Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 24

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Bayern Munich made plenty of headlines in midweek thanks to their 3-0 demolition of Chelsea in the Champions League, but return to domestic matters this weekend, hoping to hold onto their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Four points still separate the top three, while second plays fifth, making this another weekend of German top-flight action to look forward to.

Match of the Weekend – RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen

Timo Werner continues to be the subject of transfer speculation – even discussing his love of Liverpool in post-match interviews – but that hasn’t impacted his performances. He now has 21 league goals this season, equalling his personal best. He comes up against Bayer Leverkusen this weekend, and Peter Bosz’s no-holds-barred approach usually leads to goals for both teams.

Leverkusen have picked up 15 points since the start of the Rückrunde and are the third best team on the road this season, so this game should be wide open. Moussa Diaby has had a hand in five goals since January and could be Leverkusen’s dangerman.

Rest of the Weekend

Borussia Dortmund have not lost any of their last 17 Bundesliga meetings against Freiburg, and don’t expect that to change this weekend, especially as Lucien Favre’s side are at home. They’ve also set a club record by scoring in every one of their last 36 home games. Jadon Sancho could be the key man again and has provided either a goal or an assist in every Bundesliga game since the winter break.

Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt will play against each other for the 100th time in the Bundesliga this weekend, with Frankfurt winning 35 of those matches – their most wins against a single side. However, recent form is against them, having failed to win any of their last four games against Werder. They also have a terrible record following Europa League games, having lost five games in a row immediately after their Europa League adventures.

Since signing for Köln on loan from Schalke, Mark Uth has been involved in a goal in all five games he has played in. Luckily for his parent club, he can’t play against them this weekend. Köln have been excellent recently, winning six of their last eight games. The only two defeats came to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga Player to Watch: Thomas Müller – Bayern Munich – £1.46

With Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski ruled out for four weeks, Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has to decide who to start up front against Hoffenheim. Serge Gnabry is an option to start at striker, but with Kingsley Coman also injured, the ex-Hoffenheim winger might be needed out wide.

Thomas Müller looks guaranteed to start anyway, but may be chosen to be the central forward on Saturday. He has three goals since the winter break and could add more this weekend.


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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