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We have arrived to the final match-day of the first half of the Bundesliga season. Plenty of exciting matches are on offer before the Bundesliga heads into its annual mini slumber.
The Big Ones
In a clash steeped in tradition, Bayern takes on Borussia Monchengladbach in the final competitive fixture of 2012 at the Allianz Arena. Bayern was at the receiving end of two defeats at the hand of these opponents last season. They did beat them however in a third meeting which took place in the DFB…
Bayern increased their lead to a massive 11 points over second placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen this week.
Juan Arango’s left-foot is under-rated in the world of football
Arango scored a goal which defied logic against Mainz 05. His goal was reminiscent of the second strike of David Villa against Chile in the 2010 World Cup. The ball flew into the air and out of view. It then bounced into the goal. Lucien Favre was so excited that…
The Bundesliga had another great week in Europe. This week, the second placed side in the table has a tough challenge in the form of Hannover 96.
This weekend kicks off with Hoffenheim taking on HSV. Hoffenheim’s manager Markus Babbel was finally sacked; the decision was inevitable. It had been coming for a while. Under their interim manager Frank Kramer, they will look to beat an HSV side without Rafael van der Vaart. HSV is coming into this one on the back of a draw against Wolfsburg…
Will the title race reach its conclusion on Saturday? Will Leverkusen cling on to second spot? The occurrences of Bundesliga Match-day 15 will answer all these questions.
A One-Sided Title Race?
FC Bayern München heads into this weekend to take on Borussia Dortmund. They have an eleven point lead on the German double winners and a ten point lead on second placed Leverkusen. According to many viewers, a win over…
Midweek match-days are rare in the Bundesliga. This is a week in which the destination of the title could be decided. Furthermore this is also a week in which the title-race could be blown wide open.
On Tuesday, defending champions Borussia Dortmund plays Fortuna Düsseldorf in what is likely to be an extremely one-sided clash. Düsseldorf did beat HSV on Friday. However, they rode their luck in that match. HSV is also in action against Schalke. For Hamburg, the big question is: who will replace Rafael Van der Vaart? The Dutchman picked up an injury which is likely to keep him out of the remainder of the year.
HSV’s opponent’s Schalke, played Frankfurt on Saturday and earned a 1-1 draw. In retrospect, especially looking at their second half performance, Schalke should have walked away with all three points. However, Frankfurt was denied what was a legitimate penalty. In the end, Armin Veh seemed delighted with the point.
Bayern bashed Hannover 5-0 while Dortmund beat Mainz to capitalize on Schalke’s draw against Frankfurt and go second in the table.
Mario Gomez is Back!
Mario Gomez took all of 26 seconds to open his Bundesliga account this season. He displayed his strength as he brushed off Hannover’s Karim Haggui with ease. He displayed great technique to put the ball into goal from a narrow angle. ‘Technique’ isn’t a word usually associated with the German striker. However, he could…
Bayern’s form has dropped and others are looking to capitalize in Germany.
German teams have had a productive week in Europe. All three sealed qualification with Dortmund guaranteed top spot in their group. BVB now has to turn their attentions to a league campaign which has been topsy-turvy so far. They play Jürgen Klopp’s other favourite side in the league, Mainz 05.
Klopp did wonders in his time at Mainz. He has done brilliantly at BVB too, turning them from a mid-table side which had survived bankruptcy to a young side which is currently the talk of the town or in this case the Champions League. Mainz has been on good form though despite their loss to HSV and BVB’s performances in the Bundesliga after European clashes have let them down so far. Don’t be surprised if Mainz wins this.
Bayern continues to lead the Bundesliga. Schalke remains their nearest challenger. The Royal Blues sit seven points behind the Bavarians.
Frankfurt displays why they are title contenders:
Frankfurt was at the losing end of a 2-0 score-line at the Allianz Arena. However, despite losing out heavily in terms of possession, they had chances to score at the Allianz and largely kept Bayern at bay. This season, very few teams have mounted a serious challenge against the favourites.…
Bayern is refusing to be budged at the top of the table. Their reign at the top is set to last at-least for two more weeks as Schalke and Frankfurt are seven points behind them.
Mainz kicks off the weekend with a clash against the difficult Nürnberg. Timm Klose is having a good season; as a result Nürnberg is extremely difficult to penetrate. However, Adam Szalai will be looking to add to his goal tally. Nürnberg is coming into this one on the back of a win over a rather lost Wolfsburg side. Wolfsburg has a tough task ahead of them this week. Leverkusen is their visitor.
Leverkusen is coming into this match on the back of an impressive four match winning streaking. Their previous victim was Fortuna Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf takes on Hoffenheim this week. Hoffenheim beat second placed Schalke last week. The final score was 3-2 in Hoffenheim’s favour. How Schalke failed to beat Hoffenheim was beyond Horst Heldt.
Bundesliga Match-day 10 sees the revival of an old rivalry as FC Bayern takes on Hamburger SV.
Frankfurt last week was rather unluckily beaten by VfB Stuttgart. Stuttgart took an early lead through Christian Gentner. Frankfurt equalized with about twenty three minutes to go through Alex Meier. They should have gone ahead but the referee ruled out a legitimate Karim Matmour goal for offside. Stuttgart went ahead and took all three points when Vedad Ibisevic scored. As a result of the loss, Frankfurt slipped down to third. They take on Greuther Fürth this week.
Fürth’s fellow Bavarians Augsburg has to play Hannover 96. Hannover was one of three teams to lose rather bizarrely on Match-day 9. They led 2-0 at their fortress and seemed totally in control but conceded three in ten minutes to see their 22-game unbeaten streak at home come to an end. Augsburg meanwhile controlled parts of the match against HSV but somehow lost 0-2.
Bayern’s lead at the top has been cut down to four points after their defeat to Leverkusen. Schalke is second in the table now. Frankfurt, Dortmund and Leverkusen round out the top five.
Augsburg requires a finisher:
Augsburg dominated their match against HSV. HSV rarely had a sniff of the ball. However, HSV took the few chances they could muster. Augsburg played great football around the penalty area but as soon as the ball was inside the area, one knew that the result would either be a corner or a Rene Adler save.
Will Bayern suffer a first loss in the Bundesliga this season? Will they extend their lead at the top? These questions will be answered on Match-day 9 of the Bundesliga.
The weekend kicks off with Augsburg and HSV. Augsburg drew 0-0 in their Bavarian derby against Nürnberg last week while HSV suffered their fourth defeat of the season to Stuttgart. Stuttgart plays the second best team in the league currently Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt, the surprise package of this season, has six wins to their name. Their solitary defeat came against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Gladbach this weekend has an extremely tough test against Hannover. Hannover will be looking to defend a 22 match unbeaten run. Considering that Gladbach rolled over for Bremen last weekend, the team will perhaps be shorn off confidence. Hannover was beaten by - yes, you guessed it - Frankfurt, 3-1, last weekend.
At the moment, being a Borussia Mönchengladbach fan is rather unpleasant. Gladbach, despite the talent available to them, is failing on each platform rather spectacularly.
Last week, Bremen absolutely thumped them 4-0. Bremen is nowhere near the top of the Bundesliga table. Thus, Gladbach lost to a very inconsistent side. They are in trouble in this Europa League campaign as they only have one point to their name following the first two matches. They play the team at the top of the table this week, Marseille.
Marseille has four points to their name with a win and a draw. Their league form has let them down though. They lost to Troyes 1-0. Before the international break, Valenciennes absolutely thumped them 4-1. Gladbach meanwhile was thumped in the Europa League.
The Bundesliga finally returns to our television and computer screens after a two-week hiatus.
Boris Vukcevic is no longer in critical condition. This will only serve as good news for Markus Babbel’s side. His side will look to grab some points against newly promoted Greuther Fürth. ‘A rude awakening’ is the best way to describe Fürth’s current problems. They have scored a meager two goals and have won just once. They are stuck in the relegation zone currently alongside Augsburg and Stuttgart.
Augsburg on match-day seven played majestically as they took Bremen to the cleaners. The performance merited a first win of the season thoroughly. They play Nürnberg this week in a Bavarian derby. Nürnberg lost 3-0 to Freiburg. At 1-0 down, they had a great chance for an equalizer. Had that happened, perhaps Nürnberg would have had a draw.
Dortmund drew against Hannover this week. As a result, they are now nine points behind Bayern.
The Bundesliga is filled with surprises:
Düsseldorf’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Mainz. Mönchengladbach, in horrible form prior to this week, beat the second best side in the league according to the table, Eintracht Frankfurt. Nürnberg rolled over, allowing Freiburg to score two goals in extra time en route to a 3-0…
The Bundesliga contenders will have one goal in mind this week- keeping up with the pace-setting Bavarians.
It is often said that a ‘wounded’ Bayern is a different beast to a ‘complacent’ Bayern. We will be able to see both sides of Bayern this week perhaps this week after their recent complacency in Europe. They were embarrassed by BATE Borisov in the Champions League and is the only German side to have lost a Champions League match so far. Their pride has been hurt and Hoffenheim is the team that has to try to tame them now.
Hoffenheim’s Boris Vukcevic continues to battle for his life in the hospital. The mood is admittedly depressing around the club. Last week, they played for the sake of the former German U-21 international. This week they will be understandably mentally unprepared for facing the rampant Bayern.
Manchester City does not have fond memories of German opposition from last season’s competition. How will they fare this season?
City was placed in the ‘group of death’ last season alongside Bayern, Napoli and Villarreal. On Match-day Two, they traveled to Munich and were punished. The 2-0 score-line did not do Bayern justice. By the hour mark, Roberto Mancini had reverted to damage limitation. On the final match-day of the group stages, they did beat the Bavarians. However, Bayern had already topped the group by then and fielded a ‘Reserve XI’.
Dortmund did not fare well against English opposition either last season. They opened their campaign in Germany against Arsenal and ended up with a 1-1 draw despite dominating the match. In London, two early injuries shook them up badly and they were consigned to a 2-1 defeat. However, Dortmund will be coming into this match with much more confidence.
Bayern continues to lead the way in the Bundesliga. They won once again while Frankfurt also won to stay close behind in second.
For Bremen, matches seemingly last 80 minutes:
Thomas Schaaf’s side just does not possess the ability to see out a match. They fared very well against Bayern for 80 minutes of their match. They, unlike any other side this term, were about to hold Bayern to a draw. Schaaf’s side played the game in the correct manner too. There was little space…
Two traditional German giants, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach play against each other on Saturday.
When Dortmund and Gladbach met for the first time last season, they battled each other for a place at the top of the table. This time, both sides are stuttering and looking to keep up with Bayern. Bayern is already seven points ahead of Dortmund. BVB will play this match without the hugely animated Jürgen Klopp on the sidelines after he was sent off in their 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Both these sides recorded wins on opening day. They bought players worthy of replacing those who left in the transfer market in August. However, the fitting-in period for each and every one of those players has been longer than expected. Marco Reus is yet to gel properly with his team-mates. Gladbach hasn’t been able to replace Dante or Roman Neustadter properly yet.
The Bundesliga returns with a third set of fixtures in a single week. Last season’s champions Dortmund takes on last season’s fourth placed side, Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On Friday, a hugely interesting game will kick off the weekend. Fortuna Düsseldorf, the only side in Europe yet to concede a goal, takes on mighty Schalke. Schalke recovered from their 0-2 defeat against Bayern with a 3-0 victory over Mainz. As expected with Schalke, the victory didn’t come easily. They led 1-0 for a long period until Lewis Holtby finally decided the match in the 82nd minute. Teemu Pukki added a third for good measure.
Düsseldorf themselves picked up a win against Greuther Fürth, 0-2. Expect the side which is fifth in the table to really sit back against the side placed fourth in the table. Schalke will come at them but Düsseldorf might frustrate the Ruhr side. Fürth meanwhile takes on Bayer Leverkusen who finally won a game again. They beat Augsburg 1-3.