The penultimate round of German Bundesliga action takes place on Saturday, June 20, and already some matters have been confirmed with Bayern Munich mathematically assured of retaining their title and Paderborn relegated back to the second tier.
But there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the league table, with Champions League and Europa League qualification up for grabs and the battle to avoid relegation reaching its devastating conclusion.
So, who will claim some much-needed points from Bundesliga Gameweek 33?
The race for second
Congratulations go to Bayern Munich, who won a remarkable eighth consecutive Bundesliga title in midweek with victory at Werder Bremen. The champions were floundering at the start of the 2019/20 campaign, but the decision to appoint Hans-Dieter Flick as head coach was an incredibly astute move. They host Freiburg in Gameweek 33 and will be looking to deliver a performance worthy of the champions tag.
That leaves a race for second place, and both Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig will have their eyes on the runners-up spot. Their titanic collision at the Red Bull Arena will surely be an ‘all or nothing’ encounter, and it’s the hosts who will start a narrow favourite in our odds at 2.22.
They have only lost once on home soil all season long, but this exciting young Dortmund team has been buoyed by the signing of the goal-hungry Erling Braut Haaland. Games involving these two teams average more than three goals, and that is a handy indicator of what to expect on Saturday.
The fantastic four
In the German Bundesliga, like many other of the continent’s major leagues, the top four teams go on to qualify for the following season’s edition of the Champions League. With Bayern, Leipzig and Dortmund all but nailed on in the top three, who will make up the quartet?
Perhaps the favourites are Borussia M’gladbach, who benefit from taking on the already relegated Paderborn in Gameweek 33. They boast a slightly better goal difference than nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen too, which could prove vital in the final shake-up.
Leverkusen were back on the winning trail in midweek, and on Saturday they will be hoping to double up against injury-hit Hertha Berlin. The visitors have lost their last three games on the spin, and with nine players either out injured or facing a late fitness test the size of their task speaks for itself. Fourth-placed Leverkusen will be sensing blood, and 1.61 is the price on them to claim a much-needed three points.
The danger zone
Aside from Paderborn, there are two other relegation places in the German Bundesliga – one that results in automatic demotion and the other which leads to the dreaded play-off tie.
Werder Bremen’s hopes of climbing above Dusseldorf were dashed in defeat to Bayern, but they played well despite the result and off the back of a 5-1 win over Paderborn at the weekend they have to be treated with respect. They face an all-or-nothing clash of their own with Mainz in Gameweek 33 – defeat will see them finish in the bottom three. Meaty odds of 2.57 are interesting for a team that has no choice but to win.
Hoping to get the upper hand on Werder will be Dusseldorf, whose current formline is rather mixed but who will have been buoyed by their late heroics at Leipzig in midweek. However, they have only won four games at home all season, and Saturday’s opponents Augsburg can – on their day – be a tricky proposition.
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