Giving Bayern Munich a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with just five games to go is not what any title rivals would have wanted when the season kicked off.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s men went into the season as favourites – just like they do every other year.
And despite the huge interruption of the recent lockdown across the world, they went into the run-in as favourites too.
With players like Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, Alphonso Davies and Serge Gnabry too, everything is stacked towards the Bavarian outfit lifting the title.
But a seven-point lead with just five games to go may be the point where their title rivals admit defeat in their pursuit of what would be a shock Championship win.
Now, it looks more like Bayern are just one or two games away from sealing the title – and that makes this weekend’s game against Bayer Leverkusen all the more interesting.
Why? Well, Leverkusen currently sit as one of the toughest challenges Bayern have to overcome between now and the current closing on the current campaign, and you can pick a winner via football betting.
Peter Bosz’s team sit fifth in the Bundesliga right now and have serious aspirations to clinch Champions League football for next season.
They are deep into the Europa League already this term and can be proud of their 2019/20 campaign regardless of how it ends.
And when you consider Bayern have Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Werder Bremen, Freiburg and Wolfsburg to play, it’s clear to see Leverkusen may be that toughest test.
Monchengladbach may disagree with that considering they currently sit fourth in the table, but a win against Leverkusen this weekend to maintain or even extend their seven-point lead with just four games to play would put Bayern on the cusp of their eight title in a row.
And given their dominance over the years, you have to be very confident they will get over the line when so close.
So will they overcome their next big test?
Bayern haven’t lost in 2020 so far, with their last defeat coming away Monchengladbach.
Who did they lose against before that? Seven days previous at home to none other than Bayer Leverkusen.
If that doesn’t prove that the challenge of Leverkusen this weekend is one of the biggest tests they’ll face between now and potentially lifting that title then nothing will.
And if you don’t think it’s over after Bayern beat Leverkusen this weekend then a victory for the reigning champions against Monchengladbach will definitely seal it.
That’s all based on their rivals keeping up their end of the bargain too.
Dortmund are seven points off Bayern in second and have a very winnable home clash against Hertha Berlin this weekend.
But they’ve still to face RB Leipzig between now and season’s end and visiting Saxony comes with no guarantee they will leave with all three points.
So it might end up out with Bayern’s hands if rivals like Dortmund, Leipzig, Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen can’t finish the season strongly and apply the pressure needed to maintain a title fight.