Bundesliga Football Tips: 16th & 17th May
Hello and welcome once again to the first group of tips for a good while!
You don’t know how good it feels to write that again after so many weeks.
This weekend the Bundesliga will get underway behind closed doors for the nine games played from Saturday through to Monday night. All 18 teams in the division will play their next game in what is the first meaningful action in a top European league since early March.
And although we usually focus on games in the Premier League, with that likely not to be an option until at least June, if not later, then for the time being, we will be focusing on the action taking place across the North Sea over the coming weeks.
It feels great to be back offering up some footie tips, let’s hope this is the start of what will be a slow return back to normality. Here’s my tips for this weekend’s action in Germany.
Weekend Football Tips: Saturday 16th May
One of the biggest derby games in German football may lack the atmosphere of these occasions in usual circumstances, but there will be no less passion and pride on display when these two teams lock horns on Saturday afternoon.
Schalke actually have a good recent record at Signal Iduna Park. Last season they won their game there and the year before, despite being 4-0 down at one point, they made an amazing comeback to draw the game 4-4. Those two results will rankle with Dortmund who will be very keen to get one over their near neighbours.
After a strong season, Dortmund lie behind Bayern in the table but they do have an impressive young strike force that includes Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland who has netted nine times (in just 8 games playing 512 minutes) already since signing for the club in the January transfer window from Red Bull Salzburg.
Schalke have improved since last season and this will be a battle, but I feel Dortmund have that extra attacking edge needed to get the job done here, but this is a game that does feel like goals will be scored at both ends.
This is a crucial relegation battle for both these teams. Paderborn need a win to close the gap on Bremen and Dusseldorf ranked just above them having amassed 16 points. A defeat for the visitors here and they would be 9 points behind Dusseldorf with just eight games left to play.
In contrast, a win for Dusseldorf could move them 7 points clear of the automatic relegation spots and move them closer to Mainz, Augsburg and Hertha Berlin, giving them a real chance to avoid the relegation play off against a team from the Bundesliga II at the end of the season.
Dusseldorf had also been in much better form in the weeks before the season closed down and if they can continue that form, which had seen them defeated just once in the last five games, then I feel they should have a good chance here against a Paderborn side that leak lots of goals.
The home side do find goals hard to come by, with just 27 this season, but one goal may be all they need to secure a vital win here.
Of all the games on Saturday, this is the match that I think has the potential to be the most intriguing. Frankfurt struggled a little this season after losing a significant number of key players of their successful team from last year. However, their form heading into the enforced break was improving and they started to look a much more fluent side.
Borussia Moenchengladbach have been consistent performers in the Bundesliga once again this season. The team, while not blessed with too many household names, are a well-rounded until that have fully earned their fourth spot in the table and a shot at Champions League qualification for next season.
However, this is a tough ask to go on the road and secure a win against a Frankfurt side that is now showing signs of starting to gel. A few weeks back, I’d have gone for a Borussia win here, but now I think Frankfurt may have just enough to secure something from the game. Back this one to be a draw, although I feel both teams will find the net.
Bundesliga Tips: Sunday 17th May
It was a shock when Koln were relegated out of the Bundesliga I a few years back, but they returned to the top flight at the first attempt winning Bundesliga II last season and earning promotion back into the top flight, where they have performed well to sit comfortably in mid-table.
Mainz usually occupy a position similar to that in the Bundesliga but they have slipped down to 15th this season and their form over the course of the whole season has been somewhat erratic and they are one of the league’s most inconsistent teams. Capable of giving any team a game on their day, but equally, they can lose to any team when not at their best too.
Mainz won the reverse fixture between the two teams 3-1 in October last year and Koln will be keen to put what was a disappointing performance there behind them and gain some revenge here. They have a good record at home and I think that if their defence can keep a clean sheet, then they may do just enough to earn themselves a key win.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.