The Bundesliga is reaching the final stage of the season with just 10 game weeks left to decide who will lift the 2019-20 title. Bayern Munich opened up a three-point lead over RB Leipzig last weekend, but just six points still separate the top four.
Last weekend’s games were marred by interruptions and delays due to fan protests and neutrals will be hoping that it will be on-field action making headlines this week rather than provocative banners and chants.
Bundesliga Player of the Weekend – Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund
The Borussen Derby is always one of the most hotly-contested games in the Bundesliga calendar, and this one has the extra spice of two teams battling for the title. Third travel to fourth on Saturday, with Gladbach also having a game in hand on their rivals.
However, form is definitely on Dortmund’s side as they have won all nine of the last nine league encounters between the sides. History also indicates that this match should bring goals, as it hasn’t finished in a scoreless draw since 1994!
Jadon Sancho has had a hand in a goal in all of his last nine league games for Dortmund, but Gladbach have their own in-form attacker as Lars Stindl comes into this match on the back of a two-goal and one-assist performance against Augsburg.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayern Munich have won all but one of their last 10 league games, the only blip in that period was a scoreless draw with second-placed RB Leipzig. They host Augsburg this Sunday and despite having Robert Lewandowski out injured, expect to win with ease.
Joshua Zirkzee replaced the Polish striker in the lineup last weekend and could be set to start once more. Thomas Müller has one eye on the Bundesliga assists record, having provided 16 assists so far this season – four shy of Kevin De Bruyne‘s 2014-15 season.
Jadon Sancho is in the running for top assister this season but in recent weeks a new contender has emerged. Christopher Nkunku now has 12 assists for RB Leipzig and his set-piece potency could be in effect again this weekend as the Red Bulls travel to Wolfsburg.
Timo Werner is a doubt for the match with a muscular problem, but has not been at his best since the winter break with just one goal in six league games.
Paderborn have never scored in the Bundesliga against Köln but will be eager to break that duck in Friday evening’s game. They have also conceded 52 goals this season, second only to Werder Bremen, meaning Köln’s forwards will be keen to improve their statistics for the season.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Lucas Alario – Bayer Leverkusen – £0.87
Bayer Leverkusen’s last four games with Eintracht Frankfurt have produced an aggregate scoreline of 16-2 in favour of Leverkusen.
Kevin Volland remains sidelined for Peter Bosz’s men, meaning Lucas Alario will start up front and will be confident of bagging some goals against a very inconsistent Frankfurt side who will have one eye on next week’s Europa League tie with Basel.