Bundesliga, gameweek 29: Everything that you need to know
Gameweek 29 of the Bundesliga has already seen Bayer Leverkusen register a narrow victory over SC Freiburg. The performance could set the tone for the rest of the matches to be played this weekend. Leaders Bayern Munich will be eyeing to go one step closer to the title. Meanwhile, the fight for Champions League berths could intensify further. Here's the complete preview.
Kai Havertz has been outstanding for Leverkusen. The mid-fielder's eye for goals is a notable aspect. Against Freiburg, the talented Havertz scored the only goal of the match. The goal is Havertz's 35th in the Bundesliga since his debut in 2016 and he is the first player to hit that tally before the age of 21. Havertz scored his 11th Bundesliga goal this season.
Leverkusen's win saw them rise to third in the table. However, both Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig could topple Leverkusen. Leipzig have 55 points and a win against FC Koln could boost their morale. Gladbach can go level with Leverkusen, however, their better goal difference could push the former to fifth. Meanwhile, second-placed Borussia Dortmund will be eyeing the 60-point mark.
A win for Bayern against Dortmund earlier this week, saw the Bavarians extend their points tally to 64. With a seven-point cushion, Hansi Flick's side has one hand on the Bundesliga title. Bayern face Dusselforf at home and go into the tie as favorites. Since Bundesliga's resumption amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bayern have registered three wins on the trot.
Bayern coach Flick said it wasn't easy to adjust once the season resumed post suspension. "Of course, there were concerns about how the players would cope. It was not so easy to adjust to a competitive level in training. When I look back on the games so far, we're doing well. I'm happy," he said. He added talisman Robert Lewandowski always wants to score.
Here are the fixtures of Bundesliga, gameweek 29. Saturday: Mainz vs Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg vs Frankfurt, Schalke vs Werder Bremen, Hertha vs Augsburg (7:00 PM IST) Bayern vs Dusseldorf (10:00 PM IST) Sunday: Gladbach vs Berlin (7:30 PM IST), Paderborn vs Dortmund (9:30 PM IST) Tuesday: FC Koln vs Leipzig (12:00 AM IST) Matches will be held on Star Sports and streamed on Hotstar.