After a long international break, the Bundesliga season returns this weekend with several enticing matches.
As the season progresses, title favorites Bayern Munich has already lost ground to Borussia Dortmund. The “Schwarzgelben” have won every one of their games so far and will be facing Hamburg on Saturday. Dortmund relied on new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan for two goals and the new signing has gelled well playing behind Lewandowski. With the polish striker injured, Aubemayang will be slotting in for him and will try to continue his fine goal scoring form, finding the back of the net 4 times already. Hamburg scored four against promoted Eintracht Braunschweig and will be glad to see Lewandowski out for this fixture. They will be relying on old boy Rafael Van Der Vaart for inspiration and so will Bayern Munich.
Speaking of the champions, they have been struggling with injuries to some key players like Robben, Goetze, Alcantara and Martinez. Bayern recently beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout in order to boost the morale of the players and confidence in the coach. Guardiola has already lost one trophy and was under pressure by the German press to keep the romantic story upbeat. Bayern tied in a poor display against SC Freiburg, who are currently struggling at the bottom of the league. Their opponents on gameweek 5, Hannover, have won 3 out of their 4 games and have been free scoring, beating their last opponents 4-1. Sobiech and Mame Diouf have meshed well together, but Diouf will surely be sitting out of the game after having been seen in crutches.
FC Schalke 04, boosted by the purchase of the Kevin-Prince Boateng, will try to climb out of the bottom half of the table in a game against Mainz. Mainz was thoroughly outplayed against Hannover but is still 5 points above Schalke. Die Nullfünfer have been led by an unlikely source in Nicolei Müller. The forward has scored 5 goals in this campaign and will be someone to look out for. The Friday game, Hertha BSC Berlin against VFB Stuttgart, will see Stuttgart trying to rebuild their season. They had not won a game and crashed out of the Europa League until last Sunday to move the Schwaben from bottom place…oh and also sacking their coach Bruno Labbadia. He did not last long into the new season before management decided that they may get relegated with him in charge. Ibisevic scored a hatrick against his old club Hoffenheim and will be looking forward to a trip to Germany’s capital.
Werder Bremen has had a shaky start to their first season in over decade without Schaaf heading the team. Having won 2 and lost two, they have only managed to score 3 goals, and will be facing a Frankfurt side struggling at the bottom. Frankfurt has added Tranquilo Barnetta to their side who will be joining his countryman Pirmin Schwegler. Werder Bremen will hope that Frankfurt is already feeling the strains of their Europa League qualification games. Bremen have let go of Marko Arnautovic but brought in a player of similar stature in Franco Di Santo. The Argentinian began to find his feet last year at Wigan, but continues failing to impress his critics. At Bremen he may be given a chance instead of Aaron Hunt.