It feels like only a few days ago that there was Bundesliga games – probably because that’s exactly what happened! The German top-flight is not known for midweek matches, but to fit in another couple of matchdays before the winter break, games will take place on December 15 and 16.
The usual weekend fixtures will follow after that before the Bundesliga takes a break until the start of January, giving players a chance to rest and spend time with their families over Christmas and the holidays.
Game of the matchday
A new era for Borussia Dortmund starts as they begin life after Lucien Favre. The Swiss coach was sacked on the back of a 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart, with Edin Terzic promoted to caretaker manager for the rest of the season.
Terzic’s first game in charge is away at Werder Bremen, and Dortmund fans are eager to see what kind of lineup he selects, especially with Erling Haaland out of action until the new year. Marco Reus could be used as a false nine with Julian Brandt brought into midfield, while there is also question marks over who will partner Emre Can in the double-six as Jude Bellingham and Axel Witsel compete for a starting spot.
Rest of the matchday
The early game on Tuesday is Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the visitors struggling for fitness after a difficult Champions League campaign where they secured qualification from a difficult group and knocked Inter out of Europe. Breel Embolo is looking to score for three consecutive games for the first time in his career, while Frankfurt’s own striking hopes will be boosted if Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer fails to prove his fitness.
Julian Nagelsmann has been in charge every time Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig have met in the past. Having coached Hoffenheim for seven of those meetings, he moved to Leipzig, where he has faced his former employers twice. The young coach rotated his side at the weekend, but is likely to return Angelino to the starting XI on Wednesday, with the former Manchester City defender proving to be one of the best players in the Bundesliga this season.
Schalke’s winless run has continued into this season and looks like it won’t end this week either, which is a big positive for Freiburg who visit Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday. Vicenzo Grifo could be a big beneficiary of Schalke’s decline as he looks to score in his fourth game in a row for the visitors.
Player of the matchday – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich – £2.22
Wolfsburg have never beaten Bayern Munich in Munich in the Bundesliga despite 23 attempts. That is unlikely to change on Wednesday as Robert Lewandowski looks to improve his personal record against the Wolves, which now stands at 21 goals in 19 league games.