Bundesliga Tuesday Preview: Matchday Five
The Bundesliga resumes midweek this week with a host of important fixtures. On Tuesday, Bayern Munich will travel to Hoffenheim it was could be the match of the round, Hannover will host Werder Bremen, and table-topping Mainz will host Koln.
TSG Hoffenheim – Bayern Munich
High-flying Hoffenheim may have the upper hand against title holders Bayern Munich tomorrow night despite having a relatively depleted squad due to injuries in midfield. Bayern Munich have failed to register a goal in three consecutive Bundesliga matches, and their lack of cutting edge in front of goal could cost them away to Die Hoffe. Hoffenheim will look to counter-attack in waves against Bayern Munich, and could well catch Die Roten on the break. Hoffenheim’s pace down the flanks could prove vital in this tie, and I can see Hoffenheim taking the win here. 1-0, and very dramatic.
Hannover 96 – Werder Bremen
Hannover will be coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg and face another tricky tie at home to Werder Bremen, but have every chance of snagging a result due to Werder Bremen’s defensive injury problems. Werder Bremen will need to control possession and wait for their opportunity against what will be a strong defensive performance from Hannover. Marko Marin will be vital in attack for Bremen, and Marko Arnautovic will likely be given another chance to shine up top. Hannover have been amongst the goals, but have also conceded just as many as they have scored. I expect this match to mirror that. Werder Bremen’s defense will not likely be able to hold off Hannover’s counter-attack, and Werder Bremen should be able to pierce a hardy Hannover back-line. 2-2.
Mainz – FC Koln
Table-topping Mainz host Koln, and Mainz will be full of confidence in front of their home fans. I don’t expect Koln to get anything from this match. Mainz have been the surprise of the season so far, and I expect them to grab another three points here and hold their position at the top of the table for just a little longer. Andre Schuerrle, who has exploded onto the Bundesliga scene this season, will be looking to continue his goalscoring form here and put Koln to the sword. 3-1.