Berlin (dpa) – Bayern come to the Bielefelder Alm, but the newcomer has to do without the support of the audience. In Augsburg, the duel between the second in the table and the leader is on. The Swabians can make it to the top for the first time in the tenth league year.
And otherwise on Saturday? After Corona cases, Hoffenheim go into the duel against Dortmund, weakened as a replacement. Will Werder continue to improve in Freiburg? Will coach Labbadia win his anniversary against Stuttgart? Will Mainz or Leverkusen make their first win of the season? And will Mönchengladbach manage the successful dress rehearsal for the Champions League against Wolfsburg?
FC Augsburg – RB Leipzig
Heiko Herrlich: The Augsburg trainer is back with his team after a pneumothorax, an accumulation of air between the lungs and chest wall. “I’m doing very well. I led the training this week. The doctors did well,” said Herrlich. The 48-year-old emphasized that “health is above everything”. Now there should be reason to be happy in the top game. The Swabians want to create something unique against Leipzig: A win would bring them to the top of the table for the first time in the tenth league year.
1899 Hoffenheim – Borussia Dortmund
Sebastian Rudy: The 30-year-old returnees is facing his debut in the Hoffenheim dress against Dortmund. In August 2018, Rudy moved to FC Schalke 04 for 16 million euros, where he signed a contract until 2022. In the 2019/20 season he returned to 1899 for the first time on loan after an unsuccessful time in Gelsenkirchen, then went back – and was now loaned out again. No wonder that Hoffenheim’s coach Sebastian Hoeneß stated: “As if he had never been away.”
SC Freiburg – Werder Bremen
Milot Rashica: Actually, Milot Rashica would have liked to play in Mainz this weekend – in the Bayer Leverkusen jersey. But the last-minute change did not turn out to be anything for Werder Bremen’s most sought-after striker. Then Rashica got a little break, had knee problems and should now score again for Werder. “My job as a coach is to clear his head after this unsatisfactory transfer period,” said Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt, who attested that his attacker had a good attitude. How clear is the head really and can Rashica build on his previous achievements? The away game in Freiburg could provide the first clues.
Hertha BSC – VfB Stuttgart
Bruno Labbadia: The Hertha coach is facing an anniversary win. The 100th could be as a coach. Ironically against a former employer. The 54-year-old Hesse will play his 258th Bundesliga game as coach with Hertha BSC against VfB Stuttgart. From December 2010 to August 2013, Labbadia once coached the Swabians, who scored four points after their return to the Bundesliga and thus made the best start in the upper house since the 2011/2012 season – under Labbadia.
FSV Mainz 05 – Bayer Leverkusen
Kevin Stöger: The 27-year-old Austrian was unemployed for three months after relegating Fortuna Düsseldorf, before FSV Mainz 05 unexpectedly signed him. Stöger is to become the new driver and creative ball distributor in the midfield of Rheinhessen. He was committed to the Mainz team until 2022. After the long break, however, he still lacks fitness, so his appearance against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday is rather unlikely.
Arminia Bielefeld – FC Bayern Munich
Fabian Klos: In the 2nd and 3rd league, Fabian Klos scored for Arminia Bielefeld like on an assembly line. Some people think that the Bundesliga could be a size too big for the goalscorer and captain of Arminia, who still played in the regional league at 18 and in the upper league at 21. And in fact, the 32-year-old revealed difficulties getting used to the first three match days, which were not only due to the fact that Arminia is of course not as dominant as in the second division. Saturday against FC Bayern would be a good moment to convince all doubters with a Bundesliga goal.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – VfL Wolfsburg
Jonas Hofmann: The start of the season could hardly have gone better for the Gladbach midfielder. He prepared two goals in Gladbach’s 3-1 win in the derby against Cologne, and last week he made his debut in the national soccer team in a 3: 3 win against Turkey. “It’s cool to be a national player at the age of 28,” said Borussia coach Marco Rose. Now Hofmann is looking forward to Wolfsburg: four months ago in the last home game against Lower Saxony he scored two goals in a 3-0 win.