Schalke, Dortmund Set for Epic Bundesliga Battle

Gabe Morency

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 9:27 PM UTC

Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title with five games to spare by crushing Augsburg last weekend and intrigue now lies further down the table. Borussia Dortmund moved to within a point of Schalke after.
<p>Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title with five games to spare by crushing Augsburg last weekend, and intrigue now lies further down the table. Borussia Dortmund moved to within a point of Schalke after Domenico Tedesco’s men suffered a shock result last Saturday, and those two will now battle it out for second place. The race is also on to finish in the top four, and Mainz, Wolfsburg and Freiburg remain locked in a three-way relegation scrap.</p><p> </p><h3>Wolfsburg v Augsburg</h3> Bruno Labbadia’s team leapfrogged Mainz in the table by beating Freiburg 2-0 last weekend, and that did their survival chances the world of good. Koln and Hamburg look dead and buried, and the team that finishes 16th will go into a relegation/promotion playoff against the team that finishes third in Bundesliga 2. That will either be Wolfsburg, Freiburg or Mainz, and none will want to suffer that fate. Wolfsburg have now taken four points from their last two games, and if they keep the run going they will be fine. They are 11/10 with Black Type and 21/20 with BetVictor to win this game against a struggling Augsburg side that have nothing left to play for this season, so that may tempt punters. It should be a tense, low-scoring game and ‘under’ 2.5 goals appeals at 37/50 with Marathon Bet and 4/6 with Sky Bet. <h3>Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt</h3> Frankfurt are a fun team to watch right now as they have been taking plenty of risks, scoring a lot of goals and also conceding regularly. These teams are fourth and fifth in the table and vying for a Champions League spot, so they should play out an entertaining game. Both teams scoring looks good at 10/13 with 10Bet in this one. Leon Bailey, Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland combined to deadly effect as Leverkusen beat RB Leipzig last time out, and they should score in this game. Leverkusen do not have a great home record, and Frankfurt are decent on the road, so the draw also appeals at 11/4 with Sky Bet, William Hill, Betway and Bet Victor. But Leverkusen have a strong recent record against Frankfurt, so the 5/6 that BetVictor is offering on a home win looks even more attractive. <h3>Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach</h3> Bayern no longer need to focus on the Bundesliga so they can concentrate on other tournaments, which could provide Borussia Monchengladbach with a strong opportunity to pick up a result in this game. Dieter Hecking’s men are eighth in the table, and finishing sixth or perhaps even seventh would be good enough to secure a Europa League place, so they still have plenty left to play for. Motivation is never a problem for teams when facing the mighty Bayern Munich anyway, so Monchengladbach should approach this one with good intensity. They are unbeaten in their last three games and could give a good account of themselves here. Monchengladbach +1.75 Asian handicap appeals at 6/7 with 10Bet and 188Bet and 11/13 with 888 Sport and Unibet. <h3>Schalke v Borussia Dortmund</h3> This is the clash of the weekend, between two fierce rivals and with a great deal at stake. Schalke had been on a long winning streak before slumping to a surprise defeat against bottom club Hamburg last time out, so that must have knocked their confidence somewhat. Meanwhile, Dortmund beat Stuttgart 3-0, with Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi running riot, to move within a point of Schalke. Whoever wins this one will have the advantage in the race to finish second, and Dortmund must fancy their chances. All the action is going on the away side and they are priced at an attractive 17/10 with Betway, Sportingbet and various others. However, the last four meetings between these sides have finished in a draw, so that looks tempting at 23/10 with the likes of Ladbrokes and Bet365. Or you could go Dortmund draw no bet, which is evens with Betfair and 5/6 with various others.<p></p>
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