Bundesliga return: Bold predictions as Bayern Munich squanders title to Dortmund, Sargent saves Werder Bremen

A full slate of Bundesliga games begin this Saturday when the league returns from its two-month hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic. There are between 9-10 games for each of the 18 clubs, and there is plenty at stake from the league title and European spots to relegation. To refresh yourself on how things look in the table, check out the standings here

With the league aiming to finish by the end of June, here are five bold predictions for the rest of the way. 

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Here are five bold predictions for the rest of the way. 

1. Dortmund overcomes Bayern to win the title 

As you may recall, Bayern Munich started off the season well before hitting a rough patch that resulted in coach Niko Kovac’s dismissal. In a two-month stretch from early October to early December, Bayern played eight league matches and lost four of them. Of course, since then they won 10 of 11 to jump Dortmund into first place. 

Bayern will once again start off strong before hitting another wall, allowing Dortmund to jump them on the second-to-last matchday with Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland leading the way. 

It all turns at the end of May with a loss at Dortmund to cut the lead to just one. Bayern then beats Fortuna Dusseldorf but has a rough patch with a loss at Bayer Leverkusen and a surprising home draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. A shocking penalty kick call goes Freiburg’s way on the second-to-last matchday, and the rest is history as Dortmund wins the league. 

2. Sargent saves Werder Bremen from relegation

American striker Josh Sargent has three league goals for Werder Bremen, while the top scorer is Milot Rashica with seven. Sargent proves his worth, finishes as joint-top scorer with Rashica with nine goals, and in the process his saves the relegation-threatened club with late goal after late goal to win points. 

The American striker, who has impressed despite limited time, shows that he can be counted on despite being just 20 years old, giving a proud club another year in the Bundesliga, which has been their home for every season but one since 1963. 

3. Leverkusen finishes in Champions League spot

Bayern Leverkusen will overcome the two-point deficit with Borussia Monchengladbach with Kai Havertz leading the way as the club qualifies for the Champions League by earning a fourth-place finish on the final matchday. 

Leverkusen goes on to win its last three games of the season to take the final UCL spot by just one point while Monchengladbach struggles with just one win in its last three games, with the lone victory coming against last-place Paderborn. 

4. Piatek’s scoring pushes Hertha into top half

Hertha Berlin’s slight relegation concerns are quickly erased and the club finished near Europa League spots thanks to the scoring ability of Krzysztof Piatek.

While he hasn’t quite found his footing yet since his move from AC Milan in January (two goals in seven games), he quickly begins to score in bunches for Hertha as play resumes. The Polish international, who made his name at Genoa before that big-money move to Milan last year, scores 10 goals the rest of the way and gets three late winners to build momentum for Hertha entering next season.

5. Steffen injury sees Fortuna enter playoffs, but then he saves them

Another bold prediction centered around a member of the United States men’s national team. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Zack Steffen will miss some of the early games for Fortuna Dusseldorf due to his MCL injury, and as a result, we have the club finishing in 16th place which means a relegation playoff against the third-place team in the second division. That ends up being Hamburg, but the American goalkeeper saves a penalty kick in the first leg, comes up huge with late saves in the second leg and helps the club stay in the top flight for another year on away goals.

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