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Bundesliga Predictions for Matchday 22: Predictions for Every Game

| February 11, 2020 11:33 am PDT
Bundesliga Match Day 22 Predictions

The big game of matchday 21 ended in a goalless stalemate, as Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig were unable to breach each other’s defenses at the Allianz Arena. Bayern dominated the first half, but it was Leipzig that probably had the best chances to take the points. A draw is a good result for the challengers, though, as it keeps the title race well and truly alive.

Borussia Monchengladbach was unable to take advantage of that draw as its game against Koln was called off due to the weather, but the rest of the round went ahead across the rest of the country. Bayer Leverkusen beat Dortmund in a seven-goal thriller, and there were good wins for Mainz and Union Berlin as well.

This week, Leipzig will look to get back to winning ways at home to Werder Bremen, and Bayern will travel north to take on Koln. Here, I’ll be offering my predictions for Germany’s Bundesliga matchday 22 games.

Borussia Dortmund to Beat Eintracht Frankfurt

Emre Can announced his return to the Bundesliga in sensational fashion with a stunning goal. But it was not good enough to secure all three points as Dortmund succumbed to two late goals from his old club, Leverkusen. The game was an excellent advert for the Bundesliga, but Dortmund will be annoyed that it could not close the gap on the leaders. In even more surprising news, Erling Braut Haaland failed to score. He will be looking to put that right against Frankfurt on Friday.

Eintracht Frankfurt certainly enjoyed itself last week by progressing in the DFB Cup and trouncing Augsburg at the weekend. USMNT international Timothy Chandler returned for the Eagles, who ran riot in the second half to end up winning 5-0. It was a comprehensive win for Frankfurt, who has struggled to replicate last season’s performances during this campaign.

That win will put the visitors in good stead for the trip to Dortmund, but I’m not sure they will come away with anything.

Freiburg to Beat Augsburg

That thrashing at the hands of Frankfurt was a bitter blow to Augsburg as it attempts to climb out of the lower half of the table. Martin Schmidt’s side has not played well since the winter break and now has just one win in its last five games. The form just preceding this dip was very good, so there will be hope at the club that it can somehow work out how to get back to winning ways.

Freiburg arrested a slide of its own last weekend, as a penalty from Luca Waldschmidt was enough to take the points against Hoffenheim. The striker has never missed a penalty in the Bundesliga, and it was the difference in what was a highly entertaining game. If Freiburg can find its own return to form, then those dreams of a European place may well still be realized.

Hoffenheim to Beat Wolfsburg

Hoffenheim will have European aspirations of its own, and the signing of striker Mounas Dabbur looks like a positive sign in achieving that goal. The loss to Freiburg last week was disappointing, given the team’s chances, but there will be confidence ahead of the visit of Wolfsburg. Home form has been patchy this season, but there should be enough in the squad to manage the win here.

Wolfsburg kept up its record of never having lost to Fortuna in the top two divisions last week, but it had to manage with ten men for the majority of the second half after defender Marin Pongracic was sent off in the 48th minute. His side was already one down at the point but rallied to grab a point.

The dip in form seems to have stopped for now, but this is going to be a hard game to get anything from.

RB Leipzig to Beat Werder Bremen

A point away to Bayern in the Allianz Arena has to be regarded as a good result for Leipzig, even if Timo Werner missed a glaring chance to record a famous victory.

The point keeps the gap at the top to just one point and puts the pressure on both sides to not slip up. With Dortmund breathing down their necks, there is no room for error. So, a home game against Werder Bremen is just about perfect for Julian Nagelsmann and his team.

That’s because Bremen is in deep trouble near the bottom of the Bundesliga table. Another home defeat, at the hands of Union Berlin last week, meant that the northern German club has only managed one win at its own Weserstadion all season. It is just one point ahead of Paderborn now and has a tough set of fixtures coming up, so there doesn’t seem to be any respite any time soon. Leipzig has only lost once at the Red Bull Arena, and that isn’t going to change on Saturday.

Hertha Berlin to Beat Paderborn

Hertha just didn’t create enough chances in its defeat at home to Mainz last week and will travel to Paderborn on Saturday without Jurgen Klinsmann in the manager’s role. He has quit the post after just 76 days, although he says he will remain at the club in his previous capacity. Life is never boring in Berlin, but a relegation battle is not something that anyone wants at the Olympiastadion.

Paderborn actually picked up what could be a valuable point on the road last week as a late goal took a share of the spoils against Schalke. The promoted club is still five points from safety, though, and there needs to be some three-point hauls coming up if an immediate return to Bundesliga 2 is not to become a reality. This Hertha side would seem to be a potential scalp, but the visitors should come away with the win here.

Bayer Leverkusen to Beat Union Berlin

Leverkusen will still be on a high after its win over Dortmund and will travel to Berlin believing that another three points can be collected from one of the clubs that came up from the second tier this season. With so much attention centered on Bayern, Leipzig, and Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen’s performances have flown under the radar somewhat, but it is currently fifth and has won four of its last five league games.

Union Berlin did manage a good win away at Werder Bremen last week, but inconsistency has been the major problem for Urs Fischer’s side this season. A mid-table finish would be a major achievement, however, so if this team can keep up its current form, then it should be okay for another top-flight season next year.

The Stadion An der Alten Forsterei can be an intimidating place to go for opposing sides, but Leverkusen may well come away with the points.

Borussia Monchengladbach to Beat Fortuna Dusseldorf

Monchengladbach ended up with an unexpected week off on matchday 21 as stormy conditions put paid to its game against Koln. But a draw between Leipzig and Bayern, plus a defeat for Dortmund, made it a pretty good weekend after all. Now Marco Rose’s side sits in fourth, just four points off the top with a game in hand. If it can manage a victory in Dusseldorf, then Monchengladbach will have to be included in conversations about the Bundesliga title once again.

Uwe Rosler may not have picked up his first league win as Fortuna boss last weekend, but another point will be cherished in the battle to avoid relegation to Bundesliga 2. There has been just one win in eleven games for Dusseldorf, but recent results can be largely disregarded because of the change in management. Fortuna may have given itself a chance of survival by bringing in Rosler in, but a win here might be a tough ask.

Bayern Munich to Beat Koln

The draw at home to rivals RB Leipzig will probably be seen as a disappointment, but for large periods of the game, Bayern looked the better side, with Alphonso Davies particularly good for the home team. With all the build-up play, Robert Lewandowski never really got any chances to win the points for the champions, but he should get more chances against Koln.

Koln may well have an impressive fan base, but the team is struggling once again in the top flight and will be huge underdogs even at home against Bayern Munich. But there has been an incredible revival in recent weeks with Koln winning five out of six to catapult itself up the table. Markus Gisdol’s side is now six points ahead of the bottom three and might be able to stay up if it can keep up some kind of consistency between now and the end of the season.

Mainz and Schalke to Draw

Mainz is still to draw a game this season in the league but managed to beat Hertha last week in the Olympiastadion to pick up its first points since before Christmas. It was an impressive hat-trick from Robin Quaison that did the damage, and it will have returned some confidence to a team that had looked demoralized recently. That upturn in fortune might be just enough to grab another point at home against Schalke on Sunday.

Schalke is another of the clubs sniffing around the European places without ever really making a major play to be involved. There might only be one loss in seven games, but only two of those games were actually won, neither of which were away from home. There is still a very good chance that Schalke will qualify for the Europa League this season, but it will be down to the form of other teams as much as it is the results of David Wagner’s team.

Final Words

The Bundesliga continues to be one of the closest leagues in Europe, with just four points separating the top four and all teams gaining good results against their immediate rivals. I expect Bayern, Leipzig, Dortmund, and Monchengladbach all to return to winning ways this weekend, so the uncertainty about who will win the title will carry on for a while yet.

You can place your bets on all Bundesliga games every week, and you can find all the information you need about where to find the best markets by taking a look at our guide to betting on soccer here.

Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.

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