Bayern’s Corentin Tolisso, right, celebrates with his teammates after scores against Arminia during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Arminia Bielefeld at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad, Pool)
- For most clubs, the Bundesliga season has only 13 games remaining as Bayern Munich sit five points clear of second-place RB Leipzig
- The league leaders will be challenged in Matchday 22 by third-place Eintracht Frankfurt, who have won four consecutive Bundesliga matches. Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Freiburg hosts Union Berlin in a mid-table duel and RB Leipzig, fresh off a Champions League defeat at the hands of Liverpool play Hertha Berlin, just outside of the drop zone
- See the odds and our predictions for Bundesliga Matchday 22 below
The landscape in the Bundesliga table has changed quite dramatically this season, to say the least. Last year, third place Eintracht Frankfurt finished all the way in ninth place. Now, they sit in a highly contested top-four race, six points clear of Borussia Dortmund. They play Bayern Munich this weekend in Bundesliga Matchday 22, and as the Bavarians eye Lazio in the Champions League next week, will their minds be focused on the task at hand?
Franky, this could be a bad matchday for the smaller Bundesliga teams. There is only two matches between the top ten teams, which means a lot of clubs at the bottom of the table will have to work hard for their points. As close as it is at the top of the table, it is at the bottom as well. Mainz and Schalke look like they both will be relegated, however, there are six teams within five points of the last relegation playoff spot. Overall, it will be more than interesting to see how the table shakes out at the end of the weekend.
Bundesliga Matchday 22 Odds
|Arminia Bielefeld vs Wolfsburg||+430||+300||-159|
|Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich||+300||+310||-127|
|Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz||-162||+300||+440|
|FC Koln vs Stuttgart||+220||+260||+115|
|SC Freiburg vs Union Berlin||+138||+215||+220|
|Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund||+800||+425||-305|
|FC Augsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen||+430||+290||-157|
|Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig||+390||+280||-141|
|Hoffenheim vs Werden Bremen||+102||+275||+240|
All odds taken Feb 17th at DraftKings
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich Prediction
The first significant match of the Bundesliga Matchday 22 weekend is of course the battle between two sides in the top four, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich. After Bayern’s trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup, they managed to somehow slip in a three-all slugfest to Arminia Bielefeld at the Allianz. With this game as their only separation from their first Champions League knockout game against Lazio, it will be interesting to see how Hans-Dieter Flick manages his team’s fitness.
No days off on the road to recovery! 💪
Who are you most looking forward to seeing return to the squad? 🤔#MiaSanMia
— 🇺🇸 FC Bayern US 🇨🇦 (@FCBayernUS) February 17, 2021
With that being said, Frankfurt are a sneakily good side and they have not lost in the Bundesliga since mid-January in a match against Bayer Leverkusen. It might be too close to call, but one thing we know for sure is these teams love scoring against each other. In their last seven matches, there has been over five goals, five different times, which is why the ‘Over’ is an amazing pick here.
My Pick: Over 4.5 total goals (+163)
SC Freiburg vs Union Berlin Prediction
Next on Bundesliga Matchday 22, we have Union Berlin traveling to Freiburg as they try to climb all the way up to a possible sixth place. They have been on a run of very tumultuous form lately, as they are without a Bundesliga win in five tries. Freiburg have won two out of their last four against Stuttgart and Dortmund which is promising for their confidence heading into this match.
Since 2019, Union Berlin has won this head-to-head Bundesliga fixture twice, while losing and drawing both once. Despite the history, I expect Freiburg to cruise in this match, and with plus odds this bet has incredible value.
My Pick: SC Freiburg moneyline (+138)
Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig Prediction
The last highlighted match of the Bundesliga Matchday 22 weekend is between Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig, who sit comfortably in second place. Berlin has not got a win in their last six Bundesliga matches, while Leipzig have won three in a row. Julian Nagelsmann’s men will be motivated after a mid-week loss to Liverpool in the Champions League after two individual errors cost them two vital away goals.
𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞 🧠
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) February 17, 2021
Nonetheless, Leipzig looked really sharp, especially Christopher Nkunku up top, against very good opponents. Berlin have not won this Bundesliga fixture since 2017 and have lost on aggregate in those six matches since by a score of 22-7. Expect, Leipzig to bounce back and win this game by a pair of goals at least.
My Pick: RB Leipzig -1.5 (+550)
Josh Ricker is a freelance sports journalist, currently attending the University of Southern Maine (Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Marketing). He has recently interned with the AA Portland Sea Dogs, and his work has been featured on Fansided, as well as now here on SBD.