Bundesliga predictions: RB Leipzig to seal fourth

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Christopher Nkunku has been RB Leipzig's star man this season
Christopher Nkunku has been RB Leipzig's star man this season

All 18 Bundesliga clubs play on Saturday afternoon on the final day of the German top-flight season when fourth place — and with it Champions League football next term — is still up for grabs.

Bayern Munich were crowned champions last month, while Borussia Dortmund are confirmed as finishing runners-up with Bayer Leverkusen's position in third also assured ahead of the final day. 

That leaves RB Leipzig and Freiburg to fight it out for a place at Europe's top table.

Go fourth and conquer

Leipzig are very much in the driving seat as they sit two points clear of Freiburg ahead of their trip to second-bottom Arminia Bielefeld, while the Breisgau Brazilians go to Leverkusen knowing a win and a defeat for the Red Bulls would see them dramatically leapfrog their rivals. 

It is an unlikely scenario though, as Domenico Tedesco's men are taking on a team without a victory since February 19 and one on the verge of being relegated. 

Arminia are not mathematically down yet, but only an unexpected turnaround comprising of a home victory, a Stuttgart defeat at home to Cologne with an eight-goal swing in their favour would see them displace the Swabians and move up to 16th and into the relegation play-off place. 

Arminia have at least scored in each of their last three games so it might be wise to look at the both teams to score markets and a Leipzig victory, considering the visitors have struck 14 goals in their last six league outings and hammered Augsburg 4-0 last time out. 

Christopher Nkunku is the obvious candidate in the goalscorer markets for the match as the Frenchman has 34 strikes in all competitions for Leipzig this season and four in his last three matches.

Cologne sniff chance of victory

Ex-Blackburn loanee Anthony Modeste has scored 15 Bundesliga goals this season for Cologne
Ex-Blackburn loanee Anthony Modeste has scored 15 Bundesliga goals this season for Cologne

Stuttgart are more than likely to finish the day stuck in 16th place and set for a relegation play-off, but Cologne still have European qualification to play for.

A win for the Billy Goats and a defeat for sixth-placed Union Berlin at home to Bochum would mean Cologne end up in sixth, where they would take a probable Europa League place, while a seventh-place finish means a Europa Conference League play-off spot instead. 

The visitors had won four on the bounce before a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend but they should get back to winning ways at the Mercedez-Benz Arena to at least do their bit in their bid to finish sixth. 

Finally, expect champions Bayern to end their campaign with a convincing victory at Wolfsburg, while Dortmund will look to give Manchester City-bound striker Erling Haaland the perfect send-off with a home win over Hertha Berlin.

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1. BundesligaRB LeipzigFreiburgVfB StuttgartFC KoelnBayer LeverkusenArminia Bielefeld
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