Bayern Munich took a giant step towards securing another Bundesliga title thanks to a 1-0 win at challengers Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Joshua Kimmich’s strike just before half time at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday was enough to secure an impressive away win and leave the defending champions seven points clear at the top, with just six games to play.
The race for a top four finish to secure Champions League football next season remains tight, with just four points separating Dortmund in second, and Bayer Leverkusen in fifth.
Bayern Munich v Dusseldorf
Bayern Munich look set to secure an eighth Bundesliga title in a row and should maintain their winning streak when struggling Dusseldorf visit the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening.
Last weekend Munich recorded a comfortable 5-2 win over visiting Eintracht Frankfurt to register their tenth home win of the season. They now lead the Bundesliga by seven points, are the top scorers in Germany and have resumed their title bid in ominous form.
In contrast, Dusseldorf threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at FC Koln last weekend, after conceding twice in the final few minutes. However, a midweek 2-1 home win over Schalke will have given them renewed hope of avoiding relegation.
When the sides met earlier in the season at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, Bayern ran out 4-0 winners with Serge Gnabry and Phillipe Coutinho amongst the goal scorers. You have to go back as far as 1991 for Dusseldorf’s last win over Bayern, which came at the Olympiastadion, but when the sides met at the Allianz Arena last season, Dusseldorf secured a last gasp 3-3 draw.
Paderborn v Borussia Dortmund
By the time Dortmund kick off against bottom side Padeborn on Sunday evening, they could be ten points behind Bayern Munich in the race for the title. Catching the defending champions now looks unlikely, but they still need to secure a top four finish to be in the Champions League next season.
The game at the Benteler Arena should be a good one for Dortmund to get them back to winning ways, but since the resumption of football, Padeborn have secured three successive draws, yet remain rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Another note of warning for Dortmund is that when the sides met back in November at the Signal Iduna Arena, Padeborn were 3-0 up at half time before Dortmund eventually rescued a late point in a 3-3 draw.
The race for the top four
Third placed RB Leipzig have drawn four of their last five games and face a tough trip to FC Koln on Monday evening as they hope to maintain their place in the top three. Borussia Monchengladbach currently hold the final top four spot, but will be keen to end a two game winless run when they welcome lowly Union Berlin, whilst Bayer Leverkusen’s three game winning streak was ended in midweek by Wolfsburg which saw them drop to fifth, and they face a tricky tie at eighth placed Freiburg on Friday night.
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