Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 9

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Games are coming thick and fast in the Bundesliga and European competition, meaning squads are being stretched to the max and coaches are being forced to rotate.

That should provide for many shock results, with Bayern Munich slipping up last weekend. That keeps the title race wide open and leads to a very entertaining Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Game of the Weekend: Borussia Monchengladbach vs Schalke 04

The last time Schalke won in the Bundesliga was a 2-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach, which was way back in January. They have gone 24 games without a win and are closing in on the all-time record of 31 German top-flight games without victory. Gladbach are winless in their last two Bundesliga games, but had a big win in the Champions League in midweek.

With Schalke needing a win and unable to keep a clean sheet, this could be a busy game for goalkeepers and a good one for forwards like Gladbach’s Alassane Plea and Lars Stindl as well as Schalke’s Mark Uth.

Rest of the Weekend

Jadon Sancho was back in the Borussia Dortmund team on Tuesday and back in form with a goal and an assist. Erling Haaland also continued his amazing scoring run in the Champions League after bagging four in the league last weekend. They take on Köln on Saturday with Sancho hoping to play from the start after proving himself to head coach Lucien Favre.

Expect a lot of rotation from Julian Nagelsmann as RB Leipzig look ahead to their Champions League game with Istanbul Basaksehir. The 1-0 loss to PSG on Tuesday leaves the Red Bulls sitting in third behind Man Utd and the Parisiens with all to play for in Group H. As a result, fringe players like Justin Kluivert and Alexander Sorloth could be given a chance to impress from the start against Arminia Bielefeld.

Matheus Cunha continues to bang the goals in for Hertha Berlin but is finding it hard to end up on the winning side despite a brace last weekend against Dortmund. Hertha have been inconsistent this season but a Sunday fixture against Bayer Leverkusen who are in the middle of a Europa League campaign could be a good chance to pick up points.

Bundesliga Player to Watch: Leroy Sane – Bayern Munich – £2.71

Leroy Sané was rested by Bayern Munich in recent weeks, but with Champions League qualification already secured, Hansi Flick can focus fully on the Bundesliga and play his strongest XI.

The former Manchester City winger is part of that strongest XI and could have a great weekend this weekend against Stuttgart.


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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