Bundesliga

Bundesliga 22/01-23/01/22: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both on the road

The Bundesliga title race will make for fascinating viewing over the next few months. Borussia Dortmund — who thrashed high-flying SC Freiburg last Friday — will be desperate to keep the pressure on table-toppers Munich. In this preview, we will look ahead to two matches — Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, and Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund put on five-star display against Hoffenheim

Borussia Dortmund were on fire against Freiburg last weekend. From the first moment, Dortmund swarmed the Freiburg penalty box, and the pressure was unrelenting. Erling Haaland helped himself to a double with two clinical finishes to take his tally to 15 for this campaign. Thomas Meunier also scored twice, while Mahmoud Dahoud rounded off the scoring four minutes from time.

As things stand, Dortmund are six points off the top of the table, which can be clawed back. They will need to keep the pressure on Munich. April 23 has already been earmarked as an important date in the calendar, as that represents the last Der Klassiker of the season.

Breaking down the key stats of Borussia Dortmund’s win over SC Freiburg

There were a few key takeaways from Dortmund’s victory over Freiburg. One of these was the fact that it was the biggest win of their season to date in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, Dahoud scored for the first time in back-to-back league games, while Julian Brandt only picked up his second yellow card in his 245th Bundesliga fixture.

Hoffenheim firmly in the mix for a top four finish

While Dortmund will naturally gain a lot of attention, we shouldn’t forget how well Hoffenheim are doing. Currently, Hoffenheim are fourth in the Bundesliga table and just a point behind third-placed Bayer Leverkusen. However, Hoffenheim need to tighten up at the back, as they have shipped 29 goals in 19 matches.

Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund: A look back on past matches

This fixture has been rather tight, but you can count on goals! Earlier this campaign, Dortmund claimed a 3-2 win over Hoffenheim, with Haaland wrapping up all three points in stoppage time. On that day, Dortmund dominated possession, and they were far superior in the shot count department.

Robert Lewandowski brings up landmark goal for Bayern Munich in win over Cologne

You can always bank on Robert Lewandowski to score, and he has been prolific this season. He netted a hat-trick in a crushing 4-0 away win over Cologne last weekend. His hat-trick goal was his 300th Bundesliga career goal. Not only that, but it was the 66th league game in a row that Bayern have scored in.

Julian Nagelsmann had Manuel Neuer back in between the sticks. Meanwhile, Corentin Tolisso smashed home a stunning volley after linking up beautifully with the master assister Thomas Muller. For Bayern, the defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach was a mere blip.

Meanwhile, despite being 13th in the table, Hertha Berlin are only four points above the drop zone. Although games against the likes of Bayern won’t determine their season, let’s not forget that Hertha Berlin beat Dortmund 3-2 last month, so they can spring a surprise.

Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich: Unlocking the vault on past encounters

Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich have fared very well in this particular fixture. There have been resounding wins over the years. In their previous meeting back in August, Bayern demolished Hertha Berlin 5-0. On that day, Muller opened the scoring, while Lewandowski grabbed himself a hat-trick, and Jamal Muisala also got in on the act.

Bayern have lost just three times this season, and Nagelsmann sets extremely high standards for his players. Although Hoffenheim will give it a right good go, Bayern are a cut above their rivals, and they should win comfortably.

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