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Bundesliga recap...

Tomorrow sees the return of a major European football league, with Germanys Bundesliga kicking off in front of empty stands.
All games are live on BT Sport.

So, how did we leave things back in March?

Bayern Munich sit at the top, 4 points clear. Business as usual, but it hasn't been like that all season. In fact as recently as December Bayern sat in 7th, following back to back defeats to Leverkusen and Monchengladbach. They had already lost at home to Hoffenheim and suffered a 5-1 walloping to Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, 10 wins and a draw in the last 11 has seen a return to normality.
Lewandowski (25), Gnabry (11) and Coutinho (8) lead the charge for goals. They play away to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund are sat in second, with Jaden Sancho (14 goals) a shining light for them. They also added Erling Haland, who settled in immediately and has 9 goals in 5 starts and 3 sub appearances. Their pre-COVID run saw them win 7 out of 8. They restart with a derby against Schalke.

RB Leipzig spent a few weeks leading the table, but now sit one point behind Dortmund. 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats preceded the break - concentration taken by a CL tie with Spurs? They are full of players linked with moves to England, but Timo Werner is their most valuable asset. 21 league goals this season. Young Englishman Ademola Lookman is in their squad, as is Welsh starlet Ethan Ampadu - although neither had much of a look in so far.

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen are also in the hunt for the title. Gladbach have spent 8 weeks at the top, but 6 defeats leaves them 6 points behind the leaders. It is much of a team effort for them, with no really outstanding players - but Frenchmen Marcus Thuram (son of Lily) and Alassane Plea are among their dangermen.
Leverkusen sit in 5th, and have been chasers all season. Kevin Volland is arguably their main man, although they have the Bender brothers - long linked with PL clubs - in their team too.

The relegation battle is still on, just. FC Paderborn are 10 points off complete safety and 6 points from a relegation play-off place. Losing the last 4 has left them in the shiiiit, with just 4 wins all season.
Werder Bremen are 2 points above Paderborn, and had 1 win in 11 going into the break. They still turn to Claudio Pizarro, who at 41 has made 15 appearances off the bench but has no goals. Nuri Sahin is also in their squad.
Fortuna Dusseldorf are in the play-off place, and 4 points from safety. Lewis Baker is on loan there from Chelsea.
Mainz 05, FC Augsburg, Hertha and Eintracht Frankfurt are all just above the safety line, although a number of clubs could be pulled into the fight.

Lewandowski, Werner and Sancho lead the scoring charts.
Sancho also heads the assist chart, 16 alongside Thomas Muller. Leipzigs Christopher Nkunku has 14.

Along with Sancho, Baker and Lookman, Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke) and Reece Oxford (Gladbach) are Englishmen in the league. Welshman Rabbi Matondo is at Schalke.

This is what BT have on offer from the Bundesliga this weekend:

Saturday 16th May
14:30 Kick Offs -
-Dortmund vs Schalke
-Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
-Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
-Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
-RB Leipzig vs SC Freiburg
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach - 17:30

Sunday 17th May
FC Cologne vs Mainz - 14:30
Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich - 17:00

Monday 18th May
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen - 19:30

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by Thor (U22388)
posted 15 minutes ago
Thanks. Good recap. Take 5..

Dortmund to win and over 2.5 goals incoming.
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Not sure if we should expect high scoring games or not. Would think there will be a lot of disjointed performances, although that could mean defensive weaknesses as much as a lack of attacking threat.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Good article 👍

comment by Neo (U9135)

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Can't wait for football to return and will see you on the thread tomorrow DJ

Torn between supporting Dortmund and Werner.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Didn't read it but excited for Man Utd against Schalke tomorrow. Although I hope we don't risk Sancho getting injured. The best player in the world for me at the moment. I am looking forward to watching him for the first time tomorrow.

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Borussia Monchenmonchenmonchengladtobeback

comment by Pun (U21588)

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by Paul Tosh (U1734)
posted 2 hours, 7 minutes ago
Didn't read it but excited for Man Utd against Schalke tomorrow. Although I hope we don't risk Sancho getting injured. The best player in the world for me at the moment. I am looking forward to watching him for the first time tomorrow.
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And that's coming from a big diddy team fan

comment by Thor (U22388)

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by D'Jeezus Mackaroni (U1137)
posted 5 hours, 12 minutes ago
comment by Thor (U22388)
posted 15 minutes ago
Thanks. Good recap. Take 5..

Dortmund to win and over 2.5 goals incoming.
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Not sure if we should expect high scoring games or not. Would think there will be a lot of disjointed performances, although that could mean defensive weaknesses as much as a lack of attacking threat.
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I was thinking the same but I can see Dortmund scoring at least a couple and there's no way they keep a clean sheet IMO. Contrary to what some may expect, I'll stick my neck out and say it will be a high scoring matchday. Most if not all games over 1.5 at least.

posted 2 weeks ago

It will be a mockery and nothing but a footballing parody

posted 2 weeks ago

Why not tag this on the arsenal board?


<tumbleweed>

posted 2 weeks ago

Can only tag 2 teams.
Why don't you post on the Feyenoord board?

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