Bundesliga 26-27/02/2022: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund locked in gripping title race
The Bundesliga title race looks set to go right down to the wire. Although Bayern Munich are six points clear, Borussia Dortmund are keeping to their end of the bargain. In this preview, we will look ahead to two weekend matches – Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Munich on Saturday, and Augsburg v Dortmund on Sunday. Check out our thoughts below.
Bayern Munich cruise to victory despite a slight scare
Bayern Munich know how to put on a show, and they move seamlessly through the gears. They enjoyed a 4-1 victory against Greuther Furth last weekend. However, when Furth pulled one back to make it 2-1, it seemed like they would rock Bayern. But, Bayern proved their class as they scored twice in the last 30 minutes to seal the win.
As things stand, Bayern are six points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, however, there is still plenty of football to be played, and there could well be surprises. Bayern fans won’t want reminding of their 4-2 defeat to Bochum earlier this month!
Robert Lewandowski continues to tear things up in the Bundesliga
We are fast running out of superlatives to describe Robert Lewandowski! Against Greuther Furth, the Polish hitman netted a double to take his Bundesliga tally to 28 for the season. With 11 games still left to be played, he could well break the 40-goal barrier, and he is instrumental to Bayern’s chances of title success.
Eintracht Frankfurt in desperate need of inspiration
Although Frankfurt may have no relegation fears, they are currently 11th in the table, and they have struggled at times. Last weekend, they slipped to a 1-0 defeat away to Cologne, and they have won just once in their past six Bundesliga outings. Their recent form has to be addressed, or else they could finish in the bottom half of the table.
Eintracht Frankfurt hoping to complete league double over Bayern Munich
There are very few teams that beat Bayern in the league season, let alone win both home and away games. However, Frankfurt are hoping to complete a league double, given that they claimed a surprise 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena back in October. On that day, Filip Kostic scored the winner with seven minutes remaining.
Borussia Dortmund hit Borussia Monchengladbach for SIX
Borussia Dortmund are doing their best to keep up with Bayern Munich, and they will have been delighted with their 6-0 mauling of Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. Marco Reus was the standout player, as he scored twice, and made three assists as Dortmund made light work of Monchengladbach.
The game had been billed as the Battle of the Borussias, but it seemed like men against boys, as Monchengladbach just couldn’t handle Dortmund. Dortmund have been prolific this season, netting 63 times, but they have also conceded 36 times (10 more than Bayern).
Meanwhile, Dortmund’s opponents this weekend are trying to keep their heads above water. Augsburg are just three points clear of the relegation zone. More worryingly, they have won just one of their past eight Bundesliga games. They need to go on a mini run if they are going to cement their Bundesliga status for next season.
Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund: A look back on past clashes
While Dortmund’s season has so far felt like a rollercoaster at times, they will be hoping for a more straightforward run to the end of the season. And they will relish facing Augsburg this weekend. When the two sides last met back in October, Dortmund ran out 2-1 winners.
A Raphael Guerreiro penalty in the first half was cancelled out by Andi Zeqiri before Julian Brandt scored six minutes after the restart. Dortmund can’t afford any more slip-ups after six defeats, and they should pick up all three points against Augsburg.