It has been a busy week. There was the hectic "Englischer Woche", and after that another round of European matches to keep the football flood flowing. The Bundesliga is in full swing now, and after the last couple of weeks things have become very interesting indeed. FC Bayern München seem to have lost their mojo, and Borussia Dortmund are the team in form. Here, we take a look at this week's nine weekend fixtures in the exciting German league.
Last week was not great from a predictions point of view, and it was my first bad week of the season. From FC Bayern's shock Friday evening defeat in Berlin through to the end of the Saturday afternoon matches, I had managed to see everything go against the form book. Thankfully, things picked up on Saturday evening with Dortmund's stunning comeback against Bayer Leverkusen, and Sunday brought two more correct outcomes. For the first time season though, I failed to get a score right on the nose.
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Werder Bremen v VfL Wolfsburg (Fri.)
Last week, Werder Bremen lost their unbeaten record against strugglers VfB Stuttgart, while VfL Wolfsburg came back twice to record a 2:2 draw at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach. It all makes for an intriguing Friday evening encounter at the Weserstadion.
Wolfsburg have certainly scrapped for their points, and the coach Bruno Labbadia will be wanting more of the same. However Florian Kohfeldt's men should be able to reset, with the added advantage of playing at home.
Bremen to take this one by two.
Prediction: Bremen 2:0 Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg (Sat.)
The form team at the moment, Borussia Dortmund will be are scoring goals for fun at the moment. A thrilling 4:2 win in Leverkusen was followed by an emphatic three-goal beating of AS Monaco in the Champions League, and coach Lucien Favre will want to extend BVB's record as the only unbeaten club in Germany.
However, FC Augsburg will be no pushover. After grabbing a point in Munich, Manuel Baum's side charged to a confident 4:1 win over SC Freiburg, with Icelandic international Alfreð Finnbogason crowning his comeback from injury with a superb hat-trick.
This will be closely fought, but Dortmund will have enough firepower to edge it.
Prediction: Dortmund 2:1 Augsburg
Hannover 96 v VfB Stuttgart (Sat.)
This is a match up between two teams that have not had the greatest start to the season. Stuttgart will finally get their first win with a somewhat surprising 2:1 win against Werder Bremen, and will fancy their chances against a Hannover 96 outfit that is yet to record a win in their six matches so far.
Hannover do have the ability to stick it out, as their 0:0 draw against Dortmund proves. Tayfun Korkut's Stuttgart may have the momentum, but Hannover will no easy task on their own turf.
I can this his one turning out all square. Stuttgart will grab a crucial point, leaving André Breitenreiter's men still seeking their first three-pointer.
Prediction: Hannover 1:1 Stuttgart
1.FSV Mainz v Hertha BSC (Sat.)
Mainz are a gritty, hard-working side with plenty of dash about them, while Hertha BSC are pretty much the same. The Berliners will be on cloud nine after their 2:0 win against FC Bayern last week, but coach Pál Dárdai will know that he and his charges can take nothing for granted.
Sandro Schwarz's side have home advantage, and have only conceded four goals in their six matches - making them the meaning defence in the Bundesliga, even ahead of Dortmund and Bayern. However, they have only scored four goals too. Hertha meanwhile have fired in a dozen goals, are are joint second-highest scorers alongside Bayern.
This will be a struggle between two well-organised defensive units, but Hertha will do enough to take the points with just the one goal.
Prediction: Mainz 0:1 Hertha
Fortuna Düsseldorf v FC Schalke 04 (Sat.)
Fortuna Düsseldorf's return to the Bundesliga has seen a solid start, smudged somewhat by their 0:3 defeat against fellow new boys Nürnberg. Friedhelm Funkel will see this game as the perfect opportunity to get things back on an even keel again, especially on home turf.
After a traumatic start to the season, Domenico Tedesco's Schalke finally picked up their first points last week, and have to press on if they have any hope of repeating last the second place finish of last season. Confidence has not been high, and even last week's 1:0 victory over Mainz had its worrying moments.
There will be goals in this one, but with all of them being shared.
Prediction: Düsseldorf 2:2 Schalke
FC Bayern München v Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sat.)
The Saturday evening fixture pits reigning champions Bayern against their historical rivals from Mönchengladbach. Two weeks ago, this would have been a dead cert, but right now things are not so clear cut. Add that to the fact that Gladbach have been a bit of a bogey side for the Bavarians, and you get something that could actually be a contest.
Niko Kovač's side have not win in their last three games, with a drab 1:1 Champions League draw against Ajax being their latest off-colour display.
This could easily be another shock, but I fancy Die Roten to have their house back in order for this meeting at the Allianz Arena. I will be tight at the start, but it will be comfortable in the end for Kovač and co.
Prediction: FC Bayern 3:1 Gladbach
SC Freiburg v Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Sun.)
The early Sunday afternoon kickoff sees a lower mid-table clash, as 13th-placed SC Freiburg take on 14th-placed Bayer Leverkusen. Both teams would have bad defeats in match day six. While Leverkusen threw away a two-goal lead at home to a rampant Borussia Dortmund, Freiburg were bullied to a 0:3 defeat in Nürnberg.
I truth, this is one of those games that can very easily go either way. While Freiburg have blown hot and cold so far, Leverkusen look as though they may be spluttering into life - though we did say that when they were two up against Dortmund.
Christian Streich's Freiburg will be in front of their enthusiastic home crowd in the Black Forest, but I fancy Leverkusen to keep the foot firmly down in this one.
Prediction: Freiburg 1:3 Leverkusen
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Eintracht Frankfurt (Sun.)
It has been a strange season so far for Hoffeheim, while Frankfurt look to have turned the corner after a particularly patchy start.
Both teams would have European encounters in midweek, with contrasting results. While Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffe were turned over at home by Manchester City, Adi Hütter's Eagles were positively soaring with a 4:1 thrashing of nine-man Lazio.
Hoffenheim had been billed as one the pre-season favourites, are are playing at home. But Frankfurt are on a bit of a roll at the moment, and could have enough in their armoury to snatch all three points. It will be close, decided by the odd goal in three.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 1:2 Frankfurt
RB Leipzig v 1. FC Nürnberg (Sun.)
The final match of week seven takes place at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, where Die Roten Bullen take on 1. FC Nürnberg. Ralf Rangnick's men appear to have ridden an early storm, and have started to fins some form. After a 2:1 win at Hoffenheim last week, they followed that with an even more convincing 3:1 Europa League triumph in Norway against Rosenborg BK.
Having endured a 7:0 hiding in Dortmund, Michael Köllner's Nürnberg put it all behind them to engineer a 3:0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf in their last outing.
A week ago, this might have been a lot tighter. But Leipzig have the names and the talent to take this one easily, by a couple of goals.
Prediction: Leipzig 2:0 Nürnberg
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