Munich (dpa) - FC Bayern can extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to ten points at least for one day today, starting at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday with a supposed win against relegation candidate Fortuna Düsseldorf.
But a little caution is required. Under coach Uwe Rösler, the Fortuna lost only one of nine games and last season the Düsseldorf team managed a 3: 3 win in Munich.
The rest of the games on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) are all about relegation. The penultimate Werder Bremen wants to confirm his upward trend and send Schalke 04 even deeper into the crisis with an away win. The fourth-last FSV Mainz 05 is under pressure to move against 1899 Hoffenheim, as it threatens to slide down to relegation rank. Gradually it gets uncomfortable for the table-14. Eintracht Frankfurt, who is a guest at VfL Wolfsburg. Hertha BSC also receives FC Augsburg.
FAREWELL: The time of his departure is unusual. In the middle of the relegation battle, head of sports Lutz Pfannenstiel leaves third-last Fortuna Düsseldorf, the game at Bayern is his last in a responsible position. In winter, Pfannenstiel had agreed with the club on a contract termination on May 31. Also because he had been publicly hostile after the separation from Friedhelm Funkel. At that time, it was not foreseeable that the season due to the corona pandemic will now last until the end of June.
DOWNWARD TREND: The two neighbors FSV Mainz 05 and Eintracht Frankfurt are moving closer and closer to the relegation zone. One point or two counters are only up to 16th place for the two clubs. The trend currently bodes no good. Mainz won only one of their last seven games, Frankfurt only got one point from the last six games. Accordingly, both clubs are under pressure. For Mainz it will be around 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday, Frankfurt will be a guest at VfL Wolfsburg.
BIG POINTS: After the victory in Dortmund, Hansi Flick no longer wants to be dissuaded from his path to the eighth Munich championship series. «Of course we also want to win against Düsseldorf, even if it's going to be difficult. We want to strengthen the big points of Dortmund with it, »said Flick. It would be the eleventh win in the twelfth second round game.
FINAL MATCHES: Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt has seven final games left. That is why the coach of the penultimate table demands full concentration: «No one should lose their stomachs. Nobody should lose grip. We only have key weeks ahead of us, »said Kohfeldt. Despite the last four points from two games, the Hanseatic league are five points behind relegation place 16. That's why Werder has to score in Schalke as well. "We can handle the pressure," said Kohfeldt, who is also betting on the catch-up game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
WARRANTY: Despite his mistake in the game at RB Leipzig (2-2), Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein does not have to worry about his regular place before the game against Augsburg. "It was clear to us that Rune was our number one, we said that from day one," said coach Bruno Labbadia. Jarstein wanted to hold an actually harmless ball in the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening. The 35-year-old Norwegian ultimately punched himself in the goal for the hosts' interim lead. «He doesn't have to worry. He should throw in his qualities, and I am sure that he will do that on Saturday. » In the current season, Jarstein had meanwhile lost his regular place under Labbadia predecessor Alexander Nouri.
GOALKEEPER CHANGE: The back and forth in the Schalke gate probably continues. Before the game against Werder, coach David Wagner indicated that Markus Schubert had to make way for Alexander Nübel. «Of course I talked to him. He has been involved in one or the other goal in the last few weeks, »said Wagner about Schubert, adding:« Everyone has to call up the performance to justify being able to continue playing. » Schubert had started the second half of the season in the Schalke goal due to a ban on Nübel, who switched to Bayern in the summer, but did not leave the safest impression. Nübel then returned to the goal, but did not cut a good figure either. But Schubert was also unable to use the second test successfully.