Borussia Mönchengladbach have retained their hold on top spot in the Bundesliga, but find themselves coming under increasing pressure from RB Leipzig, who have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.
Gladbach have been amazing under new boss Marco Rose, but face another difficult test this week. Leipzig also have a tricky tie of their own, meaning the title race is still as unpredictable as it has been all season.
With just four games to go until the winter break, the battle for the Bundesliga keeps heating up!
Match of the Weekend – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hertha Berlin
The game which kicks off the weekend’s action on Friday evening is one even the casual viewer will enjoy as Europa League hopefuls Frankfurt host Jurgen Klinsmann’s new side. The former USMNT manager had a tricky first fixture last weekend facing Borussia Dortmund and has been handed another difficult match in his second game at the helm.
However, Frankfurt are on a run of three Bundesliga defeats in a row and have won just one of their last 10 meetings with Hertha. Bad news for Eintracht is that Bas Dost is likely to be out for the rest of 2019, meaning Goncalo Paciencia and Andre Silva will lead the line.
Rest of the Weekend
Julian Nagelsmann hosts his former employers as RB Leipzig take on Hoffenheim in what promises to be a game filled with goals. Leipzig have never kept a clean sheet against Hoffenheim, while Timo Werner’s good form continues with seven goals and five assists in his last four games. He’s averaging a goal involvement every 60 minutes this season, with team-mate Christopher Nkunku having a hand in a goal every 67 minutes. Leipzig will also be boosted by the return of both Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Halstenberg.
Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat under Hansi Flick last weekend and could be in for another difficult afternoon on Saturday as they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Thomas Müller ended his goal drought in that defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, notching his first league goal in 1,359 minutes and has found himself regularly back in the starting XI under Flick.
Despite beating Bayern in Munich last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen have struggled at home this season and are on a run of four home games without a win. They host Schalke in Saturday’s evening fixture, with the Royal Blues impressing in the early part of the season. They currently sit in third place and have looked like a team reborn under David Wagner. Guido Burgstaller could be in line to start in his favourite venue, the BayArena, where he has scored in each of his last three visits.
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He has netted three in his last two games, including a double against Borussia Dortmund, proving that the calibre of opponent is irrelevant as he can score against any side. He has five goals in nine Bundesliga appearances this season and will look to perform his iconic snake celebration again this weekend.