Bundesliga: Live conference (3:30 p.m.)

Union Berlin – Bayer Leverkusen -:-

1. FC Heidenheim – FC Bayern -:-

1. FSV Mainz 05 – SV Darmstadt 98 -:-

SC Freiburg – RB Leipzig -:-

1. FC Cologne – VfL Bochum -:-

Preliminary reports: Union Berlin – Bayer Leverkusen

Situation: The Werkself, who remain undefeated this season, are 13 points ahead of their pursuer, FC Bayern, and are practically confirmed as champions. Union will almost certainly remain in the league in twelfth place.

Statistics: Union remains pointless against the top five in the table this season. Of the nine previous Bundesliga games against Leverkusen, the Köpenickers were only able to win on January 15, 2021 (1-0).

Staff: The sick Roussillon and Haberer are not in the Union. In Leverkusen all the players travel to Berlin.

Special: Alonso has been Leverkusen coach since October 2022. His highest BundesligaCelebrated a 5-0 victory against Union Berlin.

1. FC Heidenheim – FC Bayern Munich

Situation: Heidenheim starts the day in eleventh place and is on track to stay in the league. Recently there were two ties. Bayern recently lost to Borussia Dortmund and are in second place, 13 points behind leaders Leverkusen.

Statistics: Bayern have won their last eight Bundesliga games against newly promoted teams over the seasons, scoring 17 goals this season.

Staff: The newcomer has to do without the sick Theuerkauf and the blocked Dovedan. Bayern goalkeeper Neuer, Coman, Sané, Pavlovic and Mazraoui are not in the squad.

Special: Thomas Müller is about to play his 700th official match for the FC Bayern first team; only Sepp Maier surpassed this mark before him.

SC Freiburg – RB Leipzig

Situation: The sports club begins the day in eighth place and recently clearly beat Borussia Mönchengladbach. Leipzig is unbeaten in five competitive games and is fighting to return to the Champions League.

Statistics: Freiburg lost their last home game against Leverkusen and so far this season SC has not suffered two home defeats in a row.

Staff: Freiburg coach Streich has to do without national player Ginter. Sallai, Lienhart and Weißhaupt could return. Haidara is once again an option at RB after serving a yellow card suspension.

Special: In 2016 both clubs were promoted together. Since then, the Saxons have scored 128 more points than Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

FSV Mainz 05 – SV Darmstadt 98

Situation: Both teams are fighting to stay in the league. Mainz could secure their relegation spot with a win and possibly move closer to Bochum. However, a defeat would be fatal for Darmstadt. The difference with the relegation zone would increase to nine points with only six games remaining. If the Lilies want to have a say in staying in the league, they have to win.

Statistics: Both teams faced each other a total of 19 times. Rheinhessen won ten games and Darmstadt won six. Three games ended in a draw. Mainz only lost twice at home to D98, in 1988 and 1992, in the 2nd Bundesliga.

Staff: Mainz's Kohr returns after suspension. If he plays in defensive midfield, Amiri would advance. Lee and Gruda are options to boost the offense. Darmstadt is still worried about Skarke. If the offensive player doesn't arrive in time, Peiffer and Torsiello are options. Holland and Bader are back in shape and therefore probably ready too.

Special: Mainz remains undefeated at home under new coach Henriksen, with two wins and a draw. For the Dane, the top of the descent is like an end.

1. FC Cologne – VfL Bochum

Situation: Cologne is second to last and is in the direct relegation zone, Bochum, in 15th place, is on the safe side. Currently seven points separate both. FC has not won in seven games and VfL has not won five.

Statistics: Of 31 duels played in Cologne, FC won 22, while Bochum won two. But the last one was 2-0. It was Bochum's biggest away win since promotion in 2021.

Staff: In Cologne Selke is fit and Waldschmidt works at least part-time. Kwarteng and Patience are absent from Bochum.

Special: Cologne has not yet lost away from home under coach Schultz. All five games ended in a draw. However, FC lost its last three home games.

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