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The games to watch on Matchday 29

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The end of the season is approaching fast! There are six matchdays remaining in the Bundesliga, and after the unfortunate UCL quarter-final exit against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening, FC Bayern can now fully focus on the championship. The record champions visit third placed VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 29, and want to take the next step towards defending their title. Meanwhile, pursuers RB Leipzig host TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Find out which games are important from FC Bayern's point of view this matchday!

RB Leipzig - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Leipzig prevailed 4-1 at Werder Bremen last matchday and remain Bayern's immediate chasers.

Kickoff: Friday, 16.04.2021, 2:30 pm ET

Significance: Bayern's pursuers RB Leipzig kick off Matchday 29 with a home fixture against Hoffenheim on Friday evening. After the record champions' draw against Union Berlin last week, the Saxons are five points behind the leaders. A win against Die Kraichgauer is a must if RB want to maintain their hopes in the title race. The chances are not bad - Leipzig are unbeaten in six competitive games against Hoffenheim, and TSG are without a league win in their last five away games. 

Key fact: The situation seems clear going into the game: Leipzig have only lost one of their last ten Bundesliga games (eight wins, one draw), while Hoffenheim have only won two in ten (three draws, five defeats). RB have not lost any of their twelve Friday games so far, and have the best defence in the league, with only 23 goals conceded. The Saxons are having the best season in club history with 60 points from 28 games.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 1. FC Köln

After five defeats in their last eight games, Bayer 04 managed a goalless draw at TSG Hoffenheim on the last matchday.

Kickoff: Saturday, 17.04.2021, 12:30 pm ET

Significance: Bayer Leverkusen have the Rhineland derby against 1. FC Köln as their warmup before their trip to Bayern on Tuesday evening (2:30 pm ET). Under new coach Hannes Wolf, who replaced struggling Peter Bosz at the end of March, the Werkself have picked up four points from two games and maintained their chances of qualifying for the Europa League. Köln also have a new coach: Friedhelm Funkel succeeded Markus Gisdol this week and is returning to the Bundesliga 447 days after his last game as coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Incidentally, the opponents back then were Bayer Leverkusen.

Key fact: Köln have only managed two points from their last eight games and are currently the team who have gone the longest without a Bundesliga victory. Leverkusen have only won two in ten (three draws, five defeats). The two rivals have met 65 times in the league, with 25 wins for the Werkself, 24 draws and 16 wins for Köln (102-86 goals). Bayer 04 have won the last two derbies.

Matchday 29 overview

Friday, 16.04.2021 | 2:30 pm ET
RB Leipzig - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Saturday, 17.04.2021 | 9:30 am ET
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Eintracht Frankfurt
VfL Wolfsburg - FC Bayern München
SC Freiburg - FC Schalke 04
1. FC Union Berlin - VfB Stuttgart
FC Augsburg - DSC Arminia Bielefeld

Saturday, 17.04.2021 | 12:30 pm ET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 1. FC Köln

Sunday, 18.04.2021 | 9:30 am ET
Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen

Sunday, 18.04.2021 | 12 pm ET
1. FSV Mainz 05 - Hertha BSC

The Bayern view was part of the former digital match magazine Pack ma's.

During the week, injured striker Robert Lewandowski resumed running training.