Bundesliga Fixture: Match-day 31 stats, preview and predictions

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Even as other major leagues resume this weekend, we continue to serve you our stats, preview and predictions of this weekly Bundesliga fixtures.

Hoffenheim vs Liepzig

One of the pick of the bunch for match-day 31 Bundesliga fixtures.
RB Liepzig need to get more points on board to cement 3rd place, the draw against Paderborn didn’t help their course.
Hoffenheim were forced to draw by Fortuna Dusseldorf last week.

Stats
Hoffenheim has lost one of their last six matches [2W, 3D, 1l]; both teams hit the target in four of those games.
Liepzig are unbeaten in five games [3W, 3D]; both teams have scored in four of those.
Both Hoffenheim and Liepzig received a red card each in their last game.
Hoffenheim have lost four of their recent Bundesliga games at home [2W, 4L].
Leipzig have four wins in six away Bundesliga games; they’ve kept a clean in five of those matches.
Both teams have scored in Leipzig’s last three Bundesliga games; three of their last four games have seen a minimum of 4 goals.
Both teams have hit the target in four of the last five meetings between them.
Liepzig has won three of the last four Bundesliga fixtures on the road.
Verdict
Hoffeheim need maximum points to continue their pursuit of a continental ticket.
Leipzig are not killing off games like we saw against Paderborn, but i think they’ll do just about enough to grab maximum points.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 1-2 Liepzig.

Wolsburg vs Freiburg

Ironically, both these teams won their last Bundesliga fixture 1-0, Freiburg were home to Borussia M’gladbach, Wolfsburg travelled to Werder Bremen. But still, they both got the job done and capped it off with a clean sheet.
Stats
Wolfsburg has three wins in six previous Bundesliga matches [3W, 1D, 2L]; minimum of 3 goals have occurred in three of those matches.
Freiburg has won two of six recent league games [2W, 2D, 2L]; both teams have scored in three of those games.
Both teams have hit the target in three of Wolfsburg’s last six outings; two of Frieburg’s last six outings have at least four goals [Freiburg scored 3 goals in each of the two games].
Wolfsburg have one win in seven home games [1W, 3D, 3L].
Freiburg has only won once on the road this year and that was back in January.
Wolfsburg has lost their last two home games, Freiburg drew their last two away games.
Freiburg has won two of the last three meetings between these two teams, Wolfsburg has won three of the last seven.
Both teams have scored in two of the last three; a minimum of four goals were scored on both occasions.
Verdict
Freiburg won the first leg of this tie, Wolfsburg will be looking to even things out this time although it won’t be easy as the away side are a decent team and will not go down without a fight.
Prediction: Wolfsburg 2-1 Freiburg

Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund

Dusseldorf snatched one point with a late equalizer against Hoffenheim, Emre Can’s goal gave Borussia Dortmund all three points against Hertha Berlin last weekend.

The away side are certainly favorites to take this one.
Stats
Fortuna Dusseldorf has four draws in six recent games [1W, 4D, 1L], their last four games have seen a minimum of 3 goals scored.
Dortmund has won eight of their last nine games [8W, 1L]; their only loss was against Bayern Munich.
Dusseldorf has one win in six home games [1W, 4D, 1L]; three of their last four games on home turf have ended in a stalemate.
Dortmund has five wins in seven meetings against Dusseldorf [5W, 1D, 1L].
The last three meetings have seen a minimum of 5 goals, both teams have hit the target in three of the last four meetings.
Verdict
We all know Bayern Munich will win the Bundesliga, but finishing in second place will give Dortmund a psychological edge over the remaining teams in the Bundesliga. They will be sure that they’re the best team in the league, after Bayern of course.
Borussia Dortmund is the better team with quality sprinkled across every position and will overpower Fortuna Dusseldorf for certain.
Prediction: Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Hertha BSC vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Call it the battle of the mid table teams, you won’t be far from the truth. Hertha BSC who are 9th welcome Frankfurt who sit in 11th position.
The away team will probably feel they should be further up the log but there is very little they can do with three Bundesliga fixtures left after match-day 31.
Stats
Hertha have three wins six Bundesliga games [3W, 2D, 1L]; three of those games have seen a minimum of 4 goals.
Eintracht Frankfurt has won two of their six matches; five of those games have seen a minimum of 3 goals.
Hertha BSC has kept a clean sheet in four of their last six home matches against Frankfurt.
Both teams have scored in the last two meetings; at least 3 goals were scored in both games.
Two of the last the last three meetings have ended in a stalemate.
Eintracht Frankfurt has failed to defeat Hertha BSC in five recent attempts.
Verdict
There is not much to differentiate both teams and urge to go all out for a win may not be as expected because they’re both comfortable.
Prediction: Hertha Bsc 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt.

Koln vs Union Berlin

Both sides are without a win in seven Bundesliga fixtures, you’ll struggle to find teams with worse recent contest than these two.
Koln are winless in six previous games, Union Berlin are without a win in seven games.
Stats
Twelve of Koln’s last thirteen games have seen a minimum of three goals.
Both teams have hit the target in Koln’s last seven games.
Both teams have scored in Union Berlin’s last three games.
A minimum of 4 goals have been scored in six of Berlin’s last ten games.
Koln have one win in five recent home matches [1W, 2D, 2L].
Union Berlin has lost all of their last four away matches by 2 goals or more; a minimum of 4 goals were scored in each match.
Union Berlin has won the last two meetings 2-0 on each occasion; Koln failed to score in both games.
Koln are undefeated against Berlin on home turf [3W, 1D].
Both teams have found the back of the net in three of the last seven meetings.
Koln have scored 14 goals against Berlin in four home games and conceded only once.
Verdict
Koln’s strong home record against Union Berlin cannot be overlooked.
Although both sides are on a poor run, Koln seem to be slightly better and Berlin’s away form suggest they are not good travellers.
Prediction: Koln 2-1 Union Berlin

Paderborn vs Werder Bremen

The home side showed spirit and fight to earn a point against a weakened RB Liepzig who played most of the game with a man down.
Werder Bremen were left disappointed after losing 1-0 to Wolfsburg.
Stats
Paderborn have drawn four of their last six matches.
Four out of Bremen’s last six games have seen under 2.5 goals, the same applies to Paderborn.
Both teams have scored in Paderborn’s last nine home games, they’re winless in eleven, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in ten games.
Paderborn have lost five of their last six home Bundesliga fixtures; six of their last seven home games have seen a minimum of 3 goals.
Werder Bremen have won their last two away games with a 1-0 scoreline.
Paderborn have won two of the last four meetings; they’ve never lost to Werder Bremen on home turf.
Verdict
This game is a close call as any game between direct relegation rivals but we’ve got to make the call anyway.
I am backing Werder Bremen to come up with the goods and increase the gap between themselves and Paderborn.
Prediction: Paderborn 1-2 Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich vs Borussia M’gladbach

Imminent champions of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are en-route their 8th consecutive title; an emphatic statement of dominance.
M’gladbach have had a very good season in their own right but face an uphill task on Saturday against Bayern.
Stats
Bayern Munich are unblemished in twelve Bundesliga fixtures.
Three of Bayern’s last five games have seen a minimum of 5 goals.
A minimum of 4 goals have been scored in three of M’gladbach’s six previous matches.
The Bavarians have won ten of their last eleven games on home patch.
M’gladbach has three wins in five away Bundesliga games [3W, 1D, 1L].
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings between them.
A minimum of three goals have been scored in five recent meetings between these two.
Verdict
Bayern Munich will be without the services of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller for this game.
Borussia M’gladbach risk being toppled by Bayer Leverkusen if they fail to get something from this encounter.
M’gladbach are good enough to get something off this depleted Bayern Munich side.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Mainz vs Augsburg

Yet another game between two teams on the wrong side of the table.
Mainz snatched a 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt while Augsburg could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Koln.
Stats
Mainz have one win in six games [1W, 3D, 2L]; both teams have scored in three of those games.
Augsburg have one win in six Bundesliga fixtures [1W, 2D, 3L]; both teams have scored in two of those matches.
Mainz have one win in nine previous games at home.
Augsburg have one win in seven away outings.
Augsburg have won four of the last five meetings; including the last three.
A minimum of three goals have occurred in the last four meetings.
Verdict
A dicey game by all standards, its difficult to decipher the better team and even if we do, picking a winner for this game is not an easy task.
Both teams will score and we should see at least 3 goals, Mainz look likely to grab all three points.
Prediction: Mainz 3-1 Augsburg

Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen

Schalke are 10th on the Bundesliga table but they’re one of poorest teams on current form.
Bayer Leverkusen have done well thus far, an European place finish would be enough reward for their efforts.
Stats
Schalke has lost four in eight previous matches [2D, 4L].
Bayer Leverkusen have seven wins in ten recent matches; three of those games have seen a minimum of four goals.
Schalke’s last home win came earlier this year in January.
Leverkusen have three consecutive away wins in recent times.
Both teams have scored in five of six recent meetings between them.
A minimum of three goals have occurred in 2 of the last 3 meetings between them.
Verdict
Schalke’s form is beyond appalling,with a team like Bayer Leverkusen coming town, it’s difficult to see how Schalke will survive this game.
Prediction: Schalke 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

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