While the Premier League title race in England has the football world talking, the same can be said with the fight for the Bundesliga title this season.
Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend saw BVB leapfrog old rivals Bayern Munich into top spot.
Reigning champions Bayern continued their disappointing run of results and a 3-1 defeat at Mainz has blown the title race wide open.
While there are Union Berlin, Freiburg and RB Leipzig in the chasing pack, it would take dramatic collapses from both Bayern and Dortmund for any of them to stand a chance of the title.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how the title race is shaping up between Bayern and BVB and who has the more favourable run-in at the end of the season.
After suffering a disappointing exit in the Champions League quarter-final stage to Manchester City, Bayern Munich have suffered a somewhat dramatic wobble.
New boss Thomas Tuchel has a job on his hands to steady the ship after his side were held 1-1 by Hoffenheim and beaten by Mainz either side of their second-leg against Man City.
Juggling the domestic campaign and the Champions League looks to have been difficult for the reigning German champions to cope with but they are still favourites at 4/7 to retain the Bundesliga title.
|Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin||14:30, Sunday 30th April|
|Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich||17:30, Saturday 6th April|
|Bayern Munich v Schalke 04||14:30, Saturday 13th April|
|Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig||17:30, Saturday 20th April|
|FC Cologne v Bayern Munich||14:30, Saturday 27th April|
Bayern have what appears to be a comfortable run-in, as the Bavarian giants face just one side in the top 10 in the table in the form of RB Leipzig. Even that game is in the home comforts of the Allianz Arena.
Hertha Berlin and Schalke 04 make up the two bottom teams in the table and will be fighting for their futures in the Bundesliga.
However, Tuchel’s side will be confident of taking six points from those two games, while Cologne and Werder Bremen are sitting in mid-table with little to play for.
The nature of the coming fixtures, as opposed to Bayern’s form, is the reason why they are odds-on to lift the Bundesliga Meisterschale again this season.
While there is unrest and potential nerves in the Bayern camp, Borussia Dortmund are the side that have come through a recent blip.
BVB responded well to a 4-2 defeat at Bayern in the league, by beating Union Berlin, drawing with Stuttgart and securing that valuable win over Frankfurt.
|Bochum v Borussia Dortmund||19:30, Friday 28th April|
|Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg||16:30, Sunday 7th April|
|Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach||17:30, Saturday 13th April|
|Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund||16:30, Sunday 21st April|
|Borussia Dortmund v Mainz||14:30, Saturday 27th April|
Much like Bayern, Dortmund appear on paper to have what should be a fairly smooth ride to the finish line.
Seventh-place Mainz are currently the highest team Dortmund have yet to face, while Wolfsburg find themselves in eighth.
Dortmund have three home games to look forward to, with Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz making the trip to the Westfalenstadion.
There are bound to be plenty of twists and turns in the title race and for the moment both Dortmund and Bayern will be focused on their next games.