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Borussia Dortmund takes on a Wolfsburg side which is quietly progressing upwards in the Bundesliga at the Volkswagen Arena on 9th November, 2013.
Preview: Wolfsburg looking to take the sting out of Borussia Dortmund’s attack
Dortmund’s season took a hit on Wednesday evening as the Ruhr team went down to Arsenal, 0-1, in their very own Westfalenstadion, leaving them fighting for a spot in the final 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Wolfsburg’s keen manager, Dieter Hecking, surely noticed how Arsenal managed to snuff out Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He will be looking to go down a similar route.
For the Ruhr side, Lukasz Piszczek is out as is Ilkay Gündogan. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mats Hummels are also set to miss out on this contest. Sebastian Kehl is prepared to travel with BVB for the first time since Bundesliga Match-day Five. For Wolfsburg, their creative head, Diego will be unavailable due to a stomach problem. Along with him, Vierinha, Christian Träsch and Koo Ja-Cheol will sit this one out. Hecking will rely on Luiz Gustavo to help cut out BVB’s attacks and at the same time provide some impetus for the offense whenever necessary.
Watch live as Bayern Munich plays host to VfL Wolfsburg in their seventh league game of the season on September 28, 2013 at the Allianz Arena
Preview: Mario Gotze likely to make return for Bavarians
After missing almost a month of action, star summer signing Mario Gotze could finally return to the fold. The young German suffered an ankle injury during the UEFA Super Cup win against Chelsea but returned to full training this week and could feature at some point in the game.
Although he did not feature in Wednesday’s 4-1 thumping in the DFB Pokal of Hannover, the former Borussia Dortmund star might return to the substitutes’ bench.
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…
Bayern München will host the German champions of 2009 in the Allianz Arena in the DFB Pokal semifinals.
FC Bayern is in the Pokal semifinals for the fourth time in four years. They will be looking to make their third final in four years. They will also try to banish the memory of last season’s dramatic and shameful finale in Berlin. Bayern was never embarrassed in the final of a competition in the manner in which they were last May. Borussia Dortmund took them apart and almost looked down upon them as Robert Lewandowski helped himself to a hat trick in a 5-2 win.
Bayern’s journey to the semifinals has not been easy; neither has Wolfsburg’s. Die Wolfe opened up with a 0-5 victory against FC Schönberg but then only narrowly beat FSV Frankfurt (2-0), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2-1) and VfL Bochum (2-0) to be at this stage of the competition. The highlight of their campaign was the comeback win against Leverkusen.
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…
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…
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt is the game with the highest possibility of serving up a feast this week in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund is coming into the match on the back of a rather lackluster performance in Ukraine. A 2-2 away draw is definitely a good result in the Champions League; however, despite the fact that BVB was marginally the better side on the day, the performance did not match those of BVB’s ones in the group stages.
Dortmund’s mental strength was tested endlessly in Ukraine. After dominating the initial part of the match, they fell behind to a brilliant free kick from Darijo Srna. It did not take long for the Ruhr side to come back; Robert Lewandowski equalized coolly before half time.
In the second half, BVB’s performance was rather frantic. They fell behind to a Douglas Costa goal following a howler from Mats Hummels. It was Hummels who eventually rescued the draw for Dortmund though with a great header late on.
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…