It is Bundesliga time again, and here are all the previews for match day two in Germany's top flight. Will Borussia Dortmund maintain their goal-scoring form? Will defending champions FC Bayern München exact revenge for last season's last-day defeat against VfB Stuttgart? Can new boys 1. FC Nürnberg and Fortuna Düsseldorf get off the mark?
I did not do too badly with my predictions last week, and was spot on with two exact tips. As some sort of form develops over the coming weeks, the predictions should get better. But be sure not to take things too seriously!
Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund (Fri.)
Hannover 96 got off to a solid start with a 1:1 draw on the road against Werder Bremen, while a rampant Borussia Dortmund overcame a shock early Leipzig goal to slay the Red Bulls 4:1 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Everything is pointing towards a Dortmund win here, and it will be something of a surprise if Lucien Favre's side do not pick up all three points in the Friday evening fixture.
If Hannover's showing last week is any indicator of form, things will be tight. In front of their home crowd, André Breitenreiter's men will fight tooth and nail, but it will not be quite enough against a superior opponent.
Prediction: Hannover 1:2 Dortmund
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v SC Freiburg (Sat.)
Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim were flat and rather lifeless against Bayern in their opening match, so expect them to come out all guns blazing against fellow Baden-Württembergers Freiburg.
Despite creating far more chances against Eintracht Frankfurt in their season opener, Freiburg are also without a point. If they are able to find their touch in front of goal, they will always be dangerous.
Hoffenheim have a lot more quality in their ranks however, and playing at home should add to their advantage. Expect Nagelsmann's men to shrug off their defeat in Munich, and win by two clear goals.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 3:1 Freiburg
Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg (Sat.)
Bayer Leverkusen are one of those teams that blow hot and cold, and it was a case of more cold than hot in last week's opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, got off to a great start with a controversial 2:1 win at home against potential title challengers Schalke 04.
In beating the Royal Blues, Bruno Labbadia's Wolves showed plenty of character, and they will need to do the same again to get a result at the BayArena.
Heiko Herrlich's Leverkusen will be looking to get their first points of the season on home soil, and on paper are the clear favourites. On form, Die Werkself should take all three points, and I am predicting a two-goal win. But do not be surprised if Die Wölfe bare their teeth again.
Prediction:Leverkusen 2:0 Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen (Sat.)
After a shocking opening to the season, Eintracht Frankfurt finally pulled things together to engineer a 2:0 win in Freiburg to kick off their league campaign. It was just the boost coach Adi Hütter needed.
Bremen meanwhile had expected to take all three points against Hannover at the Weserstadion, and had to be content with a late equaliser from Theodor Gebre Selassie to earn a hard-earned point.
This is probably one of the hardest matches to call. If Frankfurt can keep things tight at the back again, it will be tough for Florian Kohfeldt's Bremen. However, I fancy the Green-Whites to snatch this one.
Prediction: Frankfurt 0:1 Bremen
FC Augsburg v Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sat.)
Any match involving FC Augsburg is always hard to call, as they have a habit of punching above their weight and getting results. Gladbach, by the same token, have often been guilty of underperforming.
Last week, both teams got off to a good start. Manuel Baum's FCA claimed a late 2:1 win against newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf, while Dieter Hecking's Gladbach absorbed some early pressure to ease to a 2:0 win against Leverkusen.
Die Fohlen have more quality in their squad, but Augsburg are tough, especially at their noisy WWK-Arena. This will be a close match, with plenty of goals. Close enough to see both teams through to week three unbeaten.
Prediction: Augsburg 2:2 Gladbach
1.FC Nürnberg v FSV Mainz 05 (Sat.)
Making a record eighth return to the top flight, Nürnberg should have got off the mark in their opening match against Hertha BSC. Instead, the Franconians were left to rue a late missed penalty. Mainz, meanwhile, edged their way to a tight but wholly deserved 1:0 win over VfB Stuttgart.
Having waited four years to play Bundesliga football again, Der Club's supporters will be determined to see their side get off the mark at what will be a packed Max-Morlock-Stadion. This could make things difficult for the visitors.
I can see this turning into a game of two halves. Nürnberg, spurred on by their home support, to take the lead. Then, in the second half, a goal for Sandro Schwarz's side to take a share of the spoils.
Prediction: Nürnberg 1:1 Mainz
VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern München (Sat.)
VfB Stuttgart have not had the greatest start to the season. Having been knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by lower league opposition, Tayfun Korkut's men then turned out a limp performance as they went down by the odd goal in Mainz. The last thing they need is a meeting with defending champions FC Bayern.
Having disposed of potential title rivals Hoffenheim in their season opener, Die Roten will be looking to expunge the bad memory of last season's final day meeting at the Allianz Arena against the Swabians, who spoiled Jupp Heynckes' final home party with a shock 4:1 win.
Expect Niko Kovač's side to crank things up right from the start. I am predicting an routine 3:0 win for the Bavarians, but if they are in the right mood it could be a lot worse for Stuttgart.
Prediction: Stuttgart 0:3 FC Bayern
RB Leipzig v Fortuna Düsseldorf (Sun.)
Leipzig would get off to the perfect start last week against Dortmund, only to reap the whirlwind as they were summarily swept aside. They will be out to take things out on new boys Düsseldorf, who were also defeated after taking the lead in their opening match.
Having just about edged out Ukrainians FC Zorya Luhansk to make the group stages of the Europa League, Ralf Rangnick's Leipzig will be disappointed if they are unable to claim all three points in front of their home crowd.
After their opening home defeat against Augsburg, it is going to be hard for Friedhelm Funkel's Düsseldorf in Saxony. Die Roten Bullen are yet to find their rhythm this season, but should have enough firepower to secure the win.
Prediction: Leipzig 2:1 Düsseldorf
Schalke 04 v Hertha BSC (Sun.)
The Sunday evening fixture is a tasty match-up in Gelsenkirchen, where last season's runners-up Schalke 04 take on Hertha BSC.
While the Berliners got their season off to a positive start with a hard-earned win against Nürnberg, Domenico Tedesco's side found themselves on the end of a 1:2 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg - and the video referees.
In front of their enthusiastic home supporters at the Veltins-Arena, Schalke will be hot favorites. They now also have defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy, signed earlier in the week from FC Bayern. I predicted a Schalke win last week, and got it badly wrong. I do not expect the same thing to happen again.
Prediction: Schalke 2:0 Hertha
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