The sheer unpredictability of Germany’s top flight was on full display last weekend. Bayern’s shock loss away to ‘Gladbach along with Schalke’s unprecedented comeback against BVB were only two examples of the list of thrilling action that unfolded on Match Day 13. Elsewhere Freiburg got back to winning ways and Leverkusen grabbed an important win at Frankfurt.
The only score line that I was able to accurately predict was RB Leipzig’s 2-0 win against Werder Bremen. Match Day 14 won’t be any easier but here we will take a look at all 9 fixtures which again promise a lot excitement.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund
The standout match of the Match Day is between two teams with contrasting forms at the moment. BVB have only collected two points from their last 5 games, a form that is second worst in the league. The only side to be in a worse form than the Black and Yellows is bottom side Cologne.
Leverkusen on the other hand are enjoying life under their new manager Heiko Herrlich. After a poor season which saw them miss out on European football die Werkself are striving to get back to their usual place in the table.
The last time the two teams met BVB thrashed Roger Schmidt’s side 6-2, a result which subsequently cost him the job. The reverse fixture earlier that season however was a 2-0 victory for Bayer. Home advantage coupled with the form of striker Kevin Volland makes B04 favourites going into Saturday’s action. Peter Bosz who is fighting to maintain his position will have a hard time facing them as well.
2-1 win for Leverkusen
Freiburg vs Hamburg
Both clubs recorded much-needed wins last weekend. Freiburg managed to salvage a 1-0 victory against Mainz and Hamburg grabbed an emphatic 3-0 triumph against Hoffenheim. The two teams are only separated by a point with Hamburg in 15th place and Freiburg one place lower. Friday’s fixture will be a crucial game for both as they try to pull away from the relegation places. Freiburg will look to make their home advantage count which is why I believe they will get all 3 points on Friday’s action.
1-0 win for Freiburg
Bayern Munich vs Hannover
After only their 2nd loss of the season at Borussia Park, Bayern will want to get back to winning ways when they host one of the surprise teams of the season. The last time the Bavarians lost to Hannover was on October 23, 2011. Bayern have won all 10 games the two sides played after that by scoring a total of 33 goals, a 3.3 goal average per game which makes them huge favourites on Saturday.
3-0 win for Bayern
Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig
Leipzig trail first-place Bayern Munich by only three points and need to keep their winning form if they have any chance of lifting the Bundesliga trophy come May. The added burden of the Champions League meant a slow start for the Red Bull backed club but they seem to hit their stride at the right moment of the season. Hoffenheim however are still struggling both domestically and in Europe. Julian Nagelsmann’s troops endured a tough week. They lost to Sporting Braga and Hamburg in the space of three days.
It was Leipzig who handed Hoffenheim their first league defeat of the 2016/17 season and it looks like that will be repeated this weekend.
2-1 win for Leipzig
Werder Bremen vs Stuttgart
Florian Kohfeldt’s Bremen have won one and lost one under his leadership. The next challenge for them comes from promoted Stuttgart who are enjoying a solid campaign so far. This will be a close contest but Stuttgart’s struggles away from home can be exposed in this game. Werder welcome back playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic from short-term injury, while Stuttgart will be without Daniel Ginczek once again, while Chadrac Akolo’s status remains unclear after the initial diagnosis from his injury a few weeks back would be that he’d miss the Bremen fixture. The clubs have combined for at least two goals scored in all of their last 20 meetings.
2-1 win for Bremen
Mainz vs Augsburg
It’s 13th vs 8th at the Opel Arena. There is a six point gap between the two and having lost their last game against Freiburg, Mainz are in need of a win so as to avoid slipping into the relegation zone. But Augsburg, who levied the first defeat in two months on Wolfsburg’s Coach Martin Schmidt, will offer a tough challenge for Sandro Schwarz’s team. FCA are just average among Bundesliga clubs, whereas Mainz are fifth best in the league at home, so this feels like a squeaker.
1-0 win for Augsburg
Schalke vs Cologne
Everything looks doom and gloom for Cologne. Their 1-0 win against Arsenal in the Europa League was thought to have reinvigorated them but they lost to Hertha on Sunday and still sit rock bottom with two points, lagging six points behind Werder Bremen in 17th. Because of this a trip to the Veltins Arena will be a hard task. The Royal Blues are still ecstatic about their Derby spoils, despite BVB CEO Watzke’s attempts to play down their achievements by suggesting they only got a point. It doesn’t look like they will show any mercy for the visitors on Saturday’s late game.
4-1 win for Schalke
Wolfsburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hecking’s side keep on pulling off unexpected results. They have beaten Bayern 2-1 and Matthias Ginter grabbed the winner. So it would only be natural if they follow that with a loss vs Wolfsburg, right? Well not really. Gladbach have been strong on the road this season, with only one loss in six away contests. The Wolves lost Maxi Arnold to a harsh red card and will come into this game determined to bounce back. Looks like shared points Sunday.
Hertha Berlin vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Vedad Ibisevic and Davie Selke’s return to fitness has been a big boost for Pal Dardai’s team. At the Olympic Stadium they will look to continue their win from the previous Match Day by beating Frankfurt, who lost to Leverkusen at home last Saturday. But Niko Kovac’ Eagles are only bettered by Bayern Munich in earning points on the road this season. BSC will have to bring their ‘A’ game, combining their new found goalscoring prowess with a rediscovery of their defensive stinginess to take all three points from an opportunistic Frankfurt side.
2-0 win for Hertha Berlin