away win. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.55, and that is the result I am leaning toward.

This match looks like it has all the makings of a stalemate. For one, the two sides have drawn a combined 20 of 54 games this season, which indicates that they are not opposed to sharing the spoils.

Moreover, neither has much incentive to risk a defeat. Their top-four spots are fairly comfortable at the moment, so a point apiece would suit both parties quite well.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich to Start Life Without Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin

The next few weeks will determine Bayern Munich’s fate when they’ll have to carry on with a depleted lineup.

Despite being seven points clear over the rest, the defending Bundesliga champions cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to retain their crown.

Their visitors in Union Berlin are fresh from a draw in the Berlin Derby last weekend. They may be only at seventh place with 39 points as of this writing, but they are certainly capable of springing an upset every now and then.

With Bayern Munich ailing, Urs Fischer’s men smell blood and they’ll aim to capitalise by grabbing three valuable points on the road.

The SBOTOP betting odds point for the hosts to come away with a win. But looking at what happened in their reverse fixture last December, it will definitely won’t be easy for the Bavarians even if they are complete.

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Bayern Munich are dealing with COVID-19 and injury woes

The loss of Robert Lewandowski was clearly felt when they were defeated at home in the last time out.

PSG came in and avenged their finals loss last season as Kylian Mbappe’s brace and Marquinhos’ 28th-minute goal was enough to subdue the Bavarians in their quarterfinals tie of the Champions League.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller scored one each for consolation, but they could’ve scored more if Lewandowski is healthy.

Other than Lewandowski, who is out due to a knee injury and is without a timetable, Bayern Munich’s attacking depth will take a hit since Serge Gnabry tested positive for the coronavirus just the other day.

Meanwhile, Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka had to come off against PSG as Hansi Flick confirmed that the two suffered knocks as well.

With their key players not being spared by injuries and COVID-19, perhaps this is the biggest challenge that Hansi Flick will face as Bayern Munich’s manager.

There’s still hope since they can still come back against PSG in their Champions League tie and this game against Union Berlin is considered winnable as well.

Flick is hopeful that Jerome Boateng and Alphonso Davies will give them a jolt against Die Eisernen as both are expected to start since they came off the bench against PSG.

Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are going to have to shoulder the load offencively, while Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala should feature in the midfield assuming Leon Goretzka misses time.

Fellow contenders are going to cheer for Union Berlin

With Bayern Munich holding a seven-point lead, RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Borussia Dortmund will be rooting for Die Eisernen to win.

RB Leipzig are the closest to the Bavarian giants and assuming they’d win against Werder Bremen, Julian Nagelsmann’s side is going to be only four or five points adrift.

Union Berlin’s recent Bundesliga 2021 results, however, don’t offer much encouragement since they’ve only won once in their last five league games.

Union Berlin set their sights for the Europa League qualification spot when they take on Bayern Munich in Bundesliga

Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer giving instructions from the touchline during their match against Koln

Lower-tier teams Arminia Bielefeld, Hoffenheim, Hertha BSC, and Schalke managed to draw against them while they were annihilated by Eintract Frankfurt with a 5-2 score.

Die Eisernen’s European dream is still within reach but consistency from everyone will be much needed.

Max Kruse is Bayern’s biggest threat with 10 goals and five assists, but he will need significant contributions from fellow forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Robert Andrich.

History

Prior to this weekend, the Bavarians have the big advantage in the head-to-heads with three wins along with the one draw.

The said draw happened during their reverse fixture last December as Grischa Promel and Robert Lewandowski exchanged one goal each for a 1-1 tally.

Die Eisernen have yet to win a game in this matchup.

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Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Bayern Munich Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.69
April 10, 21:30 (GMT+8)

Despite being undermanned, Bayern Munich are still seen as the favourites to win this match.

The Bundesliga 2021 odds are favouring to the Bavarian giants to be the victors at 1.43, whereas Union Berlin are priced at and a draw is pegged at 4.40 in the 1X2 market.

Union Berlin can certainly put up a fight as they fight for their European dream, but it will be hard to envision them upsetting the defending champions at their home pitch.

Bayern Munich should have enough quality and depth to gain the win and they’ll be needing every point that they can get in the next few weeks to cement their pole position at the table.

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Bundesliga: Eintracht’s Win Leaves Dortmund Out in the Cold

With six rounds of the 2020/21 Bundesliga to play, Super Saturday threw up some huge results in the races for the title, Europe, and relegation.

In the match of the weekend, fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt won a seven-goal thriller against third-placed Wolfsburg, and even though Borussia Dortmund won to take fifth place, they are still seven points behind the Eagles and with time rapidly running out.

In the other Bundesliga 2021 results of the day, a draw for FC Bayern kept RB Leipzig’s slim hopes of catching the Bavarians alive, though a ninth consecutive league title is still the likely outcome.

There will be some twists and turns to come, so stay with us here SBOTOP as the drama unfolds in the final six rounds.

Frankfurt’s Top Four credentials confirmed

The Eagles cut BVB adrift by beating them last week and this victory over the dangerous Wolves has really put Adi Hutter’s team’s destiny in their own hands. The Austrian-born head coach led Eintracht to a ninth-place finish last season, and they have been in the top four during much of this campaign.

The back-to-back games against BVB and Wolfsburg were sure to test their credentials and the Eagles have passed with flying colours.

On Saturday, the Champions League hopefuls traded blow for blow as Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst made it 2-2 just after the break. Andre Silva scored his 23rd goal of the season to nudge Frankfurt ahead and then Erik Durm made it 4-2 before Wolfsburg grabbed a late goal to set up a tense finish.

The result was a serious blow to Borussia Dortmund’s top-four hopes while they came through a stiff test against VFB Stuttgart to win 3-2. After going a goal down, Jude Bellingham and Marco Reus put die Schwarzgelben in charge. They were pegged back by a Daniel Didavi goal, rounding off a lightning Stuttgart break, but Ansgar Knauff kept his cool to score a late winner.

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Marco Reus scores Borussia Dortmund’s second goal against VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

BVB’s chances of making the 2021/22 Champions League are shrinking fast, and they have an uphill battle in this year’s European competition, hoping to overturn a first-leg deficit in their quarter-final tie against tournament favourites Manchester City.

Failure to qualify for Europe’s premier competition will make it harder for BVB to hold on to Erling Braut Haaland and a rebuilding job may be required at Signal Iduna Park.

Berliners are battling

FC Union Berlin kept their Europa League hopes on track with a battling 1-1 draw away to FC Bayern, a result which ended die Bayern’s winning run and kept the title race alive.

Without the injured Robert Lewandowski and the COVID-sidelined Serge Gnabry, the Bavarians lacked a cutting edge and had to wait until the 68th minute to go ahead when Jamal Musiala was on hand to fire them in front from a corner.

But despite having 14 shots on goal, the league leaders only managed two on target and they were made to pay when Berlin’s Marcus Invargtsen pounced to score a late equaliser from close range.

Union’s city neighbours Hertha Berlin are in a relegation fight, particularly after Arminia Bielefeld climbed out of the bottom three with an impressive victory over SC Freiburg on Friday night.

Hertha came from behind twice to earn a point with a 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was a scrappy affair; Jhon Cordoba had to wait for a VAR review to confirm his equaliser and Hertha played the majority of the game against 10 men after die Fohlen’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer saw red for taking out Cordoba with just 13 minutes on the clock.

Hertha are a single point above in-form FSV Mainz, currently in 16th and with a winnable game away to 17th placed Koln on Sunday.

The nerves are beginning to shred in Berlin.

Red Bulls haven’t given up quite yet

Bayern’s draw with Union Berlin kept the door slightly open for Leipzig and they responded with a thumping victory over Werder Bremen to cut the gap at the top to five points.

After Dani Olmo had given the Red Bulls an early lead, 25-year-old Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth was on target twice. Bremen pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before captain Marcel Sabitzer made it 4-1.

It was a clinical display by Leipzig, who dominated possession and had Bremen chasing shadows for much of the game. The hosts won the shot count by 12 to eight but Red Bull were ruthless in front of goal, with four shots on target and each one counting, while Werder were limited to speculative efforts and a spot-kick.

Against a decent mid-table side this was a convincing display and one worthy of a side chasing a first league triumph.

For sure, the Bundesliga 2021 betting odds have Die Roten Bullen nailed on for second place, but while they are still in the race and, with Lewandowski’s progress in doubt, Julian Nagelsmann’s chasers will not yet concede the title.

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