There was very little that was normal about a much changed Bundesliga but one thing that did stay the same was the continued success of leading pair Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and that pairing can keep the title race going this afternoon.
It was business as usual on the pitch for Bayern last week, who beat Union Berlin 2-0 with great ease last week. They didn’t appear hugely dominant on the direct stats – they won the shot count 13-9, had only 3 shots on target and shaded the expected goals count 0.7 to 0.5 – but were coasting in what was essentially a training ground session and had it not been for Thomas Muller having a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside then they would have been even more comfortable – something backed up by how they won the corner count 9-4.
Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt
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NOV 2019 BUNDESLIGA Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich
MAY 2019 BUNDESLIGA Bayern Munich 5-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
DEC 2018 BUNDESLIGA Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Bayern Munich
AUG 2018 BUNDESLIGA Eintracht Frankfurt 0-5 Bayern Munich
MAY 2018 BUNDESLIGA Bayern Munich 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
APR 2018 BUNDESLIGA Bayern Munich 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
DEC 2017 BUNDESLIGA Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich
MAR 2017 BUNDESLIGA Bayern Munich 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
OCT 2016 BUNDESLIGA Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Bayern Munich
APR 2016 BUNDESLIGA Bayern Munich 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
It’ll take time to get anything like reliable form back but Eintracht were beaten 3-1 at ‘home’ by Borussia Monchengladbach on their return which doesn’t bode terribly well for their prospects this week or going forward. Before the suspension of the league they had lost three in a row and and they now lie just five points outside the relegation zone; Bayern are of course, four points clear at the head of the league and also have plenty in reserve following their restart.
1/7 for Munich to win is understandable, and the value might lie with taking them on a two goal handicap for a comprehensive victory, whilst the 3-0 correct score makes appeal at 7/1.
Earlier in the day, Borussia Dortmund will attempt to keep the pressure on them with another victory and they can take three points from their clash with Wolfsburg. This promises to be harder than their one sided rout of Schalke last week – Wolfsburg’s last gap victory at Augsburg thanks to Daniel Ginczek’s stoppage time goal means they start this gameweek in sixth place, and with top goalscorer Wout Weghorst back from suspension here.
However, Dortmund showed their individual against Schalke, where Erling Braut Haaland – who else – scored his 10th league goal since moving from Red Bull Salzburg in January, left-back Raphael Guerreiro, scored his third and fourth goals in his last seven league games, Thorgan Hazard dealed the deal after half time and Julian Brandt assisted twice whilst deputising for Jadon Sancho.
Lucien Favre may be able to call upon Sancho once again – with Emre Can also in contention – whilst Thorgan Hazard will be a major asset if in that same form this week. Dortmund’s away form under Luicien Favre is a cause for concern on paper (they have just a 50% win rate on the road with him at the helm) but behind closed doors is a different matter and in theory Dortmund ought to find it easier to settle into their rhythm here. They can be too good here.
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