After another unpredictable weekend of Bundesliga action, Borussia Mönchengladbach moved three points clear at the top of the table, while the league’s only undefeated team had their run ended as Wolfsburg were easily defeated by Borussia Dortmund.
The major drama happened off the field after Eintracht Frankfurt smashed 10-man Bayern Munich, with Niko Kovac finding himself out of a job to leave Bayern in search of a new head coach – where everyone from Jose Mourinho to Arsene Wenger has been touted as a possibility.
Bundesliga Match of the Weekend: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund | Saturday 17:30
Hansi Flick has taken charge of Bayern for at least this week as the board in Munich decide what to do next and faces the most difficult domestic game of them all in his first Bundesliga match in charge.
Saturday’s Der Klassiker sees Bayern Munich looking up at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table, but recent history is on their side as Bayern have won the last five home games against Dortmund in the Bundesliga, outscoring their rivals 22 goals to three.
After being frozen out by Kovac, Thomas Muller started in midweek under Flick, but is currently having his worst goalscoring streak in his career – failing to score in any of his last 19 league games.
On the other hand, Thorgan Hazard is in excellent form for Dortmund, and has been directly involved in five of his side’s last seven goals (1 goal, 4 assists).
Rest of the Weekend
The last time Köln faced Hoffenheim, the home side won 6-0. On that occasion, Hoffenheim were the hosts but this game sees TSG travel to Köln on Friday night. Robert Skov finally scored his first Bundesliga goal last weekend, but despite setting the Danish Superliga season record last season, has been pushed out wide at Hoffenheim.
Hertha Berlin have lost every time RB Leipzig have visited the Olympiastadion, and the Red Bulls travel with confidence having recorded their biggest-ever Bundesliga win last weekend. Timo Werner got three goals and three assist in the 8-0 win over Mainz, becoming the first player to be involved in six goals in one Bundesliga game since Claudio Pizarro for Bayern Munich back in 2013.
Marcus Thuram has five goals and four assists in his last six games for Borussia Mönchengladbach and has proven to be one of the signings of the season. He’ll come up against a Werder Bremen side who cannot find a win, having drawn their last five league games. Milot Rashica should be the star man for the visitors, having scored four goals in his last five games.
Player of the Weekend – Nils Petersen – Freiburg – £0.53
Nils Petersen needs just one more goal to reach 50 Bundesliga goals, and faces one of his favourite opponents this weekend in Eintracht Frankfurt. In his career, he has scored five goals against the Eagles (six goals against Augsburg is his best tally versus a single opponent). He scored 10 goals last season in the league and is already half-way to that tally in 2019-20, having scored twice against Werder Bremen last weekend.