Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 5

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The Bundesliga continues this weekend with some enticing ties filling the schedule.

After four games of the season, RB Leipzig lead the way, but Bayern Munich are breathing down their necks with just one point separating Leipzig, Bayern, and Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke

The Revierderby used to be the biggest game in German football thanks to the historic rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. However, this season, without fans and without Schalke actually being able to win a football match, it does not have the same draw it has had in previous years.

This could be one for the history books for other reasons as it’s possible Borussia Dortmund could record a huge win over Schalke, one which their supporters will remind their rivals about for years.

Dortmund had a disappointing Champions League performance in midweek, but have the perfect chance to bounce back against a struggling Schalke side, who have not won any of their last 20 games.

Erling Haaland‘s excellent form has continued into this season and he has four goals in four Bundesliga games already, sitting in third in the top scorer race.

Rest of the Weekend

Second takes on fourth as Bayern Munich host Eintracht Frankfurt in an afternoon kick-off on Saturday. Bayern will be without Serge Gnabry, who tested positive for coronavirus, so could offer Douglas Costa the chance to play from the start this weekend. Kingsley Coman is likely to start on the other flank and is in excellent form after scoring twice against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig also recorded a Champions League win this week, with last season’s semi-finalists getting off to the perfect start. They take on Hertha Berlin in Leipzig on Saturday, and have scored at least twice in all of their last eight games with this weekend’s opponents. Yussuf Poulsen is in line to keep his place up front, and is one of only two players ever to score a Bundesliga hat-trick for Leipzig – with that trio of goals coming against Hertha.

Only Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig have scored more goals than Stuttgart this season, but no player has more than three goals for the club as they spread the goals around the team. As a result, the Friday evening trip to Stuttgart could be a difficult one for Köln, who have picked up just one point so far this season. Sebastian Andersson will be expected to lead the line for Köln and is already off the mark for this season after moving from Union Berlin.

Bundesliga Player to Watch: Niclas Füllkrug – Werder Bremen – £0.48

Andrej Kramaric will miss out for Hoffenheim again this week, meaning Niclas Füllkrug could be the star striker in Sunday’s late kick-off.

The 27-year-old has four goals in four games for Bremen this season, and needs two more to go level with Kramaric in the top scorer charts. Robert Lewandowski leads the way on seven, but Füllkrug could definitely be a contender if Werder Bremen can click in 2020-21.


About Author

Ronan Murphy is a social producer for Goal.com, where he looks after their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as providing written features on the Bundesliga and FIFA. He also appears regularly on radio and television, including talkSport and LoveSport in the UK, talking German football while constantly sharing his strange obsession with super-striker Sandro Wagner.

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