Another pulsating round of Bundesliga matches has come to an end, with plenty of talking points and exciting action. Leonardo Bittencourt scored a vital goal for Werder Bremen as they beat Schalke, while Jadon Sancho scored a first career hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund thrashed SC Paderborn.
Elsewhere, there were crucial wins for Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Leonardo Bittencourt Secures Vital Win dor Werder Bremen
Bittencourt Helps Bremen Make it Seven Points From Three Games
A fourth goal of the season for Leonardo Bittencourt secured a vital win for strugglers Werder Bremen. Bittencourt’s first-half goal was enough to heap more misery on Schalke, who slump to a sixth defeat in seven Bundesliga games.
A brilliant counter-attack decided the game as Bittencourt latched onto Milot Rashica’s pass before firing a fierce shot into the top corner. Bremen defended brilliantly thereon, with the experienced duo of Sebastian Langkamp and Niklas Moisander leading from the back and helping Bremen secure consecutive away wins.
The result sets Bremen up nicely for their crucial game with Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday. They remain 17th in the table but are just three points adrift of safety with six games to play. Schalke’s miserable run continues, and the pressure is mounting on manager David Wagner.
Jadon Sancho Stars as Dortmund Thrash Paderborn
Jadon Sancho’s first career hat-trick helped Dortmund to a thunderous win at basement club Paderborn. The England attacker was in outstanding form on the day he made a statement of his own both on and off the pitch.
After a goalless first half, Dortmund seized the initiative in the second half with two goals inside the first 12 minutes. Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring after latching onto a loose ball after Leopold Zingerle fumbled the ball. Sancho added a second just moments later, tapping in Julian Brandt’s cross.
Paderborn pulled one back from the spot after Emre Can handled in the area. Uwe Hunemeier converted but the joy was short-lived as Dortmund got a third just two minutes later courtesy of Sancho. The talented attacker hit a wonderful shot on his weaker foot to seal three points. Dortmund would add further gloss in the final 15 minutes. Achraf Hakimi drilled in a fourth before Marcel Schmelzer added number five after Dortmund broke on the counter.
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Sancho completed his hat-trick in stoppage time with a brilliant individual goal after dancing his way through several Paderborn defenders. The result sees Dortmund remain second and keep their very faint title hopes alive. Paderborn remain bottom and extend their winless run to nine games.
LWOF Bundesliga Predictions
LWOF’s original predictions are in bold on the left, while the actual results are on the right.
SC Freiburg 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen – SC Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich 3-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf – Bayern Munich 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Hertha Berlin 2-0 FC Augsburg – Hertha Berlin 2-0 FC Augsburg
Mainz 2-2 Hoffenheim – Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim
Schalke 1-0 Werder Bremen – Schalke 0-1 Werder Bremen
Wolfsburg 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt – Wolfsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Union Berlin – Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Union Berlin
Paderborn 0-2 Borussia Dortmund – Paderborn 1-6 Borussia Dortmund
Koln 1-3 RB Leipzig – Koln 2-4 RB Leipzig
Round 30 kicks off on Friday 5th June. All games kick off on Saturday 6th June unless stated.
Freiburg v Borussia Monchengladbach – Friday 5th June, 19:30pm
Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin – Saturday 6th June, 17:30pm
Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim
RB Leipzig v Paderborn
FC Augsburg v Koln – Sunday 7th June, 17:00pm
Union Berlin v Schalke – Sunday 7th June, 14:30pm
Werder Bremen v Wolfsburg – Sunday 7th June, 12:30pm