League Leaders Host Relegation Threatened Düsseldorf
Last updated: May 29, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Düsseldorf 0 – 4 Bayern|
The German’s monopoly of top-flight football is potentially over in two weeks with the English Premier League set to resume on the 17th of June. By that date, Bayern Munich could already be crowned champions. A win against struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday would be a giant stride towards the title, whereas Düsseldorf need points to avoid the drop.
This season Bayern had every justifiable reason to slip up; they fired their under-par manager, Niko Kovac, midway through the season, had numerous injury scares to key players. They let go Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery without high-profile replacements, not forgetting the sudden hiatus of domestic football. They, however, resurged even stronger undergoing a generational change in its ranks with names such as Alphonso Davies, Serge Gnabry, and Joshua Kimmich emerging to sparkle in the Bundesliga.
Kimmich’s classic looping goal was a masterclass winner against their perennial rivals Borussia Dortmund beating them 1 – 0 at the Signal Iduna Park. The most significant danger for Bayern over the next six games will be themselves if they are complacent and manage to slip up having already established a commanding seven-point advantage.
Han-Dieter Flick has had a great run as the manager overseeing his side to nine straight wins in all competition and is yet to lose a match this year. They have a three-goal advantage in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against Chelsea and a semi-final match against Frankfurt in the domestic cup.
Thomas Muller has been an unsung hero for the Bavarians with seven goals and 17 assists in the league. Bayern’s only disappointment in the midweek encounter is that Robert Lewandoski, who is being rooted for the Ballon d’Or did not improve his tally of 27 League goals and 40 goals in all competitions. The 31-year old Polish captain has netted in nine of the previous ten.
Fortuna Düsseldorf now occupies the play-off relegation spot one point behind Mainz who are in the safety zone and five points ahead of Werder Bremen who have a game in hand. The going is set to be a lot tougher as Uwe Rosler’s side still has matches against strong teams such as; Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Hoffenheim meaning the odds are against them to play top-flight football next season. They need to pull off a David v Goliath performance for three precious points that will elevate them above Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz. Hoping the two sides lose their subsequent matches to Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.
They had a great match in mid-week with a hard-fought 2 – 1 comeback win against Schalke 04 to extend the David Wagner’s winless run to ten games. They conceded in the 53rd minute when Weston McKennie scored a diving header from a delicious Bastian Oczipka cross. Their most valuable player, Hennings, came through for them with a 63rd-minute equalizer before Kenan Karaman completed the turnaround with a close-range finish.
The saving grace for manager Uwe Rosler is that they have not seen defeat in six games and their balance in defence and midfield looking well compact. They will hope to build on the momentum from the Schalke 04 win but will need to play out of their skins and hope Bayern Munich has an uncharacteristic bad day in office if they are to even stand a chance over the weekend.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s side is seven clear all set for an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title with just six games left to play this season.
Thomas Muller is Bayern Munich unsung hero with seven goals and most importantly 17 assists but has been overshadowed by Lewandowski’s 27 goals.
The visitors have not lost a competitive fixture in their last six consecutive games winning two and drawing four.
The relegation battle is heating up as Düsseldorf’s future hangs in the balance with tough fixtures against Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Hoffenheim among the teams in their next six games.
|Bayern (4-2-3-1)||Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Alcantara, Kimmich, Gnabry, Goretzka, Muller, Lewandowski|
|Subs:||Ulreich, Odriozola, Cuisance, Perisic, Hernandez, Coman, L.Mail, Zirkzee|
|Injured:||Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Thiago|
|Düsseldorf (4-1-4-1):||Kastenmeier, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Suttner, Zimmermann, Stoger, Bodzek, Morales, Thommy, Karaman, Hennings|
|Subs:||Rensing, Fink, Berisha, Ofori, Skrzybski, Giesselmann, Joergensen|
So Far This Season
|Bayern This Season||Düsseldorf This Season|
|20 (10)||Wins (away)||6 (2)|
|6 – 0 v Hoffenheim||Biggest Win||3 – 1 v Werder Bremen|
|4 (2)||Draws (away)||9 (5)|
|1 – 5 v Frankfurt||Biggest Defeat||0 – 5 v Dortmund|
|Lewandoski (27)||Top Goal Scorer||Hennings (12)|
|Y45, R1||Discipline||Y69, R0|
|1||Failures to Score||8|
|57%||Both Teams to Score Games||57%|
|79%||Over 2.5 Goals||61%|
|21%||Under 2.5 Goals||39%|
- There has been Just eight matches between the sides, five wins to the hosts, and the other three games ending as draws.
- The Bundesliga top goal scorer is the man to watch 27 goals to his name so far while Rouwen Hennings is the visitor’s goal threat with 12 goals in this campaign.
- Düsseldorf has never won a competitive game against Bayern Munich.
- Bayern Munich has an average of 3.22 goals per match as Düsseldorf follows closely with 2.30 goals per game.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|23/11/2019||Bundesliga||Düsseldorf 0 – 4 Bayern||Kimmich 11’|
|14/04/2019||Bundesliga||Düsseldorf 1 – 4 Bayern||Coman 15’|
|24/11/2018||Bundesliga||Bayern 3 – 3 Düsseldorf||Sule 17’|
|14/01/2017||Bundesliga||Düsseldorf 0 – 0 Bayern||—|
|09/03/2013||Bundesliga||Bayern 3 – 2 Düsseldorf||Bolly 16’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Bayern’s win against Dortmund this week has almost ended the Bundesliga as a contest, three points at home against relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf and it’s probably time for that fat lady to start warming up because she will be singing soon.
Miracles do happen in football, and Düsseldorf certainly need one, but this Munich team are just too experienced and contain too much firepower for the visitors.
Bayern has been winning at both half time and full time in five of their last seven matches in the Bundesliga, and we expect this pattern to continue. You can get odds of 4/11 for this at bet365.
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