It has been a busy couple of weeks in Germany, and for me with all of the match previews and reviews! Not long after the last review for the "Englischer Woche", we look at the upcoming fixtures for Match Day 6 in the Bundesliga. Will FC Bayern München get back to winning ways in Berlin? Can Borussia Dortmund maintain their goal flood in Leverkusen? Can a beleaguered Schalke 04 finally get off the mark at home against Mainz?
I did pretty well in the last round of matches, and am beginning to think that there might be something in my predictions this season. It is all for fun of course, so do not blame me if you put any money down and end up losing the lot! (I think it might be a much better plan to invest in some SCR coins instead...)
Hertha BSC v FC Bayern München (Fri.)
Five weeks into the season, this is a top of the table clash. FC Bayern will be wanting to get back to winning ways after dropping two unnecessary points at home to FC Augsburg, while Hertha will also want to get things back on track after their 1:3 defeat in Bremen.
The Berliners have shown that they are are tough team to play this season, especially at home, but expect Bayern coach Niko Kovač to rotate his squad again and field a first choice starting eleven for the reigning champions.
Hertha will probably go into half-time level, but I can see Bayern having enough firepower to take all three points in this week's Friday evening fixture.
Prediction: Hertha 0:2 FC Bayern
FC Schalke 04 v 1. FSV Mainz 05 (Sat.)
It has become something of a meme now. Will Schalke get off the mark? Will Domenico Tedesco still have a job at the end of the weekend?
On paper, the Ruhr outfit have the clear advantage. Should things finally fall into place, they will surely have too much for Mainz to cope with. The problem is that nothing has gone right for Schalke this season. They have even been a little unlucky with decisions not going their way at the wrong time.
This week, I fancy the Royal Blues to finally get that crucial first point. But it will not be any more than that. Mainz are a feisty lot, and will do what they have to do to share the spoils.
Prediction: Schalke 1:1 Mainz
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig (Sat.)
This is an entertaining clash between two teams who have been highly inconsistent this season. With Leipzig in eighth place and Hoffenheim in ninth, it is really quite difficult to call this one.
Both teams secured wins in their previous matches, and will be looking to build on that and work their way towards the top six. Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim should have the advantage of playing at home, but there will be a time when die Roten Bullen's powerful attacking unit will switch on.
Leipzig will get on the board, but the Hoff should have enough to sneak this one and take all three points.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 2:1 Leipzig
VfB Stuttgart v Werder Bremen (Sat.)
With just two points from their opening five matches, it has been a miserable start for Stuttgart. Up against them are Werder Bremen, who have had their best start to a season in a long while.
Florian Kohfeldt's Werder are unbeaten, and will be confident of extending that run when they visit the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. The team seems to be clicking into place nicely, and even this early in the season there is a genuine sense of expectation in Bremen with a number of players in great form.
Tayfun Korkut has his work cut out as he looks to engineer his team's first win of the season, but it looks like he and the Swabians will be waiting for at least another week.
Prediction: Stuttgart 1:2 Bremen
VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sat.)
After their excellent start to the season with two wins from two, Wolfsburg have only managed to collect two points from their last three matches. Gladbach, meanwhile, have a dreadful record away from home. With both teams in the top six, it should make for an intriguing encounter.
Everything is finely balanced, and it all could come down to good old home advantage. While Bruno Labbadia will be looking to get his Wolves back on track, there is an extra edge for Foals' coach Dieter Hecking, who is up against his former employer.
Gladbach have shown that they can score goals, and will surely get on the scoreboard. But in front of their own crowd at the VW Arena, Wolfsburg will grab a much-needed win.
Prediction: Wolfsburg 2-1 Gladbach
1.FC Nürnberg v Fortuna Düsseldorf (Sat.)
The last time these two teams met was last season in the second division. On both occasions, it was the visitors that walked away with the spoils.
Both teams' return to the top flight had started well, but Nürnberg would come badly unstuck in their last match against Borussia Dortmund. The 0:7 hammering will have left Michael Köllner's team with plenty of scars. Friedhelm Funkel's Düsseldorf also lost their last match against Bayer Leverkusen, but in contrast to Der Club had plenty of good things to take away and build on.
Nürnberg are unbeaten in their two home matches, while Düsseldorf have earned two excellent draws on the road. This will be a tight contest with plenty of goals, but with nothing to divide the two teams at the end of the ninety minutes.
Prediction: Nürnberg 2:2 Düsseldorf
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund (Sat.)
This is perhaps the toughest match to call this weekend. Leverkusen have a talented squad, who after an iffy start have strung together two wins on the bounce. Opponents Dortmund are an equally capable bunch, who finally clicked with a 7:0 drubbing of hapless Nürnberg.
Against Düsseldorf in their last match, there were some bright moments from die Werkself. But there were also some very poor spells, which were not capitalised upon by their opponents. Dortmund, by contrast, could do wrong in what was arguably the best single performance so far this season.
Leverkusen are improving, but are not quite there yet. Dortmund have the firepower and the form, and should have enough to make the short trip home with all three points.
Prediction: Leverkusen 1:2 Dortmund
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hannover 96 (Sun.)
With both Frankfurt and Hannover hovering at the edge of the drop zone, this is another meeting between two evenly matched teams. Both are coming into this off the back of 1:3 midweek defeats, and will be looking to restart their engines.
Frankfurt have overcome a poor start to the season with some decent results, while Hannover are yet to to claim a win. Not that they haven't tried. André Breitenreiter's men have put in some solid performances, but have not quite been able to turn it into three-pointers.
This will probably be close for a while, but Adi Hütter's Eagles will pull away at the end to secure a much-needed victory.
Prediction: Frankfurt 3:1 Hannover
FC Augsburg v SC Freiburg (Sun.)
Yet another match that is set up perfectly. Augsburg are always a force on their own patch, and will have been buoyed by their 1:1 draw in Munich against FC Bayern. Freiburg, meanwhile, have overcome a bad start with an excellent seven points from their last three matches.
With coach Christian Streich back running operations, SCF are one of the form teams right now, but they will have to find something else to overturn a well-drilled Augsburg unit. The Bavarians meanwhile will look at their two defeats, both of which could be attributed to goalkeeping blunders.
With a new 'keeper and a packed house at the WWK-Arena, Manuel Baum's side will enough in the locker to edge it.
Prediction: Augsburg 2:1 Freiburg
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