A huge weekend of action in the Bundesliga gets underway on Friday, as the race for the title heats up. Borussia Dortmund comes into the weekend with a narrow advantage at the top of the standings, but they will likely need to win all remaining matches to hold off the Bayern Munich challenge. Both sides are in action this weekend, while there’s also an eye-catching match in the race for a European spots.
Bochum vs Borussia Dortmund
- Bochum: 9/2
- Draw: 37/20
- Borussia Dortmund: 11/20
The advantage is firmly with Borussia Dortmund in the race for the Bundesliga title this season, as they come into the upcoming round of matches with a one-point advantage at the top of the standings. Dortmund has won two of their previous three, but will likely need a perfect end to season to see off Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s away form would be a huge concern, as they are winless in their last five on the road in all competitions. They have also allowed at least two goals in each of their previous five in all competitions for the first time since 2007. But, Bochum has lost four of their previous five at home, and there is a sense that Dortmund’s quality should get them over the line this weekend.
Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin
- Bayern Munich: 1/7
- Draw: 8/1
- Hertha Berlin: 17/1
Bayern Munich find themselves in unfamiliar territory at this stage of the season, as they are playing challengers in the race for the title. They come into this fixture having failed to win in two. Meanwhile, Hertha will be battling for points at the opposite end of the standings, as they are five points from safety after losing their previous three.
Bayern’s record in this fixture deserves all the respect, as they are unbeaten in 27 matches against Hertha in Munich. Thomas Tuchel’s record since taking over isn’t the strongest, as they have won just two from seven in all competitions, but it is incredibly hard to overlook the Bavarian giants with home advantage against a Hertha side that have struggled in recent months.
Union Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen
- Union Berlin: 39/20
- Draw: 24/10
- Bayer Leverkusen: 29/20
It looks set to be a competitive end to the season in the race for European spots in the Bundesliga. Union Berlin currently sits third in the standings, but they could drop down a place this weekend if they are beaten. Meanwhile, Leverkusen could move to within three points of the Champions League spots if they can pick up a fifth win in six matches this weekend.
Union’s record in competitive matches against Leverkusen should be examined this weekend, as they have won just once in 10 fixtures. However, they are now unbeaten in 20 home matches in the league. Leverkusen is unbeaten in 13 competitive fixtures, and they have won 29 points from 14 games this calendar year. Leverkusen’s excellent recent run of form is hard to overlook this weekend, and we expect them to claim victory to enhance their top four chances.