From: 09/29/2022 18:12
On day 8 of the Bundesliga, Anthony Modeste returns to 1. FC Köln with the BVB shirt. The former “cracker of the Bundesliga” between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen has become a duel of crisis, and in Leipzig and Bochum the change manager effect is sought.
Bayern Munich – Bayer Leverkusen (Friday, 20:30)
A “Bundesliga cracker” on Friday night (September 30, 2022) – this was supposed to be the plan when this match was scheduled. But on matchday eight of the Bundesliga, both Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are somehow struggling to catch up.
Nagelsmann: “Not the only one responsible”
Bayern had before the international break lost for the first time in three draws (in Augsburg). Coach Julian Nagelsmann did not ignore the situation: “I didn’t think of retiring, I just don’t want to not win games.”
Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, have only won once. And the Nations League matches did not go well for the numerous national team players in both teams as encouragement. The fact is: a tie doesn’t help anyone and the loser slips straight into the crisis.
Staff: Florian Wirtz and Karim Bellarabi will still miss Leverkusen. Amine Adli is available again after a broken collarbone. At Bayern, captain Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka are up and running after their crown troubles. Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr and the talented Paul Wanner are injured.
RB Leipzig – VfL Bochum (Saturday, 15:30)
A point is always worth more if it is “golden” in the next game. VfL Bochum is likely to do just that in Leipzig with new manager Thomas Letsch.
Saturday’s opponents are the only Bundesliga sides to have changed coaches this season. In Leipzig, Marco Rose took over from Domenico Tedesco – il First at Borussia Dortmund he succeeded brilliantly, in the second game that followed Disaster at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Then the question arises as to which trainer effect has a longer lasting effect. Also with Marco Rose, especially since Letsch has the main role: “New coach, new direction – this means a lot of speculation”.
Rosa on the new VfL coach: “I know him well”
Staff: Leipzig must do without the sick Yussuf Poulsen. In the storm, the decision is made between Timo Werner or André Silva.
SC Freiburg – FSV Mainz 05 (Saturday, 15:30)
If Freiburg coach Christian Streich likes to hear it? Hardly likely. But SC Freiburg are not only in the running for the Champions League, but also statistically. Extrapolating the 14 points from seven games, that would be 68 points – the clubs have already won leagues with this yield.
of the Mainz Bundesliga coach Bo Svensson speaks respectfully about Freiburg’s development: “They almost never have bad days. Their bad level is still very high.” Streich sees a “difficult” opponent in Mainz and adds: “But which Bundesliga match isn’t difficult?”
Bo Svensson: “Freiburg is doing well even in bad times”
Staff: striker Jonathan Burkardt is again available for Mainz (after a foot injury). Rheinhessen, on the other hand, have to do without injured Marlon Mustapha and Marcus Ingvartsen. Freiburg are hoping for the return of striker Lucas Höler, who could at least be on the bench.
1. FC Cologne v Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 15:30)
Anthony Modeste’s thrilling return to Cologne-Müngersdorf somehow overshadows the sporting significance. The BVB striker shouldn’t expect cheers after his sudden departure early in the season. After all, he left 1. FC Köln for the second time before a European Cup season. Things are also not going so well in Dortmund.
At Borussia Dortmund, traditionally the good mood after the 1-0 victory at Revierderby during the break for the national teams. And if the efficiency continues like this, BVB can also conquer the top of the rankings. Borussia celebrated four of their five victories with a close 1-0.
Steffen Baumgart: “Hope for a reasonable welcome”
Staff: Marco Reus passed away after his Injury in the district derby, but he should return to team training soon. Giovanni Reyna and goalkeeper Gregor Kobel are also out at the BVB. Former Colony Salih Özcan, on the other hand, could get back in shape after a break.
Eintracht Frankfurt – 1. FC Union Berlin (Saturday, 15:30)
Eintracht Frankfurt faces the challenge of wiping the Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur from their minds. League leaders Union Berlin are also “a tough nut to crack,” said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. “It will be difficult, but it’s nice when things start hard.”
On Wednesday, Union coach Urs Fischer sent a signal with the extension of his contract: “I have been with Union for five years, it is extraordinary to have been in a club for so long.” Now it’s up to the leaders to make the most of it. A look at the table should help. The 17 points collected so far are “extremely important” for the coming weeks.
Staff: near Frankfurt Defender Kristijan Jakic is probably missing (inflammation of the hip). Right-back Almamy Touré (infection) is not yet available. Left-backs Luca Pellegrini and Christopher Lenz are back in training.
VfL Wolfsburg – VfB Stuttgart (Saturday, 15:30)
After a difficult start to the season, VfB Stuttgart are still awaiting their first Bundesliga victory. VfB are currently in the relegation standings, directly ahead of their opponent VfL Wolfsburg. VfB-Trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo: “The lads made a good impression in training. Now it is important to implement him on the pitch.”
Wolfsburg are still awaiting their first home win of the season after two draws and one defeat. But probably someone else should score for that besides Lukas Nmecha, who scored three of the four goals at home.
Staff: Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa returned from the Croatian national team “with a high fever”. Summer newcomer Josha Vagnoman (advanced training) is sure to come out. Dan-Axel Zagadou access is “definitely an option from the bank,” Matarazzo said.
Werder Bremen v Borussia Mönchengladbach (Saturday, 18:30)
In Bremen, the biggest challenge could be a change of stadium. Because after 21 years he had Werder split from stadium announcer Christian Stoll. Previous co-rapporteur Arnd Zeigler will initially make the announcements himself.
Mönchengladbach hopes that the momentum of the impressive home win against Leipzig stopped. “After a win like against Leipzig, the next match is always a bit more difficult,” said coach Daniel Farke.
Staff: Goalkeeper Marcus Thuram is likely there at Borussia after missing training recently. In Alassane Plea, a questionable assignment, the injured Ko Itakura, Hannes Wolf and Florian Neuhaus and Yvandro Borges Sanches, returned from the national team, were eliminated.
Hertha BSC – TSG Hoffenheim (Sunday, 15:30)
In Sunday’s first match, consistency is met in a direct duel: Hoffenheim have one point more than reigning champions Bayern Munich – the interim result is almost identical to the 2008/09 Bundesliga first year, when the ‘Hoffenheim became a resounding champion in the fall.
Hertha BSC has also stabilized, one of the reasons being the consistency of the staff. Coach Sandro Schwarz soon found his starting eleven. Christensen is in goal, the last four are Plattenhardt, Kempf, Uremovic and Kenny, Tousart and Serdar are in midfield, Ejuke, Kanga and Lukebakio are in attack.
Staff: Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy may be exhausted with a splint after an operation due to a metacarpal fracture.
FC Schalke 04 v FC Augsburg (Sunday, 17:30)
Augsburg have won three games this season, another victory would set a new record for the club: four wins after eight matchdays had never been recorded in the Bundesliga before.
The question in the game after both teams’ derby will be who takes the initiative: why no other team has had as little ball possession this season as Schalke (only 42%). And Augsburg also prefers to leave the ball to the opponent (44 percent). Perhaps it is based on experience: this season, only the players of Bochum and Union were on average older than those of Schalke (27.4 years) and Augsburg (27.1).