As we enter the 7th game of this Bundesliga season, the league’s narrative is really just beginning to take shape. Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund lead the title charge – as expected – with Bayer Leverkusen just a point behind. At the other end, Nürnberg, Eintracht Braunschweig and Freiburg are all still looking for their first wins of the season.
FC Augsburg v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Friday night sees two teams level on points facing off in a match that could see one of the sides temporarily seize a Champions League spot. Gladbach haven’t failed to score in any of their league games so far this season, but have also leaked goals at the back, only keeping a clean sheet once. Both sides have yet to draw a match this season, so in the clash that’s bound to follow, Gladbach could make their extra quality count and nick a road victory – a result that could puncture FCA’s early triumphant narrative this season.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Hannover 96
For many, this is the weekend’s Topspiel. At Leverkusen’s Bay Arena, the 3rd place side battles the 4th place side (Hannover have surprised many with their four wins so far this season). Again, coming into the match, neither side has yet drawn a match. Leverkusen will be hoping to extend their current winning streak to three games on Saturday. Gonzalo Castro remains injured for the home side, while Hannover are without star striker Mame Biram Diouf.
Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg
Bayern will be looking to go top by bettering Dortmund’s result in Munich on Saturday. The Bavarians will be hoping to keep up their impressive defensive record with a fifth clean sheet on Saturday. 6th placed Wolfsburg are another side looking towards the Champions League places, if they manage the unlikely victory in Munich. Bayern are still without Thiago, Mario Götze and Javi Martínez as well as long-term absentee Holger Badstuber. Meanwhile, former Bayern man and red card record holder, Luiz Gustavo, will be looking to impress his former club in his first match against them since his summer transfer.
Borussia Dortmund v SC Freiburg
The recent stories speculating that Robert Lewandowski will announce his Bayern move in January shouldn’t stop Dortmund from winning again on Saturday. Lewandowski himself will be hoping to add to his four goals tally after an inconsistent start to the season. Dortmund remain without Piszczek, Kehl and Gündoğan. Meanwhile, Freiburg are looking for their first win of a poor start the season and will have to do it without the injured Václav Pilař for this game.
Hertha Berlin v Mainz 05
Hertha will be looking to continue their impressive home form on Saturday against an improving, but inconsistent Mainz side. Three wins and three defeats leave Mainz in 7th place although with the handicap of a negative goal difference (-3). Their fans will be hoping for what could be an excellent away win at the Olympic Stadion in Berlin. Neither side has any real injury concerns, and given their goal-scoring outputs, this could be a high-scoring match.
TSG Hoffenheim v Schalke 04
The least one could expect from this game are some goals. Hoffenheim’s matches contain the most goals of any Bundesliga team with 30 goals coming from the 6 games so far. Schalke is hoping for better league form after their impressive start in the Champions League. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Chinedu Obasi and Christian Fuchs remain injured for Schalke, while Kevin-Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler are doubtful. Hoffenheim are still missing Sejad Salihović through suspension. Don’t rule out yet another high-scoring encounter.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburger SV
Both of these sides will be looking to really kick start what has been two inconsistent starts to the season. New manager Bert van Marwijk will take charge of his match at Hamburg, who has conceded the 2nd highest tally of goal so far in the Bundesliga, while Frankfurt are just three places above them with just seven points in six matches. Frankfurt are without captain Pirmin Schwegler (knee), while Hamburg have Dennis Diekmeier (foot) and Tomás Rincón (jaw) injured.
Werder Bremen v 1.FC Nürnberg
Werder will be looking to continue what has been a mixed start to their campaign, as a fourth win of the season is within reach as 1.FCN visit on Sunday afternoon. Bremen occupy the middle of the table in a congested field of five teams on nine points. Nürnberg, on the other hand, is looking for its first win of the season after four draws and two defeats so far. The club’s lack of goals has been a major factor in their inability to win this season, as Der Club have only scored six in six matches.
Eintracht Braunschweig v VfB Stuttgart
Braunschweig have really struggled in their long-awaited return to the top flight. Just one point from a possible eighteen sees them solidly at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. The club has only scored just three goals so far. Stuttgart are not too far ahead, however, having only won twice this season and will be hoping they can capitalise on Braunschweig’s poor form.
Augsburg 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Hannover
Bayern München 3-0 Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Freiburg
Hertha Berlin 4-2 Mainz
Hoffenheim 2-3 Schalke
Frankfurt 2-2 Hamburg
Werder Bremen 3-1 Nurnberg
Braunschweig 0-1 Stuttgart
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