The Bundesliga returns from the international break with the prospect of seven teams aiming to finish the weekend in top spot after one of the most competitive starts to the season in the league’s history.
Six of the top nine teams in the table face off as part of an evenly matched weekend of fixtures.
Matchday 7 left Germany’s top flight with a surprising new league leader
spearheading an ultra-competitive top half of the table, with just five points
separating Borussia Mönchengladbach in first and Eintracht Frankfurt in ninth.
Going into Matchday 8, any team from Bayer Leverkusen in seventh could
conceivably end the weekend at the summit. The Battles of the Borussias
headlines the action, as leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach travel to the Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening. Marco Rose’s Foals galloped into pole position for the first time in eight years prior to the
international break with an emphatic 5-1 win over FC Augsburg.
Die Folen are therefore banged in form for their trip to Dortmund, where they have not picked up points since the 2013/14 season; five defeats have followed since then. Dortmund, meanwhile, conceded late on to draw 2-2 for the third game in a row at Freiburg on Matchday 7.
Despite that frustrating run, Lucien Favre’s side can close to within a
point of Gladbach if they win this weekend, having started seven places behind them in the table.
Another of the not-to-be-missed meetings between high-flying sides takes
place in Leipzig earlier on Saturday afternoon, when Julian Nagelsmann’s Roten Bullen host VfL Wolfsburg.
The Wolves are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Bundesliga this
season and sit second behind Gladbach, with Leipzig only one point further
behind. But before then, though,
Matchday 8 will kick off on Friday when Eintracht Frankfurt host
Leverkusen at the Commerzbank-Arena in a fixture between two attack-minded sides that have never finished goalless. It could see the away side sit top of the league overnight should they pick up a win from their travels.
Completing the Saturday action are SV Werder Bremen against Hertha Berlin, Fortuna Düsseldorf against 1. FSV Mainz 05, 1. FC Union Berlin against Sport-Club Freiburg and FC Augsburg against FC Bayern München.
The Bavarian derby between Augsburg and Bayern will give the league’s
leading scorer the chance to create more history. Should Robert Lewandowski add to his Bundesliga goals in 2019/20 at the WWK-Arena, the Poland international will have scored in each of the opening eight matches of the season, equalling a record set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Dortmund in 2015/16.
A double-header awaits us on Sunday as 1. FC Köln and SC Paderborn 07 do
battle in a meeting of two promoted sides. Neither have
made a start to the campaign that they will be particularly satisfied with
and therefore both will be going all out for victory at the
RheinEnergie Stadion. That game is followed by FC Schalke 04’s visit to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to round off the action for this coming weekend.