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The Bundesliga makes its return on Saturday, with five games at 2:30pm followed by Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach at 5pm.
On Sunday, FC Cologne play Mainz at 2:30pm followed by FC Union Berlin versus league-leaders Bayern Munich at 5pm.
On Monday it is Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen at 7:30pm.
Owing to Covid-19, all games will be played behind closed doors.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke
Sat May 16th, KO 2:30pm
The Dortmund derby catches my eye from the Saturday games.
Borussia Dortmund were in the process of finishing the season well, having won seven of their last eight league matches, their only defeat coming at Bayer Leverkusen (4-3) on February 8th. They are second in the table on 51 points.
Recent acquisition, teenager Erling Braut Håland, had been garnering the headlines with 12 goals in his first 11 appearances for the side, many of them coming from the substitutes’ bench.
However, hot property Jadon Sancho has also had an eye-catching season, which includes 13 goals in his last 18 Dortmund appearances.
Their Revierderby rivals, Schalke, sit sixth in the table on 37 points. They have only lost six of their Bundesliga matches but have drawn ten of them.
They were on a poor run prior to the enforced break, drawing four and losing three of their last seven league matches, in five of which they failed to score.
Dortmund look to be a decent proposition here at 1/2 (as at 9:30pm on Thursday May 14th), even though they will be without Emre Can and Axel Witsel, who picked up muscle injuries upon returning to training.
RB Leipzig v SC Freiburg
Sat May 16th, KO 2:30pm
Despite having lost just three games this season, Leipzig had got into the habit of drawing games, drawing four and winning two of their last six Bundesliga matches.
However, they won four and drew one of their first five league matches this season so could well land running again following the enforced break.
Possible Liverpool target Timo Werner has now scored just once in Leipzig’s last six matches, although he has scored five in his last nine league starts. He, too, might have benefited from the break.
Freiburg are eighth in the table on 36 points and they tend to win or lose (10 wins, 6 draws and 9 defeats in the league this season). They have, however, won just one of their last ten away Bundesliga matches, losing five of them.
Furthermore, they have lost six and won just three of their last eleven league matches, home and away.
They are eminently beatable and Leipzig have every right to be strong favourites.
Leipzig look good for the win. (3/10 as at 9:30pm on Thursday May 14th)
The Monday-night game, Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen, KO 7:30pm, May 18th
It’s good to have some top football to enjoy again on a Monday night.
Werder Bremen have had a torrid season, winning just four of their 24 Bundesliga games so far and losing 14. Their goal-difference of minus-28 tells a tale and, with just 27 league goals scored this season, their problems are obvious.
They are second-bottom in the table and have now won just two of their last 20 league matches, both of them away from home. Furthermore, they have failed to score in seven of their last eleven league matches.
Also, their recent matches show a tendency to let in goals in the final half-hour, with nearly 1.5 goals on average being conceded in the last 30 minutes based on their last five league defeats.
Bayer Leverkusen are fifth in the table on 47 points. They had been finishing the season at a gallop, with 12 wins, one draw and one defeat in their last 14 matches in all competitions.
They scored three-or-more goals in six of the last nine of those games, although clean sheets were tougher to come by, with just two from their last eleven matches.
They have not gone behind within the first half-hour of any of their last eight league away games.
An away win looks good to me. (Bayer Leverkusen were 7/10 as at 9:30pm on Thursday May 14th)
Kai Havertz (5 goals in last eight games) and Moussa Diaby (3 in his last seven) are well able to chip in with goals if you are looking for first-goalscorer options. This match is a DOUBLE THE ODDS on FIRST GOALSCORER BETS match with us – see below
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The treble of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen looks a good way to restart the Bundesliga season (prices as at 9:30pm on Thursday May 14th were 1/2, 3/10 and 7/10, respectively)
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