Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 22

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Bayern Munich missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga last weekend, meaning the cat remains well among the pigeons in Germany’s top flight.

Just four points still separate the top four in Germany, with all four teams having favourable fixtures this weekend to keep the title race as hot as ever.

Match of the Weekend – Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund have more Bundesliga wins against Eintracht Frankfurt than over any other team (44 wins from 93 games), but head into this weekend’s opening fixture on the back of a disappointing 4-3 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

Erling Haaland‘s scoring streak ended last weekend, but he will be looking to bounce back against Frankfurt, who like Leverkusen, enjoy direct attacking football. This game could be another high-scoring fixture, and if it is, Haaland could return to the scoresheet.

Dortmund’s 18 goals to start the Rückrunde equals the best-ever scoring start after the winter break, but they still have huge problems in defence. Their 32 goals conceded at this stage of the season is their worst record in over a decade. That looks promising for Frankfurt, where Filip Kostic and Timothy Chandler are in brilliant form on the wings.

Rest of the Weekend

Hertha Berlin begin life post-Jurgen Klinsmann at Paderborn after the former U.S. national team boss stepped down via Facebook post this week. Hertha will be boosted by the arrival of forward Matheus Cunha, who has joined up with the team after helping Brazil U23s qualify for the Olympics with five goals in five games. Krzysztof Piątek will start up front, having scored on his first start for the club last weekend.

Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg has historically been a high-scoring affair, with 81 goals in 23 ties between the sides (3.5 goals per game on average). Wolfsburg have a new system under Oliver Glasner, and have been creating plenty of chances in a sort of Christmas tree formation. William picked up an injury last weekend which could rule him out for the weekend, meaning Kevin Mbabu is likely to be their roving right-back for the rest of the season.

RB Leipzig have won every home game they’ve played against Werder Bremen. The Red Bulls recorded a deserved draw with leaders Bayern Munich last weekend, and should have more than enough to pick up three points against Bremen. Timo Werner has gone three games without a goal, but could return to the scoresheet with at least one goal on Saturday.

Player of the Weekend: Florian Neuhaus – Borussia Mönchengladbach – £0.95

Gladbach coach Marco Rose singled out Florian Neuhaus before their trip to Fortuna Düsseldorf, and he should play a key role this weekend: “We know the quality that Florian Neuhaus has and his potential. His technical ability and understanding of the game helps us, but he’s working to be more physical. He’ll no doubt play on Saturday.”

The 22-year-old midfielder has risen in Football Index recently thanks to a goalscoring cameo against Mainz and then a return to the starting XI against Leipzig the following week. He provided nine assists last season and recent form indicates that he can start providing plenty of helpers in the Rückrunde to reach that tally again.

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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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