Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich will be out to cement their path to an eighth successive title when they host relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday evening.
Joshua Kimmich’s delightful chip in the midweek win against closest challengers Dortmund put Bayern on course for a 30th Bundesliga title. Bayern are now just 12 points away from an eighth-consecutive title. Their chances were also boosted by RB Leipzig’s failure to keep pace after drawing 2-2 at home to Hertha Berlin on Wednesday. Bayern are now seven points clear at the summit of the table with just 6 games to go. They are on fire at the moment having won their last nine games in all competitions and 13 of their last 14 matches in the Bundesliga. Another victory here will continue extinguishing any hopes that the chasing pack may have had of potential slip-ups from the defending champions.
Bayern tactician Hansi Flick deserves full credit for the turnaround they have had from the moment he took up the mantle. They next face Fortuna Dusseldorf who they thrashed 4-0 when they locked horns in November. The visitors come into this game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Schalke to help them in their struggles against relegation. Saturday’s match at home to Fortuna will be no easy ride for the Bavarians, as the visitors continue their fight against relegation, but it is hard to look past the incredible form Hansi Flick’s men are in. Although Dusseldorf are trying really hard at the moment, history is not on their side as Bayern have won nine of the previous 11 meetings between the two sides in Germany’s top flight.
Coach Flick is not expected to make major changes to the side that virtually sealed the deal for them at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday. Central midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Thiago are still on the treatment table and it is still too soon for Niklas Sule to return to action. On-loan Philippe Coutinho is still out on a long-term ankle injury.
Dusseldorf coach Uwe Rosler will be imploring upon his team to maintain the momentum they have been trying to build in their battle against relegation. That fight got a huge boost in their last game as they beat Schalke 2-1 at home on Wednesday to pick up three huge points and end a run of five games without a win. This result is was a huge morale booster ahead of this game as well as breathing some life in their relegation fight. Although they still remained in 16th place, within a point of 15th-placed Mainz while they are now two behind Eintracht Frankfurt in 14th.
A look their remaining fixtures reads like a horror book for their supporters. They are scheduled to face Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim and it will, therefore, take nothing short of a miraculous run to survive the chop. That run for coach Rosler begins with this game. Should Dusseldorf beat the odds at the Allianz Arena, they would move further away from the relegation territory – possibly above Mainz and Eintracht Frankfurt should both sides lose to Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg respectively earlier in the day.
Rosler has no new injuries to contend with before their trip to the Allianz Arena. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen is still ruled out. Bernard Tekpetey could possibly be available for selection back to the squad following a minor injury. Turkish international Karaman and Hennings, who scored both strikes against Schalke should maintain their places for this match.
Bayern Munich have been destroying everything on their path to a 30th Bundesliga title. Dusseldorf have been good customers to them and they have beaten them in six of their last seven league encounters scoring an average of about 4 goals in these victories. Dusseldorf have had decent results lately even as they continue battling relegation, but with the form Bayern is on, it’s difficult to envisage anything but a comfortable home win for the hosts. We are going for Halftime/Fulltime Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich @ 1.35 as our initial betting tip for this game.
The appointment of Uwe Rosler has seen Dusseldorf adopt a much more attacking mentality. They have actually scored 19 goals scored in his 11 matches in charge. Although they lost 4-0 to Bayern in the reverse fixture, they should be able to pose a bigger threat this time. They are unbeaten in their last 6 games and have scored 10 goals in that span. They will play harder than the reverse leg and we expect them get one in the back of the net. 1xBet betting app‘s offer of 2.02 for BTTS is good value and we are going with it for our final betting tip.
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