Home stadium advantage has been nullified in the Bundesliga since the return of the Bundesliga from the Covid-19 break. Teams that would typically be buoyed by their home crowds have now found it even more difficult to defeat away teams.
Between Saturday, May 16 (the Bundesliga’s return) and Saturday, May 23, 15 games of German top-flight football were played. Only three of those 15 fixtures ended in home victories while eight ended in home team losses.
Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, and Bayern Munich were the only three clubs to register home victories during that 15-game stretch. In each case, the teams played inferior opposition with a sinking Schalke, powerless Union Berlin, and hot and cold Eintracht Frankfurt all recording losses.
The number of away victories between May 16 and May 23 was rather remarkable. Eight games finished with the away team picking up the victory, although in some cases (Union Berlin/Bayern Munich) it wasn’t much of a stretch. Still, the likes of Bayer Leverkusen went away twice in the same week to claim impressive wins versus Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach. Wolfsburg claimed a late win at Augsburg while Werder Bremen gave themselves a relegation lifeline by beating Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
The final matchday of the Bundesliga prior to the Covid-19 break saw nine games played between Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8. Only two of those nine games ended in an away win as Koln defeated Paderborn and Borussia Monchengladbach lost to Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, three games resulted in home wins and four fixtures finished in draws.
Home stadium advantage has certainly left the division which could make for an exciting run-in. Title chasers Borussia Dortmund will host Bayern Munich in midweek before facing off with a suddenly struggling to win RB Leipzig. Of the title chasers, Lucien Favre’s team have the easier run-in. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, must go away to Signal Iduna Park ahead of an away game versus Bayer Leverkusen and a home match with Borussia Monchengladbach. Without supporters at any of these upcoming games, anything can happen. Will it be the great equaliser in which football does all the talking?
Seven matchdays must still be played with Bayern Munich four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the race for the title. The last two matchdays saw both RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach fall by the wayside. Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen are arguably the hottest team in the division right now playing with the hottest attacking player, Kai Havertz. The German youngster bagged a brace on Saturday versus Borussia Monchengladbach and is leading an unlikely title challenge at the BayArena.
Bayer Leverkusen are eight points behind Bayern Munich but have the chance to upset the latter’s title charge. The Company XI play Bayern Munich on June 6 in a massive showdown at home. However, will home stadium advantage play a part on that day? Bosz’s team are also in the semifinals of the German Cup tournament with a match versus lower league club Saarbruecken on tap three days after playing Bayern Munich.
There is still a lot to play for in Germany and with away teams winning over 50% of the last 15 matches in the league, anything can happen.