Bundesliga Matchday 32 Predictions and Betting Picks (2021)

| May 7, 2021 9:37 am PDT

The Bundesliga returns after a week off – and we now know who will be in charge of Bayern and RB Leipzig next season after Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that he would be taking over from Hansi Flick. American coach Jesse Marsch will be moving from Salzburg to sister club Leipzig.

The title has been all but decided for a few weeks now, and Bayern Munich will be crowned champion if it can beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. It might even have already won if Leipzig doesn’t manage to beat Dortmund earlier in the day.

The real excitement is at the other end of the table, though, as a group of clubs do their very best to escape the drop – and the anxiety of a relegation playoff. With Hertha Berlin still playing catch up after COVID forced the postponement of a string of fixtures, there is still a lot to be decided.

Bottom of Bundesliga Standings
Team Played Points
Mainz 31 35
Augsburg 31 33
Hertha Berlin 30 30
Werder Bremen 31 30
Arminia Bielefeld 31 30
Koln 31 29
Schalke (R) 30 13

Matchday 32 kicks off on Friday, and I will be looking at all eight games in the Bundesliga and sharing three of my betting picks for the weekend’s action in Germany.

Stuttgart to Beat Augsburg

It must be said that Stuttgart has enjoyed a particularly successful season but hasn’t been the same since Silas was injured in the game against Bayern Munich. There has been just one win in the five games since, but the visit of Augsburg seems like an excellent chance to get some more points on the board.

Augsburg hopes that a new head coach can provide the impetus needed to escape a protracted relegation battle over the next few weeks. Heiko Herrlich was let go after four winless games dropped the Bavarian club back into the mix at the bottom. Markus Weinzierl has the task of keeping the club up now but might find this first game in charge a little difficult.

Borussia Dortmund to Beat RB Leipzig

One of the more fearsome attacking units in the Bundesliga comes up against the strongest defense on Saturday as Dortmund welcomes Leipzig to the Westfalenstadion. The home side has won its last four games, scoring a barrage of goals, and now has Eintracht Frankfurt and the fourth Champions League spot in its sights.

RB Leipzig seems to be more interested in getting ready for next season, with the naming of a new head coach and a dropping off in results.

Realistic chances of a league title disappeared weeks ago, and now there is very little to play for, aside from pride.

Leipzig may stop a lot of what Dortmund will be throwing at it on Saturday, but I feel that Erling Haaland and his teammates will break through eventually to take all three points.

Hoffenheim to Beat Schalke

Hoffenheim has done just enough over the last few weeks to escape the drama at the bottom of the Bundesliga – and will be confident of another three points on Saturday. This will consolidate what has become a fairly comfortable mid-table position. Four games unbeaten – even with three of them being drawn – has erased any doubts about staying up, and now a demoralized Schalke is up next.

Schalke’s relegation has been one of the more predictable aspects of the Bundesliga season. The Gelsenkirchen club needs to use this time to prepare for next year in the second tier – and work out how it will return to the top flight. There are very few positives to be said for Schalke in a season that has been so bad. The fans could probably do with something to celebrate over the next few weeks, but it seems unlikely that that will happen this weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen to Beat Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen is in real danger of going down this season after seven straight defeats have seen the club drop from 12th in the table to just one point off the bottom two. Injuries have been a problem for Florian Kohfeldt’s side, and he will not want to repeat the playoff drama of last season yet again. But form is the most important factor at this time of the season – and Bremen does not have it at the moment.

Added to Werder Bremen’s woes is that Bayer Leverkusen is still chasing a European place this year.

A place in the Europa Conference League is not entirely assured. Still, there may even be a possibility of making the Europa or even Champions League with a bit of luck.

Three points from this fixture are, therefore, a necessity – and that should be very doable.

Wolfsburg to Beat Union Berlin

Wout Weghorst may have been one of the most prolific strikers in the Bundesliga this year. Still, the Wolfsburg defense should take a bow as Champions League soccer is a distinct possibility next season. The Wolves are second only to RB Leipzig in goals conceded and should be able to keep out an enthusiastic, yet limited, Union Berlin forward line this weekend.

Die Eisernen tend to beat their opponents in the middle of the pitch. They still have an outside chance of a European place, so the result of this game is far from decided. But the remaining fixtures are tough, and head coach Urs Fischer will probably be happy enough with the top half finish and is by far the better team in Berlin this season.

Bayern Munich to Beat Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern faces Gladbach in the late game on Saturday, knowing that a victory will sew up a ninth successive Bundesliga title. Things did look a little shaky earlier in the season, but the Bavarian giant has been far stronger, with a much deeper squad than anyone else, yet again. The surprise defeat to Mainz last time out delayed the celebrations, but Robert Lewandowski did get to return to the pitch, and he could get back on the scoresheet this weekend.

After falling away from the European places in March, and following Marco Rose’s announcement that he would be leaving in the summer, the Foals still have an outside chance of a top-six finish. Defeat here could end those continental aspirations, leaving the likes of Marcus Thuram and Lars Stindl wondering how the season turned out so bad.

Freiburg to Beat Koln

This time of season always throws up some interesting results. Koln has played its part in the last few weeks, recording back-to-back wins for the first time since the end of January. Those six points have been invaluable for the Billy Goats, but there needs to be more. The situation is so close at the bottom of the table that Koln cannot trust any other relegation candidates not to pull out a few surprises of their own.

Freiburg found out on Thursday when it was comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Hertha in Berlin. It also took a late penalty to snatch a point against Hoffenheim in the previous fixture as well.

There always seems to be a lack of pressure on the Black Forest club. Although their chances of qualifying for Europe have disappeared, a win against a nervous Koln would help them finish in the top half.

Eintracht Frankfurt to Beat Mainz

Adi Hutter may be on his way to Borussia Monchengladbach, but he knows his current Frankfurt side is in the same position that it was two years ago before it crashed and burned, missing out on Champions League qualification. After remaining in the top four since the start of the year, the Eagles have now lost two out of the last three.

They are in danger of being overtaken by Dortmund and/or Leverkusen; three points is an absolute must here.

But Mainz will not be an easy opponent. After looking dead and buried a few months ago, Bo Svensson has done a remarkable job, overseeing a climb up the table that now has the club just about safe. There have been eight games without defeat now for the 05ers, including victory over Bayern and the draw against Hertha last time. Mainz shouldn’t need any more points to stay up but will push Frankfurt all the way here.

Hertha Berlin to Beat Arminia Bielefeld

Even Hertha head coach Pal Dardai couldn’t have believed that his rotation policy for his club’s fixture overload would have worked so successfully. After getting the all-clear to play after self-isolating, Hertha drew away at an improved Mainz before thrashing Freiburg 3-0 on Thursday. With some of his better players resting for the majority of that game, there is real hope that the capital city club will escape the drop now.

Arminia Bielefeld will be hoping that the sheer amount of games that Hertha has to play over these two weeks will start to tell, as this is a real relegation six-pointer. Hertha might have picked up four points in four days, but it is still only above Bielefeld on goal difference, so a positive result here for Frank Kramer’s side would keep the pressure up. The 5-0 defeat at the hands of Monchengladbach brought Bielefeld back to Earth with a bump, though – and it will definitely be the underdog here.

My Betting Picks for Match Day 32 in the Bundesliga

There are not a lot of attractive long odds on offer this week in the Bundesliga, as the bookies obviously believe that the fixtures are fairly predictable. But I have picked out three that might be worth looking at.

Stuttgart to Beat Augsburg at 2.05

I have been very impressed with Stuttgart this season. It might have only been that injury to star man Silas that stopped the promoted club from taking one of the European places in the end. Recent form has not been good, but I see Augsburg as the perfect opposition for that run to end.

Borussia Dortmund to Beat RB Leipzig at 2.05

These odds are from Betway, but you may be able to find better elsewhere, as I think there will be some belief that Leipzig will want to see the season out in style. For me, Dortmund has picked up the pace in the last few weeks. That makes the home win more likely, whatever the price.

Freiburg to Beat Koln at 3.50

All the pressure is on Koln here as it attempts to cling to its Bundesliga status. But the odds for the away win look very good, considering Freiburg looks like it will finish in the top half of the table after another very good season. Koln only just escaped the drop last season, and I think it will be just as close this year.

Dan Roberts
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.

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