A Preview of Bundesliga Matchday Ten
, Hannover 96
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.
HSV this week will have to play at their utmost best if they are to have any chance. Heung Min Son certainly believes they have a chance. However, despite the fact that Bayern lost last week, Bayern’s away record reads: four matches played, twelve goals scored, zero conceded.
Bayern was extremely unlucky to go down to Leverkusen last week. The first goal occurred because the ball bounced off Stefan Kiessling’s shin while the second occurred because a woeful header from Sidney Sam took a heavy deflection off of the unlucky Jerome Boateng. Leverkusen this week takes on Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Both Fortuna and Bayer 04 struggled in their cup ties. Fortuna beat a better opponent in Gladbach. Leverkusen needed extra time to see off Bielefeld. Leverkusen will not need a ton of luck to beat a Düsseldorf side which conceded four against Wolfsburg. They should come through this without too much trouble.
Wolfsburg meanwhile takes on FC Nürnberg this week. Nürnberg lost by a solitary goal to high flying Schalke last week. A late Jefferson Farfan strike saw them fail to collect what would have been an extremely valuable point. Wolfsburg seems to have found their feet under interim manager Lorenz Gunther Kostner. They will be difficult to beat.
Schalke, currently Bayern’s main challenger to the Bundesliga crown, takes on Markus Babbel’s Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim was absolutely battered by Mainz last week. They had no answers for a superb Adam Szalai. Szalai’s hat-trick has sent the talented striker to second place in the top scorer standings, just one behind Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic.
Mainz plays a struggling Bremen side this week. Nobody had expected Bremen to drop points against Fürth but they did just that. Mainz, on current form, will perhaps consign Bremen to another defeat. However, if Bremen does come out firing on all cylinders, they will take this one.
Bremen’s best performance this season perhaps came in a loss on opening day against Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund, in one of the biggest matches this week, takes on a team they failed to beat last season, VfB Stuttgart. Stuttgart and BVB played to an astounding 4-4 draw last season which allowed Bayern to re-enter the title race for a short while. Stuttgart will look to beat BVB this time as they are on good form.
Borussia Mönchengladbach would like to be on the run Stuttgart is on now. They were playing well but went down to Düsseldorf in the DFB Pokal in midweek. They face Freiburg this week. Freiburg was unlucky to lose to BVB in the midst of unexpected snow. Dortmund was able to register a somewhat fortunate 0-2 win in that match.
Finally, Bayern will remain at the top of the table regardless of results this week. However, will HSV be the first team to win at home against Bayern this season?
Tune in this week to find out!