Berlin (dpa) – leader of the table against pursuers, bottom of the table against penultimate table. It’s game day seven in the Bundesliga. Six of the total of nine games will take place this Saturday, and some protagonists are particularly in focus.
RB Leipzig – SC Freiburg (3.30 p.m. / Sky)
ERMEDIN DEMIROVIC: Ermedin Demirovic was trained at RB Leipzig, but so far he has only played a minor role at SC Freiburg. The newcomer from Freiburg is now playing for the first time at his ex-club, but should only be substituted on again – if at all. The 22-year-old has so far been particularly noticeable in the humble Breisgau because of his new luxury car, which could be seen on social networks. That was “naive”, said SC trainer Christian Streich after a conversation with the striker. Nevertheless, the coach was satisfied with Demirovic’s sporting development.
1. FC Union Berlin – Arminia Bielefeld (3.30 p.m. / Sky)
UWE NEUHAUS: Arminia Bielefeld’s trainer is currently making some trips into the past. After meeting Borussia Dortmund, where he worked for a total of seven years as co-trainer and coach of the 2nd team, Neuhaus travels to Union Berlin with Arminia. He also worked for the iron club for seven years, from 2007 to 2014 as head coach. He is the Union’s record coach. And he laid the foundation for today’s successes, leading the Köpenicker from the regional league to the second division. Union wants to take Neuhaus expressly as a role model: Because the iron managed to stay in the class last year as a climber.
FC Schalke 04 – FSV Mainz 05 (15.30 / Sky)
FREDERIK RÖNNOW: Ferryman or Rönnow? Who is guarding the Schalke Gate in Mainz? Coach Manuel Baum didn’t want to make a decision after the DFB Cup win against Schweinfurt, in which Fährmann got a chance and saved an important penalty in the closing stages. On Friday, too, he didn’t solve the riddle when asked: “At first it was just about one game. But Ralf coped well with the strain, ”said Baum. Rönnow will probably move back between the posts. After all, the Dane could not be blamed for anything in the previous games. In the previous season there was already a multiple interplay in the Schalke case: The question was always: Nübel or Schubert?
Hertha BSC – FC Augsburg (15.30 / Sky)
FELIX UDUOKHAI: The former “lion” Uduokhai is one of two newcomers that national coach Joachim Löw has nominated for the last international matches of the year. “This is a beginning, a first step and I hope that he will make many more international matches,” said coach Heiko Herrlich about the former Wolfsburg, who has now been appointed for the first time like the long-time Augsburg-born Philipp Max (PSV Eindhoven). Uduokhai has been able to convince in central defense this season and is now a fixed point in the Fuggerstadt back team. How is the 23-year-old doing against Hertha BSC?
VfB Stuttgart – Eintracht Frankfurt (3.30 p.m. / Sky)
FILIP KOSTIC: With VfB he experienced the bitter relegation to the second division, in Frankfurt he became a key player: Filip Kostic could return to the duel with his ex-club on Saturday after almost six weeks of injury. Coach Adi Hütter considers the 28-year-old Serb to be an option for the guest appearance at the so far strong climber. Kostic am Main has long since polished up his reputation, which has suffered a lot in Stuttgart and at HSV. At Eintracht, he was one of the main reasons that the Europa League semi-finals were surprisingly reached in 2018/2019.
Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern Munich (6.30 p.m. / Sky)
ERLING HAALAND: He hits and hits. Borussia Dortmund has great hopes in Erling Haaland before the league summit against FC Bayern. The 20-year-old striker made a name for himself on Wednesday when he set a new record with goals 13 and 14 against Bruges after just eleven Champions League games. However, BVB sports director Michael Zorc considers comparisons with the Munich goal guarantor Robert Lewandowski to be inappropriate: “They are too far apart in terms of age for us to make comparisons. But we are happy to have Erling. He is not only good for us because of his goals, but also because he radiates a will with every fiber and is obsessed with success. “
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