Bundesliga Preview: Match Day 4

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Domestic football returns on Friday after the international break with France, Germany, and Spain all welcoming back their top divisions.

The Bundesliga picks things back up with Fortuna Dusseldorf against Wolfsburg before a full programme of games on Saturday and Sunday. With the Champions League and Europa League group stages kicking off next week, all the big sides are in action on Saturday except for the likes of Hoffenheim and Schalke, who missed out on Europe last season.

Bundesliga Match of the Weekend – RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich

There are a few big games this weekend including Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen, but Saturday evening’s late match is the pick of the fixtures. Many of the players involved were in action for Germany over the international break, with Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer claiming he hopes Timo Werner will have a rest this weekend.

However, Werner hit back stating he failed to score in either Germany game so now his rest is over and it’s time to score again. Werner bagged his first-ever Bundesliga hat-trick two weeks ago and will be looking to add to his five goals in three games and catch up with Robert Lewandowski (six goals in three games) in the race for top scorer.

Rest of the Weekend

Fortuna Dusseldorf have never won a competitive game against Wolfsburg, so the omens do not look good as they face an in-form side who are looking to compete for a place in Europe. Rouven Hennings (£0.41) could be key for Fortuna as he has been involved in eight goals (six goals, two assists) in his last nine Bundesliga games.

Union Berlin picked up their first-ever Bundesliga win before the break, shocking Borussia Dortmund. They host Werder Bremen, who got their first win of the season, but still look suspect in defence. Yuya Osaka scored twice against Augsburg and now has three goals this season – as many as he did in the entire 2018-19 season.

Mainz and Hertha Berlin have both been poor at the back this season, conceding 12 and eight goals respectively, which puts them both in the top three for most goals conceded. However, Mainz is probably the easiest fixture of Hertha’s four games so far, and they should be hoping to finally kick-start their season with only Dodi Lukebakio and Marko Grujic in the goals column in 2019-20 to date.

Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen sees Peter Bosz visit his former employers, with both challenging at the top of the table. Both teams are known for a strong attack, with Paco Alcacer finding the net in all five of his competitive games in 2019-20 as well as on international duty with Spain. Leverkusen have yet to lose this season, but face a Jadon Sancho who is also in form, having scored his first England goals in midweek.

New signing Andre Silva (£0.88) could make his Eintracht Frankfurt debut at Augsburg and will be hoping he can make an instant impact like Bas Dost did, coming off the bench to score on his debut for the club two weeks ago. Dost never scored against Augsburg in his previous stint in Germany and will look to rectify that on Saturday.

Koln and Borussia Monchengladbach play each other for the 100th time this weekend, with Gladbach having won 48 of the previous 99 encounters. Koln striker Anthony Modeste netted his 60th Bundesliga goal before the break and averages almost a goal every two games in the German top flight.

Hoffenheim only failed to score in two games last season but have already matched that tally in 2019-20. They will look to put that right against Freiburg on Sunday, but the game will not see Vincenzo Grifo take part as the forward left Hoffenheim for Freiburg for €7 million on deadline day, but saw a clause inserted in the deal to prevent him playing in this match.

Paderborn have scored in the opening 15 minutes of all their league games this season but are yet to pick up a win. They face another difficult challenge on Sunday against Schalke, who should be confident following a convincing 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

Bundesliga Player to Watch – Yannick Gerhardt vs Fortuna (£0.48)

Wolfsburg Xaver Schlager had held down a central midfield spot for new coach Oliver Glasner since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg, but an ankle injury last time out against Paderborn saw Gerhardt thrown into the mix in the middle of the park. Glasner now has a choice to make on Friday night and could decide to play Gerhardt in midfield following an impressive pre-season.

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Ronan Murphy is a social producer for Goal.com, where he looks after their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as providing written features on the Bundesliga and FIFA. He also appears regularly on radio and television, including talkSport and LoveSport in the UK, talking German football while constantly sharing his strange obsession with super-striker Sandro Wagner.

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