Despite another week of Bundesliga action, there is still little to separate the top teams in the German top flight. Borussia Mönchengladbach remain at the summit, but only by a point over Bayern Munich, while just five points separate the top 10 teams after nine games.
A disappointing Revierderby last week saw neither Schalke nor Borussia Dortmund find the scoresheet, seeing them both slip slightly in the table. However, with more than a quarter of the season over, both are within touching distance of top spot.
Bundesliga Match of the Weekend – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich
Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t beaten Bayern Munich in the last 16 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides, and the odds favour the Bavarians again this weekend. Frankfurt coach Adi Hutter picked up where Niko Kovac left off when he switched to Bayern, and has the Eagles firing on all cylinders again this season, even with the departures of Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.
Bas Dost scored another two goals in midweek as Frankfurt advanced in the DFB Pokal, and could partner Goncalo Paciencia in attack against Bayern. The visitors have their own in-form striker in the guise of Robert Lewandowski, who has had his best start to a season ever with at least a goal in each of his first nine games. He has 13 in total so far, but needs two this weekend to equal Gerd Muller’s league record of 15 goals from the first 10 games.
Rest of the Weekend
Maximilian Eggestein is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Werder Bremen as they take on Freiburg. The 22-year-old will be the club’s second-youngest player ever to reach the milestone. Eggestein has become a crucial part of Bremen’s team and the midfielder has even been linked with the likes of Arsenal before he signed a new deal in April.
Leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach have another difficult game this weekend after recording an impressive 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last Sunday. They travel to Leverkusen hoping to keep a third consecutive clean sheet over Bayer. Last season’s games finished 2-0 and 1-0 to Gladbach, who are a danger from set-pieces with Laszlo Benes providing three assists from free-kicks so far this season.
Wolfsburg are the only undefeated side in the Bundesliga but lost 6-1 to RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Borussia Dortmund are always difficult to play at Signal Iduna Park, and set a new club record two weeks ago by scoring in a 29th successive home game. Paco Alcacer is back in contention to start after an achilles problem. He had five goals in six games before the injury.
Bundesliga Player of the Weekend – Andrej Kramaric – Hoffenheim – £1.82
Andrej Kramaric also has his eye on a record this weekend, looking to contribute to his 73rd goal for Hoffenheim. The striker has 52 goals and 20 assists for the club, one shy of Sejad Salihovic’s combined goal and assists record. Since returning from a knee injury, the World Cup finalist has two goals in two games and was allowed to rest for the cup game in midweek.