Bundesliga Matchday 24 is upon us and the battle for the top spot is closer than ever. Defending champions Bayern Munich and fellow challengers RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are separated by just four points, as we head for another exciting week of Bundesliga football. We take a look at the fixtures ahead of the weekend and provide a detailed preview for the Bundesliga Matchday.
The defending champs will have a tough fixture in their hands with a trip to the Prezero Arena. Julian Nagelsmann less-Hoffenheim have struggled for consistency this season. Nevertheless, the eighth-best side in the German top-flight could prove to be a stern test for Hans Flick and his men. Thanks to Robert Lewandowski, Bayern avoided dropping points against Paderborn (20th) last time out. The reigning champs are coming off an impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea in London. Kingsley Coman and Javier Martinez will miss the weekend tie with injury issues. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim will be without Andrej Kramaric (groin) and Ishak Belfodil (ligament).
Third-placed Dortmund are currently one of the most exciting teams in Bundesliga, thanks to the incredible form of their new signing Erling Haaland. Haaland has already scored nine times in Bundesliga and has broken multiple records since his January switch. The Norwegian's form will be key to Lucian Favre's men close the gap on Bayern (four points) before we enter the business end of the season. Firmly established in the mid-table, Freiburg don't necessarily pose a big challenge for Dortmund. However, with Thomas Delaney still nursing his ankle injury, Dortmund will have to vary of the visitors' midfield presence.
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We switch to Sunday for probably the biggest clash of Matchday 24. Leipzig, who are just one point off Bayern, will aim to keep pace with the league-leaders with a win over a defiant Leverkusen. Kai Havertz-led Leverkusen are currently fifth in the Bundesliga standings and could potentially surprise an injury-hit Leipzig. Kevin Kampl, Ibrahima Konate, Willi Orban and Yussuf Poulsen will all miss the game on Sunday. Could Julian Nagelssman work his magic against Leverkusen?
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