Games are coming thick and fast in Europe and in Germany, where there will be three matchdays in the next 10 days before the Bundesliga takes some time off for the winter break until January. With the Champions League and Europa League now on a break of its own, teams will want to get maximum points this weekend but may decide to rotate with another game coming in midweek.
Game of the Weekend
With Bayer Leverkusen already qualified in the Europa League, people expected Peter Bosz to play a weaker side on Thursday. However, he picked some big names against Slavia Prague, seeing Leon Bailey score twice in a 4-0 win. Hoffenheim should prove a trickier opponent this weekend, and Leverkusen have not won any of the last four meetings between the two sides.
Moussa Diaby only came off the bench vs Slavia, so could be in line to start alongside Bailey and Patrik Schick in an exciting three-man frontline. Hoffenheim haven’t been good in recent away games, so there could be plenty of goals in this one.
Rest of the Weekend
Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt this evening sees two of the most potent forwards in the Bundesliga face off as Wout Weghorst takes on Andre Silva. Weghorst has scored in four games in a row for the Wolves, and is closing in on Edin Dzeko’s club record of six games. He has seven goals in this season, putting him joint third in the top scorer race alongside Silva.
Matheus Cunha has six goals this season for Hertha Berlin, but will miss out through suspension. He will be a big loss against Borussia Mönchengladbach, with Javairo Dilrosun expected to replace him in the starting XI. Dilrosun has shown glimpses of his potential but has not really had a chance to play this season.
Bayern Munich rotated heavily against Lokomotiv Moscow in midweek, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Niklas Sule taking Bayern’s tally to 11 different goalscorers in the Champions League so far this season. Robert Lewandowski was rested and should be hungry to get back on the scoresheet this weekend after missing the Wednesday game and failing to find the net in last week’s six-goal thriller with RB Leipzig.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND – Ondrej Duda – Köln – £0.32
Ondrej Duda’s price has gone down in recent weeks, but despite that, his performances on the pitch indicate that he is just waiting to break out. He’s playing in a more advanced role for Köln after a disappointing season in England last year with Norwich City. The return of Sebastian Andersson should provide a better partner in the attack which could see Duda get some goals or assists against Mainz.