German great Lothar Matthaus has boldly predicted how the Bundesliga table for the 2018/19 season will turn out come the end of the season
To the surprise of many, Bayern Munich’s hopes of a seventh league title in a row are under serious threat from runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund.
BVB’s perfect combination of youth and experience has proven to be, perhaps, the catalyst behind their title charge with youngsters Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen all starring. while the likes of Marco Reus and Axel Witsel have also been receiving plaudits for their respective efforts.
Currently, Lucien Favre’s men lead Bayern by six points from their opening 18 games with only one defeat.
Now Matthaus has laid out his final predictions for this season’s Bundesliga table to Sport Bild with Dortmund narrowly clinching the league title from Bayern by a single point.
The German World Cup winner, who won the Bundesliga seven times at Bayern, predicted last week that his old club will struggle to break Dortmund’s hold of top spot.
“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern,” said Matthaus.
RB Leipzig will finish third with Borussia Monchengladbach, who were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the campaign, completing the top-four.
But Hannover 96 and FC Nürnberg will be relegated with Fortuna Dusseldorf finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which will see them face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.
Matthaus’ final 2018/19 Bundesliga table after all 34 games
- Borussia Dortmund – 79 points
- Bayern Munich – 78 points
- RB Leipzig – 65 points
- Borussia Monchengladbach – 63 points
- TSG Hoffenheim – 56 points
- Eintracht Frankfurt – 55 points
- Bayer Leverkusen – 54 points
- VfL Wolfsburg – 46 points
- Werder Bremen – 44 points
- Hertha BSC – 43 points
- Schalke 04 – 40 points
- Mainz 05 – 35 points
- SC Freiburg – 35 points
- VfB Stuttgart – 33 points
- FC Augsburg – 31 points
- Fortuna Düsseldorf – 30 points
- Hannover 96 – 26 points
- FC Nurnberg – 22 points