Bundesliga match previews for Tuesday May 26th
Author: Will Reilly
There are matches in the Bundesliga this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday matches are previewed below.
The first of them is a mouth-watering clash between league-leaders Bayern Munich, who have to make the 600km trip to the team in second, Borussia Dortmund.
It is a great way to begin the midweek action.
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich, 5:30pm Tuesday
2nd v 1st
Four points between them
The two best sides in the Bundesliga – a key game
Dortmund beat Bayern in the Super Cup at the start of the season, but Bayern exacted revenge with a 4-0 league win back in November. However, Dortmund’s form was patch then and is much better now
Dortmund have won 9 of their last 10 Bundesliga matches, scoring 33 goals and conceding nine, and they have suddenly started keeping clean sheets, with six in their last eight matches.
Mats Hummels limped off against Wolfsburg on Sat with an Achilles injury but the word is that he’ll be okay for Tuesday. If absent, he would be a loss as he is a key figure in central defence in their 3-4-3 (or 3-4-2-1) line-up.
Emre Can replaced him when he came off on Saturday so he looks good to go again following a muscle injury picked up in training before the league resumed. However, Axel Witsel hasn’t featured since the break and looks set to miss out again.
Highly rated youngster Giovanni Reyna, 17, is available again, though, and got a few minutes on Saturday.
Another teenager, Erling Braut Håland, 18, has scored 13 goals in 13 appearances since he joined Dortmund and is a hugely exciting prospect. He oozes confidence and sure knows how to finish.
Jadon Sancho has been on the bench for Dortmund’s last two matches but came on to register another assist on Saturday. He’s a key player and has had a superb season with 14 goals and 16 assists in 21 league starts this season.
They play a 4–2–1–3 formation with Thomas Müller sitting just in behind the strikers. Their playmaker, though, is Thiago Alcântara and he might miss out owing to a muscle injury. He’d be a big loss to Bayern.
Bayern have 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions and have won 13 and drawn one of their last 14 league games, scoring 45 goals and conceding eight.
Prior to conceding two in their 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, they had kept five clean sheets in a row.
What a season (yet another!) Robert Lewandowski has had with 42 goals in 35 appearances this season, including 27 in 25 league appearances.
HEAD-TO-HEADS IN THE BUNDESLIGA IN DORTMUND
Since 2016, Dortmund’s home record in the league against Bayern reads as 1-0, 1-3, 3-2
Robert Lewandowski has scored three goals in these three games.
At the time of writing (5:30pm, Monday May 25th), Dortmund were available with Bar One Racing at 26/10. I feel that that is overpricing them and is a price I like.
Over 2.5 goals in the game seems likely, although this is reflected in the short price of 7/20.
However, I’m prepared to chance Borussia Dortmund to win and for Both Teams To Score, which is on offer at 15/4 (as at 5:30pm on Monday May 25th)
**BORUSSIA DORTMUND V BAYERN MUNICH is one of four DOUBLE THE ODDS ON FIRST GOALSCORER MATCHES we have available this week. Details below…
Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg, 7:30pm, Tuesday
4th v 6th in the table
Bayer Leverkusen – nine wins in their last 11 Bundesliga matches, and they’ve scored eleven collectively in the last three of them.
Kai Havertz is very much the man in form, with nine goals in his last ten appearances.
Wolfsburg – just one win in their last five and were beaten 2-0 at home by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
It’s been 13 matches since they conceded more than two goals in a game.
Renato Steffen has proven their main recent goal threat with four goals in his last seven league starts.
Free-scoring BAYER LEVERKUSEN look very tempting at 8/11 so that looks to be the bet here
Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg, 7:30pm, Tuesday
14th v 7th in the table
Eintracht Frankfurt have lost their last five Bundesliga matches, although three of these have been against top sides – Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich – and have conceded 18 goals in those games.
Freiburg’s problem has been scoring goals. Outside of the bottom three in the table, only two sides have scored less than them in the league this season.
They lost 1-0 at home to struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday.
VERDICT: A tough one to call with confidence
Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach, 7:30pm, Tuesday
17th (second-bottom) v 5th
Struggling Werder Bremen got a welcome win on Saturday, but this is a different kettle of fish.
They have won just three of their last 21 league matches, each of them away from home.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have lost just two of their last nine league matches – against Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, which are strong sides – but have scored in each of their last nine league matches. They’ve also conceded in each of them!
They’ve won their last three away games in the league and I expect them to make that four on Tuesday
8/11 looks a good price to me about Borussia Mönchengladbach