Matchday 20 of the Bundesliga season has arrived and Borussia Dortmund are still comfortably in the top spot, eight points ahead of Bayern Munich. At the opposite end of the table, Hannover 96 and Nürnberg need to start the turnaround or they could be relegated at the end of the season.
February 1, 2019
Hannover 96 vs. RB Leipzig
I see a comfortable Leipzig victory in this match. Hannover are really struggling and lost 5-1 to Dortmund their last time out. Hannover also have the second worst goals conceded marks this term, and a clinical Leipzig attack should prey on that. Expect goals for Leipzig in this one.
Prediction: Hannover 96 0-3 RB Leipzig
February 2, 2019
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
This should be a fixture that Hoffenheim win, but I can’t count against a surprise Düsseldorf result in the match. However, I still think the visitors will be unable to pick up points, but should be able to mount an effective resistance given how SC Freiburg fared at home against Hoffenheim last time out. I expect neither side to keep a clean sheet, and Hoffenheim will have enough to see this game out.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Nürnberg vs. Werder Bremen
The visitors come to play the side rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table, Nürnberg. The hosts also have the worst goals conceded mark this term which does not bode well against a team currently sitting near the middle of the table. I can’t see past the visitors in this match that should see them walk out with a comfortable win.
Prediction: Nürnberg 0-2 Werder Bremen
Hertha Berlin vs. VfL Wolfsburg
The hosts face a tough matchup against a Wolfsburg side that has turned things around this season. Both sides sit within striking distance of a European place, but the result here could be influential going forward as both teams are level on points and goal differential. I don’t see much between the two sides, but I would not be surprised if Hertha Berlin do win this match.
Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Dortmund
Eintracht Frankfurt host the current first-place team Borussia Dortmund, and the reverse fixture was dominated by Dortmund. I expect similar proceedings in this match as Dortmund have had a fairly easy go of things lately. Don’t count out the hosts, but this is a match Dortmund will hope to win if they are to be crowned champions at the end of the season.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich
Leverkusen have righted the ship in their recent slate of matches, but they come up on a tough home match in a situation where they badly need points so that they don’t fall out of contention for a European place next year. Meanwhile, the visitors are still trying to claw back into the title fight and mount the pressure on Dortmund. I see the visitors being able to win this match quite comfortably, and keep the race for the title on.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Bayern Munich
Shalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
This has been a disappointing league season for Schalke despite the fact that they sit in the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Their opponents are repeating many of the same highs that Schalke hit last year as they currently sit third in the league ahead of RB Leipzig, who won on Friday. I think this is a very interesting contest, and I am going to predict a goal-heavy draw.
Prediction: Schalke 04 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
February 3, 2019
Augsburg vs. Mainz 05
This is an interesting match as the home side are desperately in need of points if they hope to stay in the Bundesliga for another season. The visitors have pulled away from the relegation scrap by pulling off solid results and comfortably sit safely in the bottom half of the league table. I see the visitors grabbing a quality win here.
Prediction: Augsburg 1-2 Mainz 05
VfB Stuttgart vs. SC Freiburg
This is another match that will have massive implications in the relegation fight as both sides seek to put some distance between themselves and the final relegation playoff spot. The home side have had trouble keeping the goals out, while the visitors will hope that their attack is firing on all cylinders. I actually go for a narrow win for the visitors although I can’t see much between the two sides.
Prediction: VfB Stuttgart 0-1 SC Freiburg