German football champions Bayern Munich make their much-anticipated return to action this weekend as part of the Bundesliga comeback that will be played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The eyes of the sporting world will be on the league as they aim to complete the season before making way for UEFA’s rearranged Champions League and Europa League.
Bayern Munich are league leaders and favourites to retain their trophy, but they’ll get nothing given to them this term. We are watching one of the most competitive renewals of this competition in recent years with five teams having claims to the crown. Will Bayern hold their ground and defend the prize? They must make a winning return if they are to give themselves the best possible chance.
Berlin prepares without pressure
All the focus will be on Bayern Munich before kick-off in this match as followers want to see how they return to action and how the players will cope with games being played behind closed doors. With no pressure on their shoulders and the team expected to suffer defeat, opponents Union Berlin are free to relax, enjoy the occasion and target an upset. Will they gate crash the party and blow the Bundesliga title race wide open? We’ll find out from 17:00 GMT on Sunday.
They prepare for this match with their season stats reading nine wins and three draws against 13 defeats, leaving Union Berlin on 30 points. With 32 goals scored and 41 conceded it’s easy to see where the problem lies with this side and they have leaked as many goals as Frankfurt who are below them in the pecking order. Bettors can’t take too much confidence from Union’s recent form either. They are 11th in the table and only eight points better than the relegation zone, having managed just one win in their last four games. That spell consists of two defeats and a draw.
Looking back to Union Berlin’s last match before the coronavirus enforced break, they were beaten by Freiburg away from home on Saturday 7 March, ending on the wrong side of a hurtful 3-1 scoreline. A match best forgotten for all connected with this club, they had Friedrich sent off near the end for a second bookable offence. That certainly didn’t help his teammates, but the damage had already been done by then, Sallai, Gunter and Koch bettering a consolation from Andersson. Berlin must improve their backline drastically if are to have any chance of beating Bayern Munich here.
Free-scoring Munich lead the way
Bayern Munich are currently the best team in the Bundesliga, leading the way after 25 games, but their lead is a fragile one and they return to action on Sunday with a fight on their hands. The defending champions show season stats of 17 wins and four draws against four defeats. They have scored an incredible 73 goals in 25 games – five more than Borussia Dortmund in second – and have conceded 26 – seven fewer than their main rivals for the title. 55 points on the board has Bayern Munich four clear of Borussia Dortmund but that could change before Sunday.
The league leaders are on a recent unbeaten run and have won each of their last four league games Lockdown came at exactly the wrong time for this team who were beginning to hit their stride and push for the finish line. The squad will be under pressure to pick up where they left off and prove they have the character needed to deal with these unique challenges. They’ll want to return with a convincing win and take a step closer to the title. The Bundesliga outright betting odds has Bayern Munich as hot favourites to hold their ground.
We last saw Bayern Munich in action on Sunday 8 March when they dished out a 2-0 defeat at home to FC Augsburg, a match where the result was never in question. The victors took the lead that day on 53 minutes, having to remain patient as they unlocked a stubborn, fit, and organised opponent. Muller scored to ease the pressure on his teammates and that was added to by Goretzka who chipped in with a second in stoppage time. Closer than the final score suggests but we did get the correct winner, Munich marching on.
Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich prediction
Bayern Munich are top of the league for good reason. They are an exciting team with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to squad talent. They are more than good enough to return with a win and get their title drive back on track.
This will be a strange and maybe even uncomfortable outing for both sides, but Munich are nothing if not professional. The team are ruthless going forward and organised at the back. We’ve got to assume they are fit and sharp following a mini training camp. Hypothetically, the best version of Bayern Munich beats the best Union Berlin quite comfortably, so the former team are likely to show they are back in business on Sunday.
Bundesliga betting odds
Bayern Munich are odds favourites for the win and backers will find them with a 4/19 price tag attached. Munich should be popular with bettors on Sunday. Fancy the upset? Union Berlin are 12/1 for the three points or there’s 545/100 for the draw. Both eye-catching prices but not likely to attract too much by way of attention.
Bayern backers after a bigger price will be pulled towards the match specials where they’ll find 3/4 for the favourite -1.75 on the Asian handicap. There are dozens of markets attached to this fixture, including both teams to score, handicap and total goals. Many of the popular markets will be available to bet on throughout the 90 minutes thanks to in-play betting. Follow the live coverage and consider having your say on the outcome.