Bundesliga return: Fixtures, kick-off times, how to watch, latest betting odds and preview for German league's return

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Monday, May 18

Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz

Werder Bremen

  • Manager: Florian Kohfeldt
  • Key players: Milot Rashica, Max Eggestein
  • Familiar names: Claudio Pizarro (ex-Chelsea), Nuri Sahin (ex-Liverpool), Davy Klaassen (ex-Everton)
  • Injured: Klaassen (suspended), Pizarro (thigh), Füllkrug (torn ACL), Möhwald (knee), Toprak (calf)

Leverkusen

  • Manager: Peter Bosz
  • Key players: Kai Havertz, Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland, Mousa Diaby
  • Injured: Volland (foot - doubtful)

Our prediction: Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen (Sky Bet odds: 8/1)

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  • Werder Bremen have won just one of their last seven competitive matches against Bayer 04 Leverkusen (D3 L3). They’d won four of their previous five against the Werkself (also L1).
  • Werder have lost their last six Bundesliga home games, failing to score in each of their last five at home – both are a negative record for the club in the top-flight.
  • Bremen have the worst defence in this Bundesliga season, having conceded 55 goals. They’ve only shipped more goals after 24 games in 1979/80 (58; relegated).
  • Werder have dropped 21 points from winning positions in the Bundesliga this season - a league high. They’ve only thrown away more after taking a lead in 1971/72 (22) and 1991/92 (25).
  • For the first time this Bundesliga season, Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last five games (W4 D1). They’ve taken 13 of a possible 15 points in this period – a joint league-high together with Bayern.

Odds subject to fluctuation and correct as of 2000 BST on 12/05/20; injuries according to official Bundesliga website


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Ahead of the resumption of the German top flight, the PA news agency has picked a team that Premier League fans may want to root for given similarities in seasons, stances... or far more tenuous reasons.

  • Augsburg - West Ham

Hammers academy graduate Reece Oxford - remember him? - is part of the squad, albeit not playing much. Both sides are capable of big performances but hang just above the dropzone.

  • Bayer Leverkusen - Leicester

They may have smaller grounds than the other sides vying it out for European qualification, but they have an exciting crop of players and there is a real sense of upward momentum.

  • Bayern Munich - Liverpool

Both clubs with a great history of domestic success and spent the suspension with a comfy cushion at the top of the pile. Ex-Anfield favourite Philippe Coutinho is another reason to support them.

  • Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City and Manchester United

Fans of both Manchester clubs will be interested in the Bundesliga title challengers, with City academy graduate and United target Jadon Sancho playing a starring role. Erling Haaland will also no doubt leave United supporters wondering 'what it?'

  • Borussia Monchengladbach - Chelsea

Like Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Gladbach have an exciting young coach in the form of Marco Rose. The Blues could do worse than scouting stars like Marcus Thuram - son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian - during the impasse.

  • Cologne - Burnley

Both sides endured a rocky starts to their respective campaigns but now sit pretty in 10th, they are the heartbeat of the town and backed by a fiercely loyal support base.

  • Fortuna Dusseldorf - Bournemouth

Following comfortable 2018/19 campaigns, performances have dropped and both clubs remain in relegation danger. City fans will also want to take a peek given they are managed by club great Uwe Rosler and their goalkeeper Zack Steffen is on loan there.

  • Frankfurt - Tottenham

After falling just short towards the end of memorable European runs last season, both sides that have been unable to fulfil expectations this season. Still, there is plenty to play for.

  • Freiburg - Crystal Palace

Clubs that are proud of their southern roots and built on some sturdy defending. Like the Eagles, in Christian Streich they have a manager loyal to a club he has long, deep ties to.

  • Hertha Berlin - Arsenal

Despite spending a fair bit of money in the transfer market, this has been a difficult seasons in which new managers have been brought in to lead a resurgence.

  • Hoffenheim - Watford

Cautious optimism after decent 2018-19 seasons has been replaced by a dollop of frustration in terms of results as they are capable of beating the big teams - for Liverpool and Manchester United read Bayern and Dortmund.

  • Mainz - Brighton

Clubs that are not out of the woods as the season enters the final stages, although have shown signs of promise during topsy-turvy campaigns.

  • Paderborn - Norwich

Neither side are giving up without a fight but are at the bottom of their respective tables.

  • RB Leipzig - Newcastle and Southampton

An exciting team disliked because of their owners - something Newcastle may have to get used to. Saints fans may also take a keen interest in manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's former club.

  • Schalke - Everton

A club in royal blue undergoing a rebuild, currently sat in the shadow of local rivals. Schalke are an ambitious group coached by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner.

  • Union Berlin - Sheffield United

Having been promoted from the second tier against the odds, they are the top-flight's surprise package. They lack star names but work as a unit.

  • Werder Bremen - Aston Villa

Big clubs that should not be second bottom of the standings at this stage given the players at their disposal. Retiring former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro, now 41, is another reason to watch.

  • Wolfsburg - Wolves

Aside from the fact both clubs are enjoying decent seasons and are in the mix for European qualification, just look at the names!


Sunday, May 17

Cologne v Mainz

Celebrations for Dominick Drexler and Cologne

Cologne

  • Manager: Markus Gisdol
  • Key players: John Cordoba, Sebastiaan Bornauw
  • Familiar names: Toni Leistner (on loan from QPR), Anthony Modeste (ex-Blackburn)
  • Injured: Czichos (match fitness), Hauptmann (match fitness), Jakobs (match fitness)

Mainz

  • Manager: Achim Beierlorzer
  • Key players: Jean-Philippe Mateta, Moussa Niakhate, Robin Quaison
  • Familiar names: Ji Dong-won (ex-Sunderland), Jeffrey Bruma (ex-Chelsea), Taiwo Awoniyi (on loan from Liverpool), Edimilson Fernandes (ex-West Ham)
  • Injured: Mateta (suspended), Zentner (knee)

Our prediction: Cologne 3-1 Mainz (Sky Bet odds: 12/1)

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  • Mainz are without a win in eight Bundesliga games away to Köln (D4, L4). They’ve not faced any other side in the top flight as often on the road without winning.
  • Köln have won eight of their last 11 Bundesliga games, only losing to top teams Bayern, Dortmund and Gladbach in that time. Since matchday 15, only FCB (31) and BVB (25) have picked up more points than Köln (24).
  • Köln have scored in each of their last 11 Bundesliga matches, netting 27 times in total in that period (2.5 goals per game on average). They last had a longer scoring run in the top flight from August to November 1994 (14 games).
  • Köln’s Mark Uth scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the rescheduled match against Gladbach. He has now had a hand in at least one goal in each of his seven Bundesliga games for Köln (4 goals, 4 assists).
  • Mainz have lost just one of their last five Bundesliga games (W2, D2) – a 4-0 defeat at Wolfsburg on matchday 23. The Zerofivers have picked up more points from their last five games (8) than in their eight previous matches combined (6).

Union Berlin v Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are the defending Bundesliga champions

Union Berlin

  • Manager: Urs Fischer
  • Key players: Sebastian Andersson
  • Injured: Becker (thigh), Friedrich (suspended), Gogia (match fitness), Malli (match fitness)

Bayern Munich

  • Manager: Hansi Flick
  • Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Thiago, Lucas Hernandez
  • Familiar names: Philippe Coutinho (ex-Liverpool), Jerome Boateng (ex-Man City), Serge Gnabry (ex-Arsenal)
  • Injured: Coutinho (ankle), Süle (match fitness), Tolisso (ankle)

Our prediction: Union Berlin 1-4 Bayern Munich (Sky Bet odds: 14/1)

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  • Union have conceded at least three goals in four of their eight Bundesliga games since the break. In the first half of the season, they only let in more than three goals once, on the opening game of the season (0-4 loss to Leipzig).
  • Bayern have a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time this season. They’ve never thrown away a lead this big this late in a season.
  • Bayern have taken 31 of a possible 33 points from their last 11 Bundesliga games, only dropping points against Leipzig on MD21 (0-0). They’ve scored 38 goals in this period while conceding six and keeping six clean sheets.
  • Bayern last recorded five away wins in a row in the Bundesliga between December 2017 and March 2018 (6).
  • Bayern are the first club in Bundesliga history to score at least three goals in five away games in a row. FCB have netted 73 goals in 25 games – a tally only the Bavarians themselves have managed to top (74 in both 1973/74 and 2013/14).
  • Bayern’s Serge Gnabry has had a hand in seven goals in his last four Bundesliga games (4 goals, 3 assists). The 24-year-old has been involved in 15 goals in 14 BL games under head coach Hansi Flick (9 goals, 6 assists).

Saturday, May 16

Borussia Dortmund v Schalke

Jadon Sancho has been a star for Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund

  • Manager: Lucien Favre
  • Key players: Erling Braut Haaland, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt
  • Familiar names: Jadon Sancho (England/ex-Man City), Emre Can (ex-Liverpool)
  • Injured: Can (muscular), Reus (thigh), Schulz (muscular), Witsel (groin), Zagadou (knee), Schmelzer (muscular - doubtful)

Schalke

  • Manager: David Wagner
  • Key players: Ozan Kabak, Amin Harat
  • Familiar names: David Wagner (ex-Huddersfield boss), Rabbi Matondo (Wales, ex-Man City), Jonjoe Kenny (on loan from Everton), Matija Nastasic (ex-Man City), Benjamin Stambouli (ex-Tottenham)
  • Injured: Kabak (back), Mascarell (groin), Stambouli (match fitness)

Our prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Schalke (Sky Bet odds: 7/1)

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  • FC Schalke 04 have only scored once in their last 387 minutes of Bundesliga football (Weston McKennie last time out vs. Hoffenheim). BVB have netted 10 times in this timeframe.
  • Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Gladbach last time out in Bundesliga, which was their seventh victory from eight games since the break. They are now second in the table for the first time since matchday 10.
  • After their 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, Schalke are without a win in their last seven Bundesliga games (D4 L3) – a longer wait than any other Bundesliga side.
  • Schalke are without a win in their last six Bundesliga away games (D3 L3) – longer than any other side. They last endured a longer winless streak on the road between February and May 2015 (9 games).
  • Schalke have failed to score in all four of their Bundesliga away games in 2020 – this last happened between September and November 2001. The Royal Blues last went on a longer goalless streak away from home between April and September 1998 (5 games).
  • Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has had a hand in at least one goal in his last eight Bundesliga games. He has been directly involved in more Bundesliga goals than any other player this season (29; 14 goals, 15 assists).
  • Schalke’s Amine Harit has been directly involved in more Bundesliga goals than any other team-mate this term (6 goals, 4 assists), but hasn’t had a hand in a goal in his last nine games (S04 haven’t won any of those matches). The Royal Blues have won every game in which he has been involved in a goal (7).

RB Leipzig v Freiburg

Timo Werner has been linked with a move to the Premier League

RB Leipzig

  • Manager: Julian Nagelsmann
  • Key players: Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Subitzer
  • Familiar names: Ademola Lookman (ex-Everton), Ethan Ampadu (Wales/on loan from Chelsea), Angelino (on loan from Man City), Peter Gulacsi (ex-Liverpool)
  • Injured: Ampadu (back), Forsberg (tonsilitis), Upamecano (suspended), Konate (match fitness - doubtful)

Freiburg

  • Manager: Christian Streich
  • Key players: Luca Waldschmidt, Robin Koch
  • Injured: Kübler (knee)

Our prediction: RB Leipzig 2-0 Freiburg (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

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  • Freiburg have won three of their last four Bundesliga matches against Leipzig (L1), winning 2-1 at home in the reverse fixture this season.
  • Leipzig have won all three of their Bundesliga home games against Freiburg, by an aggregate scoreline of 10-2. Leipzig won 2-1 at home in April last term thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg.
  • Leipzig have drawn their last two and won just two of their last seven Bundesliga games, dropping out of the top two for the first time since matchday 10.
  • Leipzig are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga home games (W6 D3), and have lost just one of their last 19 matches at home (W10 D8). Leipzig have scored in all 12 home games this season (2.7 goals on average).
  • Leipzig have the joint best defence in the Bundesliga this season, having conceded 26 goals (same as Bayern). They’ve let in just one goal in their last five league games (1-1 vs. Leverkusen on MD24).
  • Freiburg’s 3-1 win against Union Berlin on MD25 ended the club’s run of 252 minutes without a goal. They netted three times against Union, which is more often than in their previous six games combined (2).
  • Freiburg have won just one of their last 10 Bundesliga away games (D4 L5): a 2-1 victory in Mainz on MD18. They’ve conceded at least one goal in each of these 10 matches.

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Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin

Hoffenheim

  • Manager: Alfred Schreuder
  • Key players: Andrej Kramaric
  • Familiar names: Havard Nordtveit (ex-Arsenal, West Ham and Fulham)
  • Injured: Adamyan (ankle), Belfodil (knee), Esser (not included), Kramaric (ankle)

Hertha Berlin

  • Manager: Bruno Labbadia
  • Key players: Krzysztof Piatek
  • Familiar names: Salomon Kalou (ex-Chelsea), Dedryck Boyata (ex- Man City and Celtic), Marko Grujic (on loan from Liverpool)
  • Injured: Darida (suspended), Kalou (not included), Rekik (knee)

Our prediction: Hoffenheim 1-1 Hertha Berlin (Sky Bet odds: 11/2)

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  • Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga matches against Hertha BSC (W5 D3). They’ve never managed a longer undefeated run in the top-flight against any other side.
  • Hoffenheim have won four of their last five Bundesliga home games against Hertha (D1). TSG had won just one of their previous four Bundesliga games in Sinsheim against the Berlin club (D1 L2).
  • Hoffenheim have conceded 31 goals at home in the Bundesliga this season – a joint league-high together with Paderborn. They’ve never let in more goals at home within a single top-flight season.
  • Hoffenheim have taken 14 points from losing positions this season. Across an entire Bundesliga season, they’ve only picked up more points after falling behind in 2016/17 (15).
  • Hertha are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga away games (W3 D2). They last had a longer unbeaten run on the road in the top-flight in 2004/05 (6).
  • Hertha have conceded 48 goals after 25 Bundesliga games this season. They last let in at least as many at this stage in 1990/91 (54; relegated at the end after finishing in last place).

Augsburg v Wolfsburg

Augsburg

  • Manager: Heiko Herrlich
  • Key players: Ruben Vargas, Philipp Max
  • Familiar names: Stephan Lichtsteiner (ex-Arsenal), Reece Oxford (ex-West Ham)
  • Injured: Finnbogason (knee), Giefer (foot), Schieber (calf) - all doubtful

Wolfsburg

  • Manager: Oliver Glasner
  • Key players: Wout Weghorst, Jerome Roussillon
  • Injured: Camacho (ankle), Gerhardt (head injury), Guilavogui (knee), Weghorst (suspended), William (knee)

Our prediction: Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg (Sky Bet odds: 8/1)

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  • Augsburg suffered their heaviest ever Bundesliga defeat in May 2019 as they lost 1-8 in Wolfsburg.
  • Augsburg have conceded more goals in the second half of games since the winter break (18) than Wolfsburg have in the whole of the Bundesliga this term (17).
  • Augsburg have only won one of their last nine Bundesliga matches (D1 L7): 2-1 at home vs Bremen on MD20. They have lost their last three Bundesliga games – they last suffered more consecutive defeats in November/December 2018 (4).
  • Wolfsburg are currently on a six-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga (W3 D3), with their last defeat coming at home to Hertha on MD19 (1-2). Bayern are the only Bundesliga side enjoying a longer unbeaten streak (11 matches).
  • Wolfsburg have taken 18 points from their 12 Bundesliga away games this season (same as in 2014/15). They have only ever had more points at this stage in 2018/19 (23).

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn

Fortuna Dusseldorf head coach is former Manchester City striker ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler

Fortuna Dusseldorf

  • Manager: Uwe Rösler
  • Key players: Dawid Kownacki, Kaan Ayhan
  • Familiar names: Uwe Rosler (ex-Man City and Southampton striker, Brentford, Wigan and Leeds boss), Mathias 'Zanka' Jorgensen (ex-Huddersfield), Markus Suttner (ex-Brighton), Zack Steffen (on loan from Man City)
  • Injured: Fink (personal reasons), Kownacki (knee), Steffen (knee), Tekpetey (thigh - doubtful)

Paderborn

  • Manager: Steffen Baumgart
  • Key players: Sebastian Vasiliadis
  • Familiar names: Dennis Srbeny (ex-Norwich), Abdelhamid Sabiri (ex-Huddersfield)
  • Injured: Kilian (thigh), Mamba (knee - doubtful)

Our prediction: Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Paderborn (Sky Bet odds: 8/1)

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  • Fortuna Düsseldorf have won just one of their last 10 league games against SC Paderborn (D4 L5), 2-1 in Paderborn in April 2014 in Bundesliga 2. SCP won their first Bundesliga meeting with Fortuna in the reverse fixture this term (2-0).
  • Paderborn have won each of their last three competitive games away against Fortuna (all in BL2). SCP have never won four away games in a row against any team in professional football.
  • Düsseldorf have lost each of their last three competitive home games against Paderborn. Fortuna have only lost more consecutive home matches in professional football against Bayern (5) and VfB Stuttgart (4).
  • Fortuna have lost just one of their six Bundesliga games under head coach Uwe Rösler (W1 D4): a 1-4 defeat to Gladbach on matchday 22. They’ve scored in each of these six matches.
  • 22 points from 25 games represents Fortuna’s second-worst points haul at this stage of a Bundesliga season. They’ve only been worse off at this point in 1986/87 (19 points; relegated).
  • Düsseldorf are without a win in their last four Bundesliga home games (D2, L2). They last had a longer winless run at home between November 2016 and May 2017 (11 matches in Bundesliga 2).

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach are title outsiders

Frankfurt

  • Manager: Adi Hütter
  • Key players: Filip Kostic, Andre Silva, Evan N'Dicka
  • Familiar names: Gelson Fernandes (ex-Man City), Jonathan de Guzman (ex-Swansea), Erik Durm (ex-Huddersfield)
  • Injured: de Guzman (not included), Durm (foot), Paciencia (thigh), Rode (knee) - latter three doubtful

Monchengladbach

  • Manager: Marco Rose
  • Key players: Denis Zakara, Alassane Plea, Marcus Thuram
  • Injured: Johnson (muscular), Zakaria (knee), Kramer (match fitness - doubtful), Stindl (match fitness - doubtful)

Our prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Sky Bet odds: 17/2)

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  • After winning both Bundesliga matches against Gladbach in 2017/18, Frankfurt have not won any of their last three games against the Foals (D1, L2).
  • After going unbeaten in four Bundesliga matches (W3, D1), Frankfurt have lost each of their last three in the league (aggregate scoreline: 1-10). They last went on a longer losing run in the BL in February/March 2017 (5).
  • Frankfurt have taken 28 points from 24 Bundesliga games. They last had as few points at this stage in 2015/16 (23), when they only managed to avoid relegation after defeating Nürnberg in the play-off.
  • Frankfurt have scored 27 goals and conceded 16 in their 12 Bundesliga home games this season (W6, D3, L3) – equalling their record from this stage last term.
  • Gladbach have scored in each of their last seven Bundesliga matches, but have also failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last eight league games. Only Augsburg are on a longer wait for a shutout (9).
  • After going five Bundesliga away games without a win (D2, L3), Gladbach have won both their last two matches on the road. The Foals have taken 20 points from their first 12 BL away games – they last managed more in 1974/75 (22).

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