Matchday 5: Friday’s Dortmund-Hoffenheim meet more hell-raiser than curtain-raiser

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Bundesliga Matchday 5 kicks off on Friday 2 September with a game that is more hell-raiser than curtain-raiser. Goals and drama tend to follow whenever Borussia Dortmund meet TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – the fixture averages well over three goals per game – and this next encounter has all the makings of another classic.

Edin Terzic’s Dortmund side have not yet hit top form in 2022/23, but have still won three of their first four assignments. Encouragingly, summer signing Anthony Modeste netted his first goal in black-and-yellow as Dortmund overcame Hertha Berlin last time out and the veteran will be keen to add to that tally against one of his ex-clubs, as he continues to bed in alongside Marco Reus, Karim Adeyemi and Co.

Hoffenheim are level on nine points after winning their last three games and are enjoying a successful start under new head coach Andre Breitenreiter, whose side – spearheaded by veteran forward Andrej Kramaric – have looked sharp so far.

There is another top-of-the-table clash on Saturday as current leading duo FC Bayern München and 1. FC Union Berlin lock horns in the German capital. Union are on an 11game unbeaten run stretching back to last season and are full of confidence after putting six goals past FC Schalke 04 last weekend. Summer recruit Jordan has already struck up a fruitful partnership with fellow forward Sheraldo Becker, whose four goals in four games place him at the top of the scoring chart.

Bayern have plenty of contenders of their own in that regard, with Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala both on three strikes already. After a blistering start, Julian Nagelsmann’s side were held 1-1 by a Yann Sommer-inspired Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, so will be eager to reassert themselves this weekend.

Elsewhere, third-placed SC Freiburg face the next test of their elite credentials as they travel to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Die Werkself have been uncharacteristically off-colour, but hope to have broken the dam after the resounding 3-0 triumph at 1. FSV Mainz 05 last time out.

FC Köln, meanwhile, have flown under the radar somewhat with three draws and a win, leaving them as just one of four unbeaten teams in the league in 2022/23. Steffen Baumgart’s Billy Goats have become one of the toughest sides to beat and will be out to prove that once more when they take on Niko Kovac’s VfL Wolfsburg, who remain on the hunt for a maiden league victory.

The Wolves have at least drawn twice this season, which is more than can be said of VfL Bochum 1848, who are the only side yet to pick up a single point. While Thomas Reis’ charges showed flashes of quality in their defeat in Freiburg, they will need to do consistently if they are to get off the mark against promoted SV Werder Bremen, who are the third-highest scorers so far with 10 goals.

Neither VfB Stuttgart nor Schalke have been as free-scoring, the teams registering just seven between them ahead of their Matchday 5 duel, with both eyeing a first Bundesliga victory.

Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig showed them how it was done last weekend, with both collecting a first Bundesliga win of the campaign. The challenge now for Die Adler and Die Roten Bullen as they prepare to do battle on Saturday evening will be to maintain that momentum while also juggling UEFA Champions League duties as of next week.

Survival is the name of the game for FC Augsburg as they host fellow strugglers Hertha on Sunday, both teams having already lost three times, while the fixture list is rounded out by Bayern-tamers Gladbach, who entertain Mainz.

Down in the second division, promotion favourites Hamburger SV take on Karlsruher SC in

Saturday’s late kick-off. Locked on points at the top, SC Paderborn 07 and SV Darmstadt 98 are also at home, taking on promoted 1. FC Magdeburg and relegated DSC Arminia Bielefeld respectively.

UPL Secretariat releases 2022/23 fixtures.

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