Promoted VfB Stuttgart has already made it difficult for Bayern and Dortmund even shot down – with Leipzig, in their 150th Bundesliga game, the next top opponent is now waiting for the Swabians. While Bayer Leverkusen and SC Freiburg are aiming for club records, Mainz is jumping into the deep end with its renewed management team at the front runner Bavaria.
Willi Orban and RB Leipzig outstrip Bayern in the 150th Bundesliga game, Anthony Modeste and 1. FC Köln want to land a liberation.
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Freiburg chases the 19-year-old record
Hoffenheim from the Kraichgau against Freiburg from Breisgau: Two teams that neither sniff the international ranks in the middle of the table (more Hoffenheim’s claim) nor threaten to slip into the relegation zone (more Freiburg’s concern). Christian Streich’s team (now in office for nine years) is even two points ahead of TSG and has a club record in mind: four Bundesliga wins in a row have so far only been in the summer of 2001.
Away power against home fortress: How are the Werkself reporting back?
Shortly before the winter break, the best away team in the league gambled away, Bayer Leverkusen, his lead at home extremely unhappy against Bayern. With a new club record, the Werkself could be unbeaten in front of their home crowd Eintracht Frankfurt (one win, five draws), the last striker Bas Dost sold to Bruges, report back in the championship race: An away win would be Leverkusen’s sixth in a row.
Andersson is missing over here, Richter will probably stay over there
After the respectable success in Leipzig (0-0), the target is 1. FC Cologne versus Augsburg a liberation strike. Markus Gisdol is also hoping for cup scorer Anthony Modeste, who could replace Sebastian Andersson, who is missing until mid-January. Meanwhile, a courted attacker from Augsburg will only storm for the FCA for the time being: “With Marco Richter, a change is out of the question for us. That is not an issue,” said coach Heiko Herrlich.
Security and calm: Reinforced Werder calls for Union
Upswing in Bremen: After four defeats, there were two wins, most recently in a sovereign cup against Hanover – and now the contract extension for sports manager Frank Baumann, from which supervisory board chairman Marco Bode hopes for “planning security”. Counterparty Union Berlin, currently one of the most unpleasant opponents in the league, has meanwhile extended with manager Oliver Ruhnert, while the former Bremen Max Kruse has legal rest after he resolved his legal dispute with ex-club Fenerbahce. However, the attacker is still suffering from a torn muscle bundle.
Will Gladbach’s long-running favorites succeed in the turnaround?
“We had to be clever,” said Arminia Bielefelds Ritsu Doan after the victory in the basement duel against Schalke, which noticeably improved the position of Ostwestfalen in the fight for relegation. The DSC also has to be clever against it Borussia Monchengladbach that cannot always preserve its Champions League form for the Bundesliga. After six cross-competition games without a win, the 5-0 win in the cup against Elversberg did well – especially after Marcus Thuram’s spit attack. It will depend on the long-running hits again: with Matthias Ginter, Stefan Lainer, Yann Sommer and Nico Elvedi, four Gladbachers are among the seven players who completed the most Bundesliga minutes in 2020.
Crisis summit in Berlin: record coach Gross should fix it
A Schalke The best mark is inevitable, another one is getting closer: Christian Gross (“Let me tackle this”) is against Hertha Standing on the sidelines as the 48th Bundesliga coach of the Royal Blues – will he manage to win another league game with the Gelsenkirchen team? Tasmania Berlin’s negative record is only two missed victories away. The guest appearance in the capital will definitely be a crisis duel, as Hertha, which will probably have to do without captain Dedryck Boyata (foot injury), is far behind its own claims and is only just above the line.
Against BVB-Schreck Stuttgart: 150th Bundesliga game for Leipzig
At 0: 1 in Wolfsburg he had to VfB Stuttgart take a damper – now a guest RB Leipzig an absolute top team in Swabia. The convincing climber can probably rely on the last ailing top performer Silas Wamangituka again against the Saxons, and the return of Konstantinos Mavropanos and Daniel Didavi is not excluded. Despite the Stuttgart 5: 1 in Dortmund, RB should be a big challenge for VfB, which is playing its 150th Bundesliga game. Leipzig has already achieved 80 victories, not even Bayern have achieved more at this milestone (79).
Manuel Neuer had no chance against Patrik Schicks volley in Leverkusen.
Against returning wolves: Dortmund’s storm problems continue
Where is the journey going for Borussia Dortmund under new coach Edin Terzic? Against the VfL Wolfsburg threatens the fourth home defeat in a row, while the front – where BVB seldom convinced recently – next to Erling Haaland now Thorgan Hazard (again) is out. Top talent Youssoufa Moukoko also missed the cup game in Braunschweig. In the case of strong and apparently stable wolves, however, William, Maximilian Arnold, Jerome Roussillon, Maxence Lacroix, Xaver Schlager, Maximilian Philipp and Tim Siersleben could return after their corona infections or contacts.
Either – or: Can Neuer still play to zero?
Winter, Christmas or whatever masters: The Bayern are enthroned again at the beginning of the new year. Manuel Neuer faces the mandatory win against the relegation-threatened FSV Mainz 05 Meanwhile, between two records: If Bayern play to zero, the world goalkeeper sets Oliver Kahn’s record (196 times without conceding a goal) after a long attempt. If this does not succeed for the ninth time in a row, Neuer, on the other hand, equalizes his own negative value from autumn 2018. The duel with the series champions, it will be a jump into the deep end for the new Mainz leadership duo Christian Heidel (board member) and Martin Schmidt (sports director).