Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 21

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Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga table last weekend, but the race for the title is still wide open in Germany. Just three points separate the top four teams with 14 games to go, meaning this season looks like it could go right down to the wire.

Match of the Weekend – Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig

As the Bundesliga table changes so much every week, this weekend we’ll have yet another top-of-the-table clash as top side Bayern Munich host second-placed RB Leipzig.

A win for Bayern would move them four points clear of their title rivals, and history is on their side as they have an excellent Bundesliga record against the Red Bulls, with four wins and two draws from seven games. Leipzig have lost all of their visits to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern have opened the Rückrunde in brilliant form, with three wins from three and a goal difference of 12-1. Robert Lewandowski has moved clear at the top of the race for the Torjägerkanone with 22 goals, but Timo Werner is still in the hunt with 20 goals so far this season.

The duo are well clear in the race as Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho sits third on 12 goals. This weekend’s game could help decide not only the eventual title winners but also this season’s top scorer.

Rest of the Weekend

Any other weekend, Bayer Leverkusen versus Borussia Dortmund would be the biggest game, but it takes second spot this weekend due to Bayern playing Leipzig. Dortmund are in brilliant form thanks to the all-round game of Jadon Sancho and the accuracy of Erling Haaland, scoring 15 goals in their first three games since the winter break. Haaland is likely to start again this weekend, having marked his first Bundesliga start with two goals to take his tally to seven in three matches. He added another goal in the DFB Pokal in midweek, but Dortmund will be without captain Marco Reus for the next four weeks through injury.

Schalke vs Paderborn is a fixture that has only happened three times in Bundesliga history, but it’s usually a high-scoring affair. This tie promises to be no different, as Paderborn look to escape the relegation zone while Schalke have their eyes on a European spot. Schalke haven’t scored in their last two games, but Paderborn’s counter-attacking style often leaves them open, while the Royal Blues got their act together in midweek to put three goals past Hertha Berlin. Ahmed Kutucu started that game, but is likely to be dropped back to the bench despite a #FreeKutucu campaign gaining traction among their fans.

Munas Dabbur scored twice in midweek for Hoffenheim and could be handed a start as they travel to Freiburg on Saturday. The Israeli striker is still finding his feet since his move from Sevilla, but the two cup goals will give him confidence. He has yet to score a league goal in 2019-20, but netted 20 times in the Austrian Bundesliga last season. Erling Haaland has transitioned perfectly from one to the other, and Dabbur also has the qualities to be a success in Germany.

Bundesliga Player to Watch: Timothy Chandler – Eintracht Frankfurt – £0.34

Since the winter break, Timothy Chandler‘s Football Index price has almost doubled, but is still quite cheap. The American defender has been playing in a new position for the Eagles, getting forward much more often and has scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

Frankfurt take on Augsburg this weekend, so that should provide more goal-scoring opportunities for the 29-year-old.


About Author

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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