Bundesliga: Imperious Bayern Look Unstoppable

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Bayern Munich look set to retain the Bundesliga title, but which teams are in contention for European places?

Lewandowski celebrating with Bayern teammates

Another weekend, another win for Bayern Munich. Hansi Flick’s men look to have one hand on the Bundesliga title after another comfortable home win.

The defending champions, fresh from a crucial away win at rivals Borussia Dortmund in midweek, cruised to a 5-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Allianz Arena.

Two more goals for Robert Lewandowski saw the Polish striker reach 43 goals in all competitions this season, edging Bayern closer to a 30th league title.

The lead at the top is seven points, as Dortmund responded in fine fashion to Tuesday’s gut-wrenching Der Klassiker defeat. Lucien Favre’s men won 1-6 at Paderborn, despite being held 0-0 at the break.

Even without Erling Haaland, BVB –28/1 to win the title* – looked electric going forward in the second half, with England star Jadon Sancho bagging a hat-trick on his return to the starting XI.

Julian Nagelsmann playing in the Bundesliga

Champions League Battle

The most fascinating battle appears to be for the remaining two Champions League places, with key wins over the weekend for Borussia Monchengladbach (4/5 for a top-four finish) and Bayer Leverkusen (5/7).

Third-placed Gladbach ran in four goals in a 4-1 home success over Union Berlin on Sunday afternoon, while Leverkusen were 0-1 winners at Freiburg on Friday night.

Those two victories have seen RB Leipzig slip to fifth, ahead of their trip to Cologne on Monday evening, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men knowing victory will see them leapfrog their two European rivals. The hosts are 17/4 to collect the three points, with Leipzig the 5/9 favourites and the draw can be backed at 7/2.

Leipzig are unbeaten in nine Bundesliga matches, but four draws in their last five games have seen them slip out of the title race.

Cologne are seven points above the bottom three and look to be safe from the drop, despite failing to win any of their last four league games. They do have an impressive record though on home soil, with just one defeat (against Bayern) in their last nine Bundesliga games at the RheinEnergie Stadion.

Cologne lost 4-1 in the reverse fixture at the Red Bull Arena back in November, whilst Leipzig also won in Cologne last season – recording a 1-2 away success.

Four Teams Seek Last Europa Place

Meanwhile, it’s looking like a four-way battle for the final Europa League place, with Wolfsburg currently in that valuable sixth-place. The Wolves are ahead of Hoffenheim on goal difference, with Freiburg (8th) and Hertha Berlin (9th) a further four points behind.

With Paderborn now nine points adrift of safety, it looks like being two from six for the second relegation place and the relegation play-off spot.

Werder Bremen currently occupy 19th place on 25 points, with Fortuna Dusseldorf now third-from-bottom on 27 points having lost just one of their last seven league games.

Mainz (28 points), Union Berlin (31 points), Augsburg (31 points) and Eintracht Frankfurt (32 points) will all be looking over their shoulders. Werder and Frankfurt meet in midweek in their game in hand – Match Odds, Werder Bremen 17/10, Draw 47/20, Eintracht Frankfurt 8/5.

*All odds quoted correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.
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