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Bundesliga Preview: Can Bayern do it without Lewandowski?

| 12.06.2020

Many might see this as a four-week title procession for Bayern Munich, but they did lose to their next opponents – Borussia Monchengladbach – earlier this season.

We delve into the reasons it could happen again plus we look at the rest of the Bundesliga weekend including Schalke versus Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach – (Sat, 17:30)

On paper, this could well be Bayern Munich’s toughest remaining fixture, and the scars of their 2-1 loss to M’Gladbach will still be raw – They’re 2/5 to get revenge but will be without suspended pair Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

Hansi Flick could hand Ivan Perisic the false nine role or give youngster Joshua Zirkzee a run out up top. This could play into Gladbach’s hands who are at 6/1 for victory.

Gaffer Marco Rose may set-up on the counter-attack with Marcus Thuram (21/10 to score anytime) and Breel Embolo either side of captain Lars Stindl (9/1 to open the scoring).

A draw that would strengthen Bayern’s position as top dogs is at 4/1 – but Gladbach know more dropped points could spell the end of their Champions League charge.

Bayern’s Serge Gnabry was injured for the DFL-Pokal semi-final with Frankfurt but if fit, he’s 3/4 to score anytime.

Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen (Sun, 17:00)

Wagner is desperate for three points this weekend

Schalke stopped the rot last time out with a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin. Can David Wagner’s side go one better and get three points this weekend? It’ll be tough and our traders reflect that at 24/5.

The home had to rely on full back Jonjoe Kenny to bag their goal last weekend, and we go Under 2.5 Goals at 8/13.

They take on a swash-buckling Leverkusen side who can be mesmerising one moment and look like complete strangers the next. But it is Die Werkself who are the 8/15 pre-match favourites.

Kai Havertz could return from injury and is 23/20 to score anytime. Kevin Volland made his comeback from injury against Bayern and is 13/10 to notch.

Schalke’s Ahmed Kutucu is 10/3 and team-mate Michael Gregoritsch is 10/1 to bag first.

Best of the rest

Julian Nagelsmann goes back to Hoffenheim tonight with his RB Leipzig side. The home side are 6/1 for victory, while Timo Werner is 14/5 to score first in a Die Roten Bullen win.

Borussia Dortmund are a short 29/20 To Win to Nil against relegation threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf (15/2 for victory).

Hertha Berlin are one of the surprise packages of the restart – losing only once in five games. The Berlin side are 21/20 to get the better of a tricky Eintracht Frankfurt.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.

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Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.