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DFL sets fixtures for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 until the end of the season

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DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga released the exact schedule for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches from Matchday 29 until the end of the season.

Matches now confirmed include the visit of league leaders FC Bayern München to third-placed VfL Wolfsburg on the Saturday of Matchday 29 (17 April, 3:30 p.m. CEST), while the Rhine derby between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CEST on the same day. Mid-week fixtures are scheduled for Matchday 30 (Tuesday, 20 April, and Wednesday, 21 April). A kick-off time has also been set for the tie between fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund and second-placed RB Leipzig on Matchday 32 (Saturday, 8 May, 3:30 p.m. CEST). FC Bayern München host Borussia Mönchengladbach three hours later, at 6:30 p.m. CEST.

As things stand, all fixtures on Bundesliga Matchday 33 are scheduled for Saturday, 15 May, at 3:30 p.m. CEST. There may be some alterations, as the final of the DFB-Pokal is due to be played two days beforehand (Thursday, 13 May). Three Bundesliga clubs are still in this competition: Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and SV Werder Bremen. If one or two of these clubs get through to the final, the Bundesliga matches involving these teams will subsequently be moved from Saturday, 15 May, to Sunday, 16 May, in order to allow sufficient recovery time.

In Bundesliga 2, the fixture on the Monday evening of Matchday 29 has been rescheduled due to the subsequent mid-week games. As a result, there will now be three matches on Friday 16 April. The matchdays that have now been scheduled include several clashes between clubs in the top third of the table. For instance, one of the mid-week fixtures on Matchday 30 sees second-placed Hamburger SV take on fifth-placed Karlsruher SC on Tuesday, 20 April (6:30 p.m. CEST). On Matchday 33, it is fourth-placed Holstein Kiel’s turn to face Karlsruher SC (Sunday, 16 May, 3:30 p.m. CEST). The schedule of league leaders VfL Bochum 1848 includes a clash with Hannover 96 on Matchday 29 (Sunday, 18 April, 1:30 p.m. CEST) and a trip to 1. FC Nürnberg on Matchday 33 (Sunday, 16 May, 3:30 p.m. CEST).

In addition, the dates for the 2021 relegation play-offs have been set:

Bundesliga – Bundesliga 2:
First leg, 26 May 2021: 16th-placed team in the Bundesliga v. 3rd-placed team in Bundesliga 2 (6:30 p.m. CEST)
Second leg, 29 May 2021: 3rd-placed team in Bundesliga 2 v. 16-placed team in the Bundesliga 2 (6:00 p.m. CEST)

Bundesliga 2 – 3. Liga:
First leg, 27 May 2021: 3rd-placed team in 3. Liga v. 16-placed team in Bundesliga 2 (6:15 p.m. CEST)
Second leg, 30 May 2021: 16th-placed team in Bundesliga 2 v. 3rd-placed team in 3. Liga (1:30 p.m. CEST)

The current fixtures can be downloaded here:
Bundesliga Matchdays 29-34 + relegation play-offs
Bundesliga 2 Matchdays 29-34 + relegation play-offs

(DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga)