Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 15

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With just three matchdays left until the winter break, the battle for the Bundesliga continues to be entertaining. After 14 games of the 2019-20 season, Bayern Munich find themselves in seventh position, seven points adrift from top spot.

As a result, the race for first is wide open. Borussia Mönchengladbach hold onto top spot, but just by one point over RB Leipzig. Borussia Dortmund are five points behind Gladbach and only two points separate third from seventh, with three teams locked on 25 points. 

Match of the Weekend – Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen

After losing two Bundesliga games in a row, Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in midweek against Tottenham Hotspur. Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry were both rested with Bayern already qualified for the knockout stage, meaning both should be fresh to face Bremen on Saturday. Kingsley Coman was forced off with a knee injury and is unlikely to be back until after the winter break.

Bayern have won their last 17 Bundesliga games against Werder Bremen, with Thomas Müller featuring in many of those matches. He has nine assists already this season, making him only the third player in Bundesliga history to reach that tally after 14 games (Kevin De Bruyne was the most recent in 2014). Werder have not kept a clean sheet in 15 league games, so Bayern will look to expose their backline again.

Rest of the Weekend

Augsburg have won three and drawn one of their last four games and kick this weekend’s action off with a trip to Sinsheim to face Hoffenheim on Friday. However, Friday games have not been kind to Augsburg, with just one win in their last 18 matches on a Friday. Florian Niederlechner will be Augsburg’s key man, having scored in three successive games. The forward has had a hand in half of the club’s goals this campaign, with seven goals and three assists.

Marco Reus sits fourth in the Bundesliga top scorers chart for this season, but all eight of his goals in 2019-20 have come at home. He will hope to end that unusual run as Borussia Dortmund travel to Mainz. Jadon Sancho became the second-youngest player ever to reach 20 Bundesliga goals, and Reus and Sancho look to have rediscovered their form of last season heading into the winter break.

RB Leipzig have a chance to go top this weekend if they can get a better result than Borussia Mönchengladbach and will look to pick up all three points at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Timo Werner is the first German player in 40 years to have at least 15 goals after 14 matchdays and is closing in on Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Torjägerkanone.

Bundesliga Player to Watch – Martin Hinteregger – Eintracht Frankfurt – £0.78

Martin Hinteregger‘s stock continues to rise after a strong start to the season for Frankfurt. The defender is used as part of Adi Hütter’s three centre-backs and thus is allowed roam forward with and without the ball.

As a result, he has five goals already this season – the most of any defender in Europe’s top five leagues.

 

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Ronan Murphy is a social producer for Goal.com, where he looks after their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as providing written features on the Bundesliga and FIFA. He also appears regularly on radio and television, including talkSport and LoveSport in the UK, talking German football while constantly sharing his strange obsession with super-striker Sandro Wagner.

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