Bayern Munich: Looking ahead to the final weeks of the title race

Bayern Munich players celebrating against RB Leipzig. (Photo by Filip Singer - Pool/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating against RB Leipzig. (Photo by Filip Singer - Pool/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich extended their lead atop the Bundesliga table to seven points with their 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig. Now that Die Roten and Leipzig have met for the final time this season, seven matches remain for each club in the title race.

Both teams have a rough schedule to get through and Rekordmeister is not completely out of sight just yet. Here’s a look at what the title race looks like entering the final weeks of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.

Bayern’s schedule doesn’t get any easier

April looks like it will be one of the most difficult months of the season for Die Roten. Bayern still has to face three Bundesliga clubs this month that are currently in the top seven. Their opponents on the next three matchdays will be Union Berlin, Wolfsburg, and Bayer Leverkusen. All three of these clubs are involved in the battle for European places.

For this reason, it’s quite possible that a loss or a draw could be on the horizon in the coming weeks for Rekordmeister. However, if they can get out of this three-match stretch with three victories then it’s very difficult to see them losing the title to Leipzig.

With two UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches against Paris Saint-Germain in between the fixtures against Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, this will present a massive test to Bayern’s depth and stamina. Starting with the first leg against PSG on Wednesday, the defending European Champions will play a total of five fixtures in the span of 13 days.

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Right after the Wolfsburg match on April 17th, Die Roten will have to face Leverkusen three days later. Each of these matches will require Rekordmeister to be at their best and they will likely be hard-fought fixtures. It’s going to be a marathon of difficult matches that could see the seven-point lead at the top return to a four-point advantage in the Bundesliga table.

After this difficult portion of the schedule concludes, Bayern’s remaining four fixtures will feature three clubs that are currently in the bottom half of the table. They will also possibly have Robert Lewandowski back in the lineup by then which will certainly boost their chances of winning all four of these final matches. It will be Mainz, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Frieburg, and Augsburg who await Die Roten in the last four matchdays of the 2020/21 campaign.

Leipzig will be tested in May

While Die Roten will face their toughest tests in April, May will not offer Leipzig an easy conclusion to the season. The final three matchdays of the campaign will see Leipzig face Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, and Union Berlin. After already losing to Dortmund earlier this season, Leipzig could drop points once more to a club that is trying to mount a comeback to finish in the top four.

With these three difficult fixtures on the horizon, it’s imperative for Leipzig to take maximum points away from their upcoming four matches in April against Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim, FC Koln, and Stuttgart. Any dropped points in these four matches will likely see them fall short of keeping things close entering May. They no longer are involved in the Champions League and do not have the demanding schedule Bayern has awaiting them in the coming weeks. As a result, they should be capable of winning all four of these fixtures and remaining a threat to the title.

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All-in-all, it still remains an exciting title race that could come down to the final matchday of the season. Bayern’s difficult schedule ahead in April offers Leipzig a possible way into getting back within a few points of the league leaders. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens in the coming matchdays.