Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 26

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Although most European leagues have been suspended for the next few weeks, the people who run Germany’s top-flight (the DFB and DFL) have not yet made a decision about calling off any Bundesliga games. As a result, this weekend’s fixture list will go ahead as planned, but many will be played behind closed doors.

Game of the Weekend – Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke

The Revierderby is always one of the biggest games in the Bundesliga calendar, and despite being played behind closed doors, it promises to be yet another epic encounter. Dortmund are still in the hunt for the Bundesliga title, sitting just four points behind Bayern Munich, while Schalke have bounced back from a disappointing 2018-19 to battle for a Europa League spot.

This is the 180th Revierderby, but recent versions of the fixture haven’t been kind to Saturday’s hosts. Dortmund have won just one of their last eight meetings, but have been a much better side than their local rivals since the winter break. In fact, Erling Haaland has scored more than twice the amount of goals than the entire Schalke team since the start of the Ruckrunde – 9 to Schalkeโ€™s 4!

Rest of the Weekend

RB Leipzig recorded a comfortable victory over Tottenham Hotspur in midweek to reach the Champions League last eight for the first time in their history. They are unbeaten in nine league games and should make that 10 against Freiburg this weekend. Emil Forsberg came off the bench to score against Spurs and could have earned himself a space in the starting XI for Saturday.

Bayern Munich have picked up 31 points from a possible 33 in their last 11 games and now have a four-point lead at the top of the table for the first time this season. They should hold onto that gap with a win at union Berlin and look likely to score plenty as they have bagged at least three goals in each of their last five games on the road. Joshua Zirkzee could start in attack again as Robert Lewandowski is sidelined.

Eintracht Frankfurt lost heavily in the Europa League but will be eager to bounce back in the Bundesliga. Borussia Monchengladbach are not the easiest of opponents currently, and the Eagles have not won any of their last three games with Gladbach. Oscar Wendt could make history with the Foals this weekend as he is just one victory away from becoming the first foreign-born player to win 100 games with the club.

Bundesliga Player to Watch: Paulinho – Bayer Leverkusen – ยฃ1.96

Paulinho became the first Bayer Leverkusen player time score twice on his first start for the club and should continue to start in attack as Kevin Volland is injured.

The Brazilian also provided an assist in the 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and has a tasty tie against struggling Werder Bremen on Monday.


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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