Domestic football returns this weekend after an international break which saw many major names pick up injuries and test positive for coronavirus.
Thankfully, the Bundesliga has not been majorly affected by either problem and should pick up where it left off this weekend after an unpredictable opening few weeks which saw both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund suffer early slip-ups.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund
Andrej Kramaric is the Bundesliga’s top scorer and has netted in every game so far this season, even with rumours of a Bayern Munich move hanging over him before the transfer window closed. The Croat has stuck around at Hoffenheim and will be their dangerman against Dortmund on Saturday.
The last time Hoffenheim took on Dortmund, Kramaric scored four goals, so their backline will look to do much better this time around. Erling Haaland looked sharp for Norway on international duty and has been tremendous for Dortmund in 2020, so expect plenty of goals in this game.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayer Leverkusen have won each of their last five league meetings with Mainz, their best run over any team. Mainz have started this season with three defeats, and a fourth is very likely this weekend. Patrik Schick misses out with a thigh injury, so Lucas Alario will be expected to lead the line. The Argentine scored seven goals last season and will look to score his first of this campaign at Mainz.
Schalke have gone 19 games without a win and changed managers already this season. New boss Manuel Baum has been brought in to turn things around, and is looking to shake things up in Gelsenkirchen. They take on an in-form Union Berlin side, who have spread goals around with six different players finding the net so far this season. Max Kruse has been impressive since moving to Berlin.
Bas Dost has been involved in five of Eintracht Frankfurt’s goals this season and got a goal and an assist last time out. Köln host Frankfurt on Sunday with the Billy Goats hoping to stop the rot after a poor start to the season. Andre Silva will also be one to watch for Frankfurt, who are currently third in the table.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Leon Goretzka – Bayern Munich – £1.72
Thiago‘s exit from Bayern Munich has promoted Leon Goretzka into a regular starter alongside Joshua Kimmich in midfield. Kimmich is expected to do the more defensive job, allowing Goretzka to get forward more and get into the box to convert chances.
He should have plenty of opportunities to do this against newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld this weekend, after scoring twice in all competitions in four games so far this season, as well as for Germany during the international break.