12 Mar Bayern and Leipzig combat for title, Dortmund battle for Europe, Schalke down
With 10 video games remaining for every team, Football4cast’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae runs the rule over all 18 golf equipment and their targets for the remainder of the season.
1. Bayern Munich | 55 factors: What an odd season this has been for the Rekordmeister as they shoot for 9 league titles in a row. Their capturing hasn’t been the issue: Robert Lewandowski is on his technique to breaking Gerd Muller’s report of 40 objectives for a single season and as a team (71 objectives) they rating on common as soon as each 5.5 makes an attempt, which is staggeringly environment friendly. Defending stays the query mark for Hansi Flick’s team: That is Bayern’s most beneficiant marketing campaign on the again in practically 30 years, having given up 34. However for those who may give Dortmund a two-goal lead inside 9 minutes (as they did through the current Klassiker and nonetheless win, ought to anybody be involved?
The April Three showdown in Leipzig looms massive. A win for Bayern on the Purple Bull Area would go a protracted technique to clinching a 30th Bundesliga Meisterschale.
2. RB Leipzig | 53 factors: Not so way back it was a seven-point hole, however now it is solely two. Though they have been eradicated from the Champions League by Liverpool, Leipzig are stubborn and organised, as evidenced by a run of six consecutive Bundesliga wins. They’re 4 factors higher than they’ve ever been after 24 rounds. A seventh straight win in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday could be a brand new private greatest within the Bundesliga for 33-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann.
They’re doing it the alternative method from Bayern, boasting the tightest defence (20 objectives conceded) and missing a prolific scorer after letting Timo Werner transfer to Chelsea in the summertime — Christopher Nkunku leads the way in which with a paltry six Bundesliga objectives. Is that this the season for Leipzig to lastly beat Bayern in a head-to-head that basically issues? The Sachsen aspect present no indicators of going away.
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3. VfL Wolfsburg | 45 factors: That Wolfsburg discover themselves within the high three is a shock, much more so when you think about that coach Oliver Glasner had one foot out the door after artistic variations with sporting chief Jorg Schmadtke just some months in the past. “Gritty, not fairly” is a rule to stay by on this metropolis recognized for automobile manufacturing. Wolfsburg make life troublesome for whomever they play with their willpower and construction in opposition to the ball.
A particular point out right here for the urgent of Xaver Schlager and his midfield accomplice Maximilian Arnold, who’s again in Germany nationwide team competition. Then you’ve gotten bodily ahead Wout Weghorst and his 15 objectives. Final week’s defeat at TSG Hoffenheim was solely their third within the league this yr and, I think, a blip.
4. Eintracht Frankfurt | 43 factors: The revelation of the season. OK, I do know Adi Hutter’s aspect have taken only one level from the previous two video games, however previous to that, Eintracht have been enjoying the most effective football of any team in Germany.
We used to consider Frankfurt as a relentless urgent team that will give it the whole lot to win the ball again. But they’ve added appreciable fashion to their repertoire, and far of it has to do with an intriguing 3-4-2-1 base tactical setup: particular point out for the pair of complementary No. 10s, Daichi Kamada and Amin Younes, behind prolific striker Andre Silva, scorer of 19 objectives. In current days, the potential departure of sporting director Fredi Bobic has dominated the headlines in Frankfurt. Their match on Sunday in Leipzig ought to inform us loads in regards to the Eagles’ Champions League push.
5. Bayer Leverkusen | 40 factors: You could possibly really feel the aid final week because the Werkself (“manufacturing unit membership”) elevated productiveness on the proper time. A 1-Zero win away to Borussia Monchengladbach, secured by a late Patrik Schick objective, lifted the gloom within the Leverkusen camp. Beforehand they’d recorded only one win in 9 aggressive video games whereas being dumped out of the DFB-Pokal and the Europa League.
Coach Peter Bosz, lauded earlier this season for his zesty strategy, was all of the sudden dealing with troublesome questions. He confirmed his team may sit deep and look forward to the fitting second as they did on the Borussia Park. When defender Jonathan Tah contributes in such an enormous method, Leverkusen would possibly simply be on the way in which again, as a Champions League place remains to be inside their grasp.
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6. Borussia Dortmund | 39 factors: So close to, and but up to now. Final week, Dortmund have been inside touching distance of a valuable level away to Bayern however could not get themselves over the road. I do assume some good issues are occurring beneath interim coach Edin Terzic. BVB’s football is much less predictable, each tactically and by way of the transition recreation. They’re even coping with accidents moderately nicely. Nico Schulz, who has hardly performed in any respect this season till the previous couple of weeks, has are available in for out-of-action full-back Raphael Guerreiro and prospered, at the least in an attacking sense.
The presence of Erling Haaland — together with his 19 objectives from 19 video games — means ignore Dortmund at your peril, and he’ll must be sharp as BVB have key video games developing in opposition to Frankfurt, Wolfsburg and Leipzig, in addition to a conflict with Leverkusen on the ultimate day of the season.
7. FC Union Berlin | 35 factors: Who noticed Union this excessive up the desk in solely their second Bundesliga season? I confess, I did not. It is on benefit, in fact, even when current performances have been efficient moderately than eye-catching. Their previous 5 matches have seen Die Eisernen rating solely twice whereas conceding twice. If European football is the goal for Urs Fischer’s draw specialists, and it nonetheless could be in opposition to the percentages, they should translate the creativity of Max Kruse into objectives. They’ve fewer worries on the different finish and defender Marvin Friedrich is in line to turn into the primary Unioner to play for Germany. Leverkusen are sizzling on his path.
8. SC Freiburg | 34 factors: We by no means appear to study to not underestimate Freiburg. The Breisgau membership are the masters of creating a little bit go a good distance and enjoying to a team idea — the brainchild of the longest-serving coach within the Bundesliga, Christian Streich. At occasions they get outplayed, similar to by Leipzig in a 3-Zero defeat final week, however not often outthought or outworked.
Freiburg are not often reliant on particular person high quality and it’s at all times extra in regards to the collective. Winger Vincenzo Grifo is having his best-ever season, though he has tailed off considerably in current weeks. Captain Christian Gunter persistently excels enjoying behind Grifo on a dynamic left aspect. Freiburg simply maintain on operating.
9. VfB Stuttgart | 33 factors: They have been a really nice enrichment to the Bundesliga this season. Stuttgart are, in fact, a colossal membership with a wealthy custom, however I like the way in which they’ve reinvented themselves beneath their spectacular American coach, Pellegrino Matarazzo.
No team launches lightning-fast counters fairly like Stuttgart. The Schwaben are at their most harmful when possession modifications of their favour after which a number of gamers decide to the break. Silas Wamangituka is probably the most skillful exponent of this artwork and has 11 objectives to indicate for his efforts. The large Austrian ahead Sasa Kalajdzic is a really troublesome opponent, and has gone one higher (12 objectives in 23 video games) than teammate Silas Wamangituka (11) in assault. Alas, holding on to those property could nicely show inconceivable as richer golf equipment come calling.
10. Borussia Monchengladbach | 33 factors: A membership making information for the flawed causes. All has gone awry because it was introduced on Feb. 15 that coach Marco Rose could be leaving for Dortmund subsequent season. The Foals’ fall has been dramatic. 5 successive defeats in all competitions, and 6 losses in seven — name it what you’ll. Basic supervisor Max Eberl says Rose will see out the season, however defeat in opposition to Augsburg within the Friday recreation would absolutely put that prospect unsure. Sadly, they seem to be a team in disaster mode.
11. TSG Hoffenheim | 30 factors: An enormous conundrum, and a narrative of extra negatives than positives despite the fact that they recorded one in every of their greatest outcomes of the season final week in opposition to Wolfsburg, successful 2-1, and are on an unbeaten four-game run within the league. Performances beneath Sebastian Hoeness have been uneven and the style of their tame exit from the Europa League means questions will likely be requested with the long run in thoughts.
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12. Werder Bremen | 30 factors: Coach Florian Kohfeldt is respiration much more simply after 4 factors from two key video games in opposition to direct rivals within the decrease half, Cologne and Bielefeld. Bremen, who stayed up final season solely by the use of a playoff win in opposition to Heidenheim, are nicely on course to protect their Bundesliga standing. The football hasn’t been dazzling, but it surely was by no means prone to be this season. United States worldwide Joshua Sargent, with three objectives in as many video games, is displaying why Kohfeldt charges him so extremely.
13. FC Augsburg | 26 factors: Till lately, there have been severe doubts as as to if coach Heiko Herrlich could be allowed to remain the course. Teaching modifications these previous couple of years have truly labored out for common supervisor Stefan Reuter, however Reuter has persistently stated Herrlich isn’t at risk. Augsburg, a part of the Bundesliga’s furnishings for a decade now, ought to keep up. But other than feisty keeper Rafal Gikiewicz, nobody has stood out.
14. FC Cologne | 22 factors: Fasten your seatbelts and put together for a tense end. Cologne stay largely stable sufficient defensively, particularly since Jorge Mere returned from harm. The issue continues to be an absence of attacking punch, not helped by Sebastian Andersson’s long-term harm. Emmanuel Dennis hasn’t satisfied since becoming a member of on mortgage from Membership Brugge. Thank goodness for the vigorous Elvis Rexhbecaj on mortgage from Wolfsburg, who has supplied a spark. There’s work to do within the cathedral metropolis, although, earlier than everybody can exhale.
15. Hertha Berlin | 21 factors: The nice underachievers of the marketing campaign. Hertha’s squad, with artists like Matheus Cunha and confirmed finishers like Jhon Cordoba, wasn’t constructed for a relegation battle, however that is what they’re confronted with. Final week’s win over Augbsurg was solely their second in 2021. By going again to the long run with coach Pal Dardai, at the least within the brief time period, Hertha appear higher outfitted than earlier than for the required grinding out of outcomes. I see them staying up.
16. Arminia Bielefeld | 19 factors: At the beginning of the season, most would have stated 16th place, the relegation playoff place, would characterize success for newly-promoted Arminia. So what do they do? Bid goodbye to teach Uwe Neuhaus when in 16th place to get replaced by Frank Kramer. To date beneath Kramer it has been one level from two video games and no objectives scored. It will not be straightforward for Bielefeld to remain up, however goalkeeper Stefan Ortega has proven himself to be nicely above the Bundesliga common on the place.
17. Mainz | 18 factors: They’re the good survivors in relation to avoiding relegation. Would we put it previous Mainz to avoid wasting themselves once more? Bo Svensson has given them a greater tactical platform and visual confidence since taking on in January. Wins over Leipzig, Union and Gladbach, in addition to a draw after being two down in Leverkusen, have proven us a unique face of the Rheinhessen. Three video games in as many weeks firstly of April in opposition to Cologne, Bielefeld and Hertha will likely be extremely instructive.
18. Schalke 04 | 10 factors: As a commentator, I am loath to declare one thing over earlier than it’s arithmetically ironclad, however I am unable to truthfully give Schalke even a preventing probability of remaining within the high flight. Dimitrios Grammozis, their fifth coach in a forgettable marketing campaign, did get some extent from a 0-Zero draw with Mainz in his opening match, however the efficiency was fully shorn of high quality. Schalke’s final relegation was 1988 they usually stayed within the 2. Bundesliga till 1991. I, together with many others, am going to overlook them.