Hostilities will resume in the German Bundesliga after the unprecedented break that befell football no thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so fans should have a good reason to smile again after all.
A close look at the match day 26 fixtures for this, unarguably throws up a number of interesting battles, ones which will present an aura of value angles for bettors — in all fairness, betting on teams is one that have been sorely missed.
While Borussia Dortmund’s meeting with Schalke 04 in the Revierderby represents somewhat of a banana-skin to the hosts chances of maintaining their toe-to-toe match with Bayern Munich in the race for the top-flight crown, the fight to beat the drop will intensify at Merkur Spiel-Arena, as Fortuna Dusseldorf and Paderborn try each other for size. Champions elect, Bayern are away to Union Berlin on Sunday, RB Leipzig and Freiburg go to war at the Red Bull Arena and Augsburg will have their works cut out when they welcome Wolfsburg.
So without further ado, BetClever presents readers with four things to watch out for as the Bundesliga takes the centre-stage of football yet again.
Dortmund’s attack will prove too much for Die Königsblauen to handle:
Jadon Sancho has hogged the transfer headlines for much of the break period, and it is increasingly looking the Englishman would sooner rather than later be back in his home country where he has worn many illustrious admirers.
Alongside Erlin Braut Håland and Marco Reus, the trio has contributed to a combined 55 top-flight goals between them ( 34 goals, 21 assists), so you quickly get the impression it’s almost certain to get messy for Schalke who were without any win in their last six competitive games before football was called off.
With Dortmund still just four points off the pace in the title race, there is still optimism for Lucien Favre’s side with as many as nine games left to play. So expect Sancho, Håland and even Thorgan Hazard to make the most of the chances that fall their way come Saturday.
Can Fortuna Dusseldorf avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth?
The fixture schedule do not look precisely kind for Uwe Rösler’s side but a cursory look and forecast at how the rest of their games could pan out seems to juxtapose they might just beat the drop.
Sitting in 16th, the last of the drop zones in the division and five points adrift of 14th placed Augsburg, they would need to hit the ground running right away and what better way to start off their bid for survival than a home date with rock-bottom Paderborn.
Hot favourites to cart home all three points here on Betclever at odds of 11/10, win that match and the gap to Mainz 05 who travel to FC Köln on Sunday narrows down to just a solitary point. That will significantly shit the pressure off them and shape them up finely for the rest of the remaining games.
An away clash at Bayern Munich on a Friday night at the tail end of the month can be tricky, and alongside the meetings with Dortmund and Leipzig in June are the only big threats they face. But then, they might have pulled clear by the time these games come around.
Throw in the fact that it’s a home game with Augsburg and a final day trip to Union Berlin that lie in wait in their last two and maybe, just maybe, it could be that Die Flingeraner get the taste of top-flight football again next season.
The fight for a Champions League slot is well and truly on:
Going into Saturday’s resumption, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach are separated in the top four of the standings by a solitary point while Bayer Leverkusen in fifth are a further two behind them.
That leaves wiggle room for error for these three particularly, as they make the final push to gate-crash the Champions League. All three of them looked in very decent forms before the league’s enforced hiatus in March, but things will reach a head when the latter two face off on Friday 22nd.
On the final day of the league season, Leipzig will travel to Augsburg, while Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach are at home to Mainz and Hertha Berlin respectively. It’s just about to get more interesting!
Will Florian Kohfeldt save his job at Werder Bremen?
Perhaps, Florian still thinks he is the right man for Bremen. But the results have hardly backed up even the solidarity he has been shown at Weserstadion. Club’s sporting director Frank Baumann might have been effusive in his backing of the 37-year-old in early February, but the state of things could change if he fails to turn around his side’s dismal form.
But for a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin just before the suspension of the league, Die Werderaner would have lost all of their last six league games and thus sit 17th, just two points adrift of basement team Paderborn — that’s exactly how precarious the situation really is.
At 1.50 odds on Nicer Odds, Florian is the favourite for the next Bundesliga manager to face the sack.
That said, it is Leverkusen who they face on Monday evening, and possibly could be occupying the bottom of the table by the time the ball gets rolling for this one.
Freiburg, Frankfurt, Paderborn, Mainz and a final day home date with Köln look winnable games, but Florian should know he has these nine games to try and save not just Bremen from relegation but of course his job at the club.