The first weekend of the Bundesliga delivered exactly what was promised – plenty of goals and plenty of excitement.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running and once again look the most likely title contenders, but with many new arrivals all around the league, there are sure to be plenty of surprise results and a lot more goals this weekend.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Bayer Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig
Bayer Leverkusen host RB Leipzig on Saturday and former Red Bulls forward Patrik Schick is in line to feature against his former team. Both sides lost key players during the summer, with Kevin Volland leaving for Monaco and both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner moving to Chelsea.
As a result, each club has to find a new source of goals, and Leverkusen are hoping Schick can be the man to fire them forward. Leipzig added Alexander Sorloth this week, with the former Crystal Palace forward eager to make his mark on the Bundesliga after a breakout season in Turkey.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayern Munich kicked off their Bundesliga season where they left off the last one, scoring eight times against Schalke last Friday. Serge Gnabry bagged a hat-trick, while Leroy Sane scored one and set up two more on his Bayern debut. Hoffenheim will provide a much more difficult challenge, especially as they have their own in-form goalscorer in action, with Andrej Kramaric having scored all of Hoffenheim’s last nine competitive goals – including a hat-trick last weekend.
Borussia Dortmund play their 1800th Bundesliga game this weekend, travelling to Augsburg on the back of their own impressive win – a 3-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Jude Bellingham‘s star continues to rise after a solid league debut, while Erling Haaland has his sights set on eclipsing his 44-goal mark from last season – and already is off the mark with two.
Hertha Berlin have not beaten Eintracht Frankfurt in the last three meetings between the sides, but will look to turn that around on Friday evening. Hertha strengthened again this summer in the transfer market, but the task for Bruno Labbadia is now how he will fit all these players into a winning team. John Cordoba looks a clever signing from Köln and it will be interesting to see if he will start against the Eagles after coming off the bench last weekend to score on his debut.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Milot Rashica – Werder Bremen – £1.15
Milot Rashica is at his lowest price on Football Index in well over a year as the will he, won’t he join Aston Villa transfer saga drags on. Bremen confirmed they were in talks with the Premier League club, but have recently started speculating that he could stay in Germany beyond the end of the window.
He is back in training and could be in line to feature this weekend against a rudderless Schalke side. If he does stay at Bremen, he is sure to return to his best, but if he moves to the Premier League, he could be a breakout star for Aston Villa.