Good news. No more international football until 2021. And March 2021 at that! Now we can focus on club football, league football and European football for the next few months without worrying about players going away on international duty and picking up injuries and illnesses.
The Bundesliga is back this weekend, but because of the international break, there is no Friday evening fixture, meaning Saturday will be filled with exciting German top-flight action.
Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund
Hertha Berlin host Borussia Dortmund with Hertha still looking for their first win of the season. This is one to watch all the way through as Dortmund lead the way in the Bundesliga with the most late goals and Hertha are just behind.
Lucien Favre’s side have scored five goals this season in the final 15 minutes, while Hertha have bagged four late strikes themselves. This could be a momentous game for Jadon Sancho as he is just one victory away from 50 Bundesliga wins.
Rest of the Weekend
Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen will become the most-played Bundesliga game this weekend when the two sides meet for the 109th time. That slice of history hasn’t been a good one in recent years, as Bayern have won every one of the last 22 competitive games between the two teams. Additionally, Robert Lewandowski enjoys playing against Bremen and has 19 goals in 16 appearances against them, so could be busy again if he is fit to start on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig has been the most even game in Bundesliga history. They have played three times, with each team winning three games and then drawing three times. Goals have also been shared equally too, with both teams having 12 in the goals scored column. Leipzig’s 16 points from seven games is their best start to a season yet, so Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping he can become the first Red Bulls manager to win in Frankfurt. Andre Silva is the dangerman for the Eagles, and his 13 goals are second only to Lewandowski’s 20 since the Bundesliga restart in May.
Only two players in Bundesliga history have scored braces in four consecutive games and Lucas Alario is aiming to add his name to the list after six goals in Bayer Leverkusen’s last three games before the international break. Bayer have an appealing fixture this weekend, taking on newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Nicolas Gonzalez – Stuttgart – £0.89
Nicolas Gonzalez has had a big impact for Stuttgart since returning from injury.
The Argentina international has had a hand in their last three goals – scoring two and assisting another – and faces a Hoffenheim team who are winless in five games and also suffered some injury issues during the international break. Gonzalez had an excellent international break, scoring against both Paraguay and Peru in World Cup qualifying.