Two big upsets last week have meant that Hoffenheim surprisingly lead the Bundesliga with both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich slipping up. That is very good news for the neutral and keeps things interesting in the race for the Bundesliga title.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin
Bayern Munich added another trophy to their collection in midweek with a 3-2 German Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund. Despite the success, Bayern looked tired, having had to play many games over the past few weeks, including the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla which went to extra time.
They rested Robert Lewandowski last weekend against Hoffenheim, resulting in a shock 4-1 defeat, but will be determined to turn things around this weekend as they host Hertha Berlin. Leroy Sané has been ruled out for the next four weeks, meaning Kingsley Coman is in line to return to the starting XI while Alphonso Davies should also start after recovering from his own fitness issues.
Rest of the Weekend
Borussia Dortmund were on the losing side in that Supercup game, but will look to bounce back from a disappointing week with a home match against Freiburg. Jadon Sancho missed out against Bayern Munich due to an illness which also affected goalkeeper Roman Bürki. The transfer saga with Manchester United also overshadows Sancho, and he is not expected to feature this weekend. Julian Brandt played well against Bayern and could feature from the start against Freiburg, while Gio Reyna will also look to make a good impression after being handed more minutes by head coach Lucien Favre.
Andrej Kramaric leads the goalscoring charts in the Bundesliga so far this season with five goals in two games, and has been touted as a possible signing for Bayern Munich.
He has been Hoffenheim’s best player since the restart and continued that form into the new campaign. The transfer speculation could end this weekend if he features against Eintracht Frankfurt, who have seen their own attackers Andre Silva and Bas Dost also have strong starts to the season.
Stuttgart have been one of this season’s surprise packages so far, taking games to their opposition despite being a newly-promoted side. They face Bayer Leverkusen in what should be a high-intensity, attacking game. Peter Bosz’s sides love to go forward and have plenty of pace out wide in Moussa Diaby and Karim Bellarabi.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Alexander Sorloth – RB Leipzig – £1.15
Schalke have a new head coach after sacking David Wagner and many will be wondering if Manuel Baum can turn things around for the Royal Blues. However, Baum’s first game is a tricky trip to Leipzig, where Alexander Sorloth could make his first start for the Red Bulls.
🗣 #Nagelsmann continues:
“I’m looking forward to #RBLS04 because we have planned well. It’s up to us how we show up on Saturday and whether we play the game on our terms.”
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) October 1, 2020
Julian Nagelsmann needs a new source of goals after losing Timo Werner to Chelsea and signed the former Crystal Palace flop to provide the firepower up front. Sortloth’s value peaked after joining Leverkusen, but if he is as good as Nagelsmann hopes, he is sure to rise and rise.