Quartet battle for fourth as Borussia, Bayer seek wins

Quartet battle for fourth as Borussia, Bayer seek wins

Borussia Dortmund should make effort to close the 8-point gap it has behind table toppers Bayern Munich. Facing bottom side, Hannover 96, at the Signal Iduna Park, where Die Borussen have won their last six home matches, should not end being a lot of work, especially with a fixture against FC Porton in the Europa Leagueampions League looming around the corner.

It’s Bayern who will be facing a trickier, though not insurmountable, test at FC Augsburg. Despite Augsburg being mid-table in 14th position, it has been trading victories with its more illustrious opponent, and a home tie against a marauding Pep Guardiola side will be welcomed at the SGL Arena.

The next four positions on the grid, is what the weekend could, perhaps, be all about. Hertha Berlin, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, in that order, are only separated by three points, with Hertha being on 35 points. And they are all playing away this weekend.

The capital side has drawn all its three Bundesliga matches this calendar year and a difficult trip to mid-table, VfB Stuttgar,t at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, will require a victory to ward off the rivals behind. If not, Berlin may follow in the steps of Monchengladbach, who find themselves in sixth position from third. A victory is not guaranteed, especially given that Stuttgart are on a winning run of three league matches.

Schalke perhaps face the most difficult fixture of the quartet, against seventh placed Mainz 05, and it is such kind of fixtures that can aid Bayer Leverkusen back into the Champions League places. It won’t be easy though. Bayer head over to the Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor to face Darmstadt 98 conscious that the Lillies overcame Leverkusen 1-0 earlier in the season at the BayArena.

Monchengladbach, after a 5-1 punishment they handed to Werder Bremen last weekend, visit another mid-table team in Hamburger SV at the Volksparkstadion. Again, like the Leverkusen-Darmstadt affair, Borussia also lost at home to Hamburger in a 3-0 defeat.

If these tricky fixtures live up to their billing, then one would agree that the likes of Mainz and Wolfsburg can soon creep into that quartet and ensure the journey to the end of the season will be intriguing. As it is, currently.

You can watch these matches LIVE on StarTimes Sport

Saturday February 13th

5:30pm Borussia Dortmund – Hannover 96 (World Football LIVE)

5:30pm VfL Wolfsburg – FC Ingolstadt 04 (Sports Arena LIVE)

5:30pm VfB Stuttgart – Hertha Berlin (Sports Life LIVE)

5:30pm SV Darmstadt 98 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Sports Premium LIVE)

8:30pm 1.FC Köln – Eintracht Frankfurt (Sports Life LIVE)

Sunday February 14th

5:30pm Hamburger SV – Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sports Premium LIVE)

7:30pm FC Augsburg – FC Bayern München  (World Football LIVE)

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