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Bundesliga Matchday 4: Nagelsmann returns to Leipzig, leaders Wolfsburg away to Fürth

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Julian Nagelsmann, Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano return to their former stomping ground this weekend when FC Bayern München travel to the Red Bull Arena. RB Leipzig are hoping to challenge for the title, but have only managed to secure three points in their opening three fixtures. RB Leipzig will be hoping to rectify this slow start in Saturday evening’s big match.

Before they even take to the field in Saturday’s stand-out clash, FC Bayern München could see their deficit on league leaders VfL Wolfsburg grow to five points. The Wolves will be hoping to extend their winning streak when they travel to SpVgg Greuther Fürth, who are currently in a relegation playoff spot. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who are ahead of Bayern on goal difference, could also pull three points clear. Although their unbeaten start to the season will face a stern test against Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund! The only other side still to boast an unbeaten record after three games are SC Freiburg, who host 1. FC Köln on Saturday.

Here’s a preview of this weekend’s fixtures.

Julian Nagelsmann, Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano return to their former stomping ground this weekend when FC Bayern München travels to a RB Leipzig side who have so far struggled to adapt to those key defections but have the chance to remedy that in Saturday evening’s big match.

Nagelsmann led Leipzig to their hitherto highest point of a UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2020, as well as to a third- and a second-place finish in the Bundesliga in two years at the helm.

While he can expect to be welcomed back warmly by a crowd of 34,000, as soon as he sits in the away team dugout at the Red Bull Arena, he cannot expect any more pleasantries as the man occupying his former hot seat in the home dugout, Jesse Marsch, seeks a repeat of his first home fixture – a 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

Since that – Leipzig’s lone league win the season thus far –Sabitzer has followed Nagelsmann and central defender Upamecano to Munich, and he could make his debut this weekend, while Joshua Kimmich is another former Leipzig player in the Bayern ranks.

Eighteen-year-old Ilaix Moriba has been brought in from Barcelona to fill Sabitzer’s boots, and the now injury-free Dominik Szoboszlai is keen to make up for lost time as Die Roten Bullen bid to become the first club to prevent Bayern from scoring a goal since they were the last to manage that on 9 February 2020.

Since then, the record champions have found the back of the net at least once in a

European record 76 straight games, and ahead of the first round of UEFA Champions League matches in midweek – with Leipzig heading to Manchester City and Bayern travelling to Barcelona – both sides will be looking for a confidence-boosting three points.

Before taking to the field in Saturday’s stand-out clash, Bayern could see their deficit on league leaders VfL Wolfsburg grow to five points, with the hitherto perfect Wolves travelling to SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who lead Bayern on goal difference, can also pull three points clear, though their unbeaten start to the season will face a stern test against Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund.

The only other side still to boast an unbeaten record after three games of the season are SC Freiburg, who host 1. FC Köln on Saturday, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, the winless FC Augsburg go in search of their first three points of the season at 1. FC Union Berlin.

Urs Fischer’s Union are preparing for their debut in the UEFA Europa Conference League this season, having taken the mantle as the capital’s current leading club, with Hertha Berlin still without a single point all season. Pal Dardai offered to resign after a 5-0 defeat to Bayern last time out, but he has been convinced by the club’s sporting director Fredi Bobic to pull up his sleeves and lead them to VfL Bochum on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt go in search of their first wins of the campaign on Sunday at home to DSC Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart respectively, while mid-table TSG Hoffenheim and 1. FSV Mainz 05 meet in Sinsheim on Saturday.

Also, this weekend, Bundesliga 2’s Matchday 6 gets underway, with St. Pauli’s trip to Hannover 96 perhaps the most headline-grabbing fixture of the weekend. The Hamburg club – last in the top flight in 2010/11 – could go top with victory, provided leaders SSV Jahn Regensburg and second-place SC Paderborn 07 slip up to 1. FC Nürnberg and FC Schalke respectively. Schalke and last season’s fellow relegated side SV Werder Bremen find themselves in mid-table after five games – the latter looking to rectify that against FC Ingolstadt 04.

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