Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Bayern Munich welcome struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf to the Allianz Arean on Saturday evening, with Hansi Flick’s men hoping to tighten their grip on the Bundesliga title. Uwe Rosler’s Fortuna are battling relegation but have shown some real fight since the season resumed and will be no pushovers for Bayern. Here, we preview the match for you and point you in the direction of where the best betting value can be found. Read on for an expert analysis of the match.
Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich captured all the headlines earlier this week. The German international’s chipped goal in the clash with Borussia Dortmund enabled his team to go seven points clear of their closest rivals in the table with just six games remaining. The midfielder has now scored five goals and provided three assists in the current campaign. Betway have the 25-year-old priced at 4.00 to score at any time in the game against Dusseldorf, which might not be a bad bet. He also covered eight and half miles of distance against Dortmund, highlighting his workrate.
Uwe Rosler has been pleased with the fighting spirit that his team have shown since the Bundesliga resumed. Unbeaten in the three matches since the resumption, they have been beaten just once in the nine games they have played since Rosler took charge of the team in January. They beat Schalke 04 2-1 at home earlier this week. With their record since resumption now standing at two draws and a victory, the Flingeraner have climbed to 16th place in the table and are building some handy momentum in their battle to avoid the drop out of the top flight.
For Bayern, this match might feel like something of a return to mundane reality after the heady heights of the Der Klassiker victory over Dortmund earlier this week. Flick will need to ensure that his team are psychologically for this game, as Dusseldorf will be well motivated. Rosler’s team are on a roll and will want to catch the Reds off-guard on Saturday evening. Fortuna showed the kind of fighting spirit that gets teams out of the relegation mire. Although they went a goal down to Schalke in the 53rd minute, Rouwen Hennings and Kenan Karaman soon scored within the space of five minutes to turn the game around and secure victory. Bayern could find any complacency quickly punished at the Allianz on Saturday night.
Bayern are now seven points clear at the top of the table, with Dortmund in second place. With just six games left, they look like champions-elect. Fortuna will be delighted if they can disrupt the Reds’ seemingly unstoppable march to the 2019/20 Bundesliga crown.
Recent games between teams, however, would seem to indicate that Fortuna do not have much of a chance on Saturday. The Dusseldorf outfit have been beaten in their last five games against the Reds, although that run does include two Telekom Cup defeats on penalties following 0-0 draws. The number of goals that Fortuna concede against Bayern will worry Rosler. The last two matches between the sides have seen Bayern score eight goals and Fortuna just one. Bayern have scored four in both of those clashes – if you think they can repeat that feat on Saturday then Betway have odds of 7.00 for the Reds to win 4-0, and 12.00 for them to win 4-1.
But this Fortuna team is a different beast under Rosler’s coaching. The former Manchester City man has instilled a genuine spirit in his team and they will be no pushovers for the men from Munich. They will need to work hard to contain the likes of Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski, though.
Our prediction for this game is that it will be a tight affair and the home side will have to work very hard indeed to ensure victory against a Fortuna team that is sure to be well up for this clash. In the end, though, we expect Bayern to take another three points on their journey to the title. Robert Lewnadowski could be the key man, so our recommended tip for the match comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 2.70 on the Pole scoring and his team winning. This could be the kind of tight game where you need a star to shine at a clutch moment.