The Bundesliga features a top of the table clash and a huge derby this weekend and promises to be just as entertaining as always after the quick turnaround from the Champions League and Europa League in midweek.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin
The Berlin derby is the biggest game of the weekend as Hertha Berlin host Union Berlin at the Olympiastadion. The six times they have met in the league have seen two wins each and two draws, but Hertha are ahead on goal difference thanks to a 4-0 win last season.
This is the first time in history that Union head into the Berlin derby ahead of their rivals in the table, and will be hoping that talisman Max Kruse can fire them to victory. Kruse has been involved in 11 of Union’s 21 goals this season with six goals and five assists.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig sees the teams in the top two positions face off, which could open up a big gap between Bayern and the rest if they emerge victorious. Each of the last three meetings between them has been a draw, but Leipzig have only beaten Bayern once in their history.
Bayern Munich rested Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski in midweek, so both should be fully fit to face the Red Bulls in Saturday’s late game. Lewandowski has scored in 21 of the 29 games he has played under Hansi Flick and Bayern have won every one of those. If Lewandowski scores, expect Bayern to win this weekend.
Eintracht Frankfurt have benefitted this season from not playing in Europe, and have only lost once in the league as a result. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, have had to rotate and suffered in midweek as Mats Hummels was injured in their Champions League draw with Lazio, while Erling Haaland is set to miss the month of December after picking up an injury in training ahead of that game.
Ryan Sessegnon has played the full 90 minutes in each of Hoffenheim’s last four games, and the Spurs loanee got off the mark for goals and assists in the last two games as he shows his talent in Germany. Hoffenheim host Augsburg on Sunday with TSG having lost just one of the last 12 meetings between the sides.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen – £1.36
Anyone playing Schalke is a good bet to impress this season, as they are on a run of 21 games without a clean sheet and 25 games without a win in the Bundesliga.
Leon Bailey has looked back to his best in 2020-21 and has two goals and two assists in his last six games in the league. He has also started every one of those, having proven to Peter Bosz that he can be consistently relied upon again.