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Freiburg is no longer the outfit they were last season; Christian Streich’s overachievers are now languishing in fifteenth but has indeed achieved something this season which only one other German side has achieved.
Preview: Will Distractions get in Bayern’s Way?
It is best to start with team news first. Vaclav Pilar, Marco Terrazzino, Vegar Hedenstad and Sebastian Freis are out for Freiburg. Mario Mandzukic is suspended for Bayern while Franck Ribery is out injured. Holger Badstuber is currently in rehab of course.
Freiburg is the only side aside from Leverkusen to take off points from Bayern this season in the Bundesliga. They needed a late goal, four minutes from the end of normal time to be precise, to take a 1-1 draw against a lethargic Bayern inn August. Lethargy however should not be a problem this time. The problem though could be an entirely different one.
Pep Guardiola leads his Bayern Munich side on the field one last time before they take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup game, watch the action live on Gol TV and BT Sport 1.
Preview: Bayern looking to apply finishing touches before meeting Mourinho and co.
Mage Solar Stadion Freiburg will see the hosts take on a Bayern Munich side that has conceded just once so far in the German Bundesliga this season. However, Pep Guardiola’s side will have to face Christian Streich’s side without summer signing Thiago Alcantara who is out until November following a knee injury. The long-term injury is indeed a big blow for the Bavarians but the reigning German champions have enough in the reserves to dispose of Freiburg without much fuss.
The race for fourth place will reach its conclusion in the heart of the Black Forest. The rich and mighty Schalke will be playing the brave Freiburg.
Freiburg’s win last weekend over Greuther Fürth proved invaluable. While few had seen this coming, Schalke managed to break down against Stuttgart, going down at home, 1-2. Stuttgart has nothing to play for aside from the DFB Pokal this season. Yet, the Royal Blues managed to lose! This loss came at the worst possible time; Schalke had just tied down Julian Draxler to a contract extension.
This weekend, this clash will form the basis of the futures of both the clubs. This Schalke side is greatly talented. Missing out on the Champions League will hurt this club, considering the manner in which they exit the competition earlier in the season. For Freiburg, a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers will book them a ticket to the Europa League at least. Those who are lovers of the league will hope Schalke comes through for the sake of the Bundesliga.
On a day in which the focus will be on Schalke and Freiburg's battle as well as the contenders for relegation, Bremen will step out onto the pitch for the first time in 14 years without Thomas Schaaf.
The Big Games
The Bavarian derby to be played this week will be the most important one of the season. Bayern will not be involved in it. FC Augsburg will take on Greuther Fürth knowing that a win will see them qualify at least for…
The battle for fourth spot could be settled on the day in which the Bundesliga shield will be presented to the 50th champions.
Fates to be decided in Bavaria
Bayern and FC Nürnberg could both be holding the fates of two relegation battlers in their hands. Augsburg has done extremely well since the winter break but has recently wobbled. They lost 2-0 to SC Freiburg last week, thus remaining in sixteenth spot. This week, the task lying ahead of them is a mammoth one to…
Last week signaled the return of Klaas Jan Huntelaar to the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga to the top tier of Europe. This week, the European, relegation and pride battles will resume.
Matters of Pride
Bayern München will take on fellow Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund this week in a ‘preview’ of the showdown at Wembley. Neither side will field their strongest lineups after midweek exertions but everyone…
Greuther Fürth, the fairytale story of the 2.Bundesliga last season, could be set to go back down after just one season in the top flight this week.
The Big Games
German champions Bayern München welcomes Freiburg at home in a hugely important clash for the team from the Black Forest. Christian Streich’s team is slowly getting ripped apart as the excellence of his…
In a rather intriguing week for German football, Schalke will travel to Frankfurt while the second DFB Pokal semifinal will be repeated.
The Big Ones
Separated by four points from their Blue rivals, Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome Schalke. Eintracht’s rather weary squad went down to Ji Dong-Won and relegation battling Augsburg last week. This time, a Schalke side which earned a…
The German Cup semifinals consist of three teams who are all outsiders in Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Freiburg. The one team which towers above all of them is none other than Bayern München.
The net shook; the Allianz Arena crowd had just witnessed a special moment in the history of German football. And this time, it was Arjen Robben who had created rather than destroyed the moment. Robben’s blaster against defending champions Borussia Dortmund saw Bayern extract a measure of revenge for the 5-2 thrashing they were at the end of in last May in Berlin.
Standing in Bayern’s way to yet another Pokal final, which would be their third in four years, is VfL Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg has massively underachieved in the league. The Pokal is their last chance at a shot at Europe. They have not fared well against the Bavarians in recent times. In fact, in the previous meeting at the Allianz Arena, the venue of the semifinal, Bayern put three past Diego Benaglio.
Despite Bayern being crowned champions last week, there are still a few important matters to sort out in the league.
The Battle for the European Spots
Freiburg and Hannover are separated by four points. Freiburg is primed to qualify for the Europa League as they sit in fifth spot in the league. Christian Streich’s side recorded a victory in Hamburg last week. Hannover away from home…
FC Bayern will be crowned this weekend regardless of other results if they manage to beat Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Big Ones
There are many big battles on this week, including one between Thomas Schaaf’s Bremen and lackadaisical Schalke. Schalke was anything but careless last week though as they beat Hoffenheim 3-0. The goals came late but the goal saw…
The Bundesliga’s Match-day 27 could see the crowning of an old, yet new, champion. During this weekend, the race for fourth place might just have to take a back seat.
The Big Ones
Borussia Dortmund has a great record against most rivals. In recent seasons, they have been able to bat away every domestic opponent rather easily. The only team to not have suffered a loss to Dortmund last season was VfB Stuttgart. Incidentally, during this huge week for German football, BVB travels to Stuttgart.
A 4-4 draw between these two teams was one of the highlights of the 2011-12 season. Another such draw or even another stalemate like this season’s meeting, could bring down the curtains on the title defence of the Ruhr side.
After a jaw dropping and disappointing European week, Bundesliga clubs return to action. Is the title really a lost cause?
The Big Ones
Bayern München takes on Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a clash which will not bring back the fondest memories for Bayern. Firstly, Leverkusen handed Bayern their first and only Bundesliga loss to date this season. In a match filled with rather…
Who will take that fourth spot in the Bundesliga?
FC Nürnberg is set to take on FC Augsburg in yet another Bavarian derby this season. Bavaria is the second best represented region in the Bundesliga this season with four teams. Augsburg’s form has picked up remarkably after the winter break.…
The race for the ugly salad bowl can said to be almost over. It is now time to decide the other positions in the table.
The Champions Elect and the Surprise Package Elect
Two years of hurt are being put down the drain this season. Bayern is angrier than ever this season. Each performance is more magnificent than the previous one. The Bavarians official retook the title of the best club in Germany, at least for the time being, by defeating…
A direct battle for the Champions League qualifying spot is set to take place this week as Freiburg takes on Frankfurt.
After midweek European action, Friday is usually the day reserved in the Bundesliga for a battle between two sides which are not participating in Europe. Ironically, this Friday’s battle is set to take place between two sides which are both almost set for European action next week. Late collapses are not shocking in the Bundesliga however; Frankfurt can certainly relate to that.
In the 2010-11 season, Frankfurt looked set to qualify for European action in the first half of the season but then suffered relegation. This time around, Frankfurt has managed to remain steady following the winter break by garnering enough wins and draws. However, last week they were embarrassed in a week in which Freiburg went on to record a fantastic victory.
The Bundesliga resumes after a week of European action with Frankfurt set to take on Freiburg.
The Big Matches
Separated by just three points, fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt plays fifth placed SC Freiburg. Freiburg is actually ahead of Frankfurt as far as goal difference is concerned. They beat Bremen 2-3 in yet another bizarre night of football…
Many intriguing matches are in store in Bundesliga Match-day 22; Bayern’s battle against Wolfsburg and Frankfurt’s match against Borussia Dortmund are amongst them.
The important battles
Dortmund, off the back of a lackluster draw in Ukraine, takes on Frankfurt. A 2-2 draw is a great result in…
Bayern will aim to keep a huge gap between themselves and Borussia Dortmund when they take on crestfallen Schalke this weekend.
The Big Matches
Sacking Huub Stevens was supposed to be the answer to an upturn in fortunes for the Royal Blues. In truth, Schalke’s poor form at the end of the previous calendar year was perhaps down to weariness rather than poor management. Jens Keller has done a poor job so far; Schalke has been consistently poor aside from one…
The Bundesliga table has a slightly different look about it this week than it had last week. Bayern has increased their lead at the top; the difference between the second and third placed sides has decreased.
The Big Ones
Second takes on third in a battle for second place on Sunday in the final match of the weekend. Dortmund has looked fantastic since the resumption of the Bundesliga following the winter break. Leverkusen started off well but looked…