After two weeks of the 2019-20 season, the Bundesliga table is starting to take shape.
Three of last year’s top four have maximum points (Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Bayer Leverkusen), while the missing part of that foursome is the next best, with Bayern Munich in sixth on four points.
Freiburg and Wolfsburg look like early-season anomalies, but favourable fixtures this weekend should help them continue their excellent starts to the season.
Bundesliga Match of the Weekend: Borussia Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig
This match-up sees two new managers continue to settle in at their new clubs. Former Red Bull Salzburg boss Marco Rose is unbeaten in two games with Gladbach, while Julian Nagelsmann has shown why he is just so highly rated with two wins from two games in the league in charge of Leipzig.
The match should prove an open affair as both managers like to attack, meaning that Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea should keep Leipzig’s defenders busy. At the other end, Timo Werner’s future has been resolved with the forward signing a new deal and scoring last weekend. His partnership with Yussuf Poulsen will continue for the foreseeable future and should yield plenty of goals this season.
Rest of the Weekend:
Bayer Leverkusen are likely to make it three wins from three when they host Hoffenheim, who have lost many key players during the summer. Robert Skov is yet to find the net in the Bundesliga for TSG, but Leverkusen’s relentless attacking style may give him a chance to get in behind and get on the scoresheet. B04 are averaging three goals a game so far this season, with only Robert Lewandowski involved in more goals than Kevin Volland in 2019.
The last time Bayern Munich and Mainz met, the Bavarians won 6-0. That scoreline is unlikely to be repeated, but Robert Lewandowski is on fire this season with five league goals in two games. Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic are in line to make their first starts for Bayern, while Lucas Hernandez should keep a spot in the backline after making his first start last weekend.
Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst has 13 goals in 2019 having added another last weekend, and will fancy his chances against a Paderborn side who play a vertical style of football that leaves them open at the back but also creates plenty of chances.
Freiburg’s two wins from two is their best Bundesliga start ever, while Koln are still looking for their first points. However, Koln have played well and were almost a match for Borussia Dortmund last weekend, meaning they could cause an upset on Saturday. Freiburg have benefitted from penalties in both their games so far, with Gian-Luca Waldschmidt netting both. He has yet to miss from the spot.
Schalke are the only team yet to score this season but host a Hertha Berlin side who have lost 10 of their last 11 visits to Gelsenkirchen. Schalke have just three shots this season, but Benito Raman has a history against Hertha, scoring twice last season for Dusseldorf against them.
Borussia Dortmund’s fixture list has been kind at the start of the season and continues this weekend with a trip to newly-promoted Union Berlin. Neven Subotic comes up against his former club, but is unlikely to stop Jadon Sancho and Paco Alcacer continuing their excellent starts to the season. Sancho has provided a goal and an assist in three of four games in all competitions this season, while Alcacer has 21 goals in 28 total appearances in the league.
Werder Bremen are yet to pick up a point this season but their performances have been better than the results, and they should turn things around on Sunday against Augsburg. Niclas Fullkrug scored last weekend, his first goal since returning to the club and will be key to their attack with Milot Rashica injured.
Eintracht Frankfurt smashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 7-1 at home last season, but no longer have Luka Jovic to lead the line for them. The new Real Madrid striker scored five goals in this fixture, and now Goncalo Paciencia is the man tasked with finding the net for Eintracht, even taking five of the team’s 11-shot total last weekend against Leipzig.
Bundesliga Player to Watch: Bas Dost – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Fortuna Dusseldorf (£0.67)
Dost’s arrival this week was too late for him to feature in the Europa League, meaning he may get the nod in the Bundesliga’s Sunday evening game to make his Eintracht Frankfurt debut. The Dutch striker returns to Germany after scoring 76 goals in 84 league games for Sporting CP. He knows how to find the net and proved that the last time he played in the Bundesliga, with 36 goals in 85 league games for Wolfsburg between 2012 and 2016. He’s a much better finisher now and could form an excellent partnership with Paciencia under Adi Hutter.