European football is in full flight with the return of the Champions League and Europa League. That will lead to plenty of rotation in the coming weeks as the clubs at the top of the table attempt to juggle playing in multiple competitions.
Three of the current top four were in Champions League action in midweek, with RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich picking up big wins in their group openers, while Borussia Dortmund were unlucky not to beat Spanish giants Barcelona.
The other team hovering around the top of the table after four games is Freiburg, who have won three of their first four matches and have a tasty game against Augsburg in what promises to be another exciting weekend in the German top flight.
Bundesliga Match of the Weekend – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund
Sunday’s late game promises to be an exciting one as Frankfurt and Dortmund follow up their busy week in Europe with a crucial Bundesliga clash. Eintracht are still getting to grips with their new strikeforce, while Paco Alcacer was held scoreless by Barcelona – his first game this season for club or country where he failed to find the net.
Bas Dost’s price has fallen a little following his move to Frankfurt late in the window as Adi Hutter has decided to use him as an impact substitute in the league, but at full fitness, he is a constant thorn in opposition defences and could end the season as the club’s top scorer. Investors will be eager to see if he is chosen to start on Sunday.
Rest of the Weekend
Ahmed Kutucu had a hand in two goals for Schalke last weekend – the first time in his career he’s recorded a goal and assist in the same game. As a result, he could be in line to start for the Royal Blues at home to Mainz on Friday.
Freiburg have won six of their seven games against Augsburg, so it’s the perfect game to help continue their excellent start to the season. However, they come up against their former player Florian Niederlechner, who has been involved in a goal in each of Augsburg’s four games this season (two goals, two assists).
Koln have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 games and that poor defensive record looks to continue as they travel to Bayern Munich. Philippe Coutinho started in the Champions League with Thomas Muller scoring off the bench, so coach Niko Kovac could decide to reinstate Muller for Saturday’s afternoon kickoff.
Monday fixtures are not very popular in Germany and could see a fan protest as Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim play in the last game of gameweek five. On the pitch, Wolfsburg should be heavy favourites as they have only lost once to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga (Roberto Firmino scored against them that day). Wout Weghorst has six goals and two assists in his last five league games and should cause Hoffenheim plenty of problems.
Bundesliga Player to Watch – Niclas Fullkrug – Werder Bremen (£0.57)
After featuring as a substitute in Werder Bremen’s first game of the season, striker Fullkrug has started each of their last three Bundesliga games.
The new signing has been tasked with the difficult job of replacing Max Kruse at Bremen, but has started life well with a goal involvement in each of those three starts (two goals, one assist). RB Leipzig are the most difficult opponent he has faced yet, so Saturday’s late kick-off is the perfect chance for him to prove his worth.