4th matchday of the Bundesliga
Berlin (dpa) – For an unusual top game, the table runner-up FC Augsburg welcomes the leader RB Leipzig on the fourth day of the Bundesliga.
But the coronavirus pandemic does not allow spectators in the stadium. In Bielefeld, too, only a few hundred fans – if at all – will be able to experience the long-awaited top duel (Saturday 6.30 p.m. / Sky) against FC Bayern Munich.
TOP GAME IN AUGSBURG: The top duel is a mood killer – at least from the stands. The fact that Augsburg are not allowed to let fans into the stadium could be an important factor. After all, Leipzig first won the league against the Swabians. Due to the international break, RB is also less prepared for the encounter. Five players alone are only allowed to train again on Friday after their return. At FCA, the focus is on coach Heiko Herrlich’s comeback after his lung disease, including surgery. “I’m supposed to make sure I don’t scream too often,” he said.
STÜRMERDUELL HAALAND / KRAMARIC: In the duel between Hoffenheim and BVB, the goal scorers are the focus. Andrej Kramaric leads the league’s top scorer list with six meetings and particularly likes to play against BVB. He netted seven times in eight Bundesliga games. Haaland recently demonstrated accuracy in the national jersey and scored his first three-pack for Norway against Romania. The rate is impressive: six goals in six international matches and 50 goals in his previous 50 competitive games for his clubs from Dortmund and Salzburg. On average, scores one hit in every game.
VICTORY DUEL IN MAINZ: Mainz have zero points, Leverkusen have so far zero victories. In the direct duel, one of the two series will definitely break. While the Werkself of coach Peter Bosz in Wirtz, Schick and Arias has to complain about a few failures, Jan-Moritz Lichte wants to score for the first time as Mainz coach after a failed debut. “It’s just our turn,” said Lichte. Because of the high number of Corona cases, only 250 spectators are allowed for the game.
RISERS IN BAVARIAN FEVER: East Westphalia have been waiting for a duel with the record champions for more than eleven years, and then only 300 spectators are allowed to go to the Alm Arminia’s managing director Samir Arabi. Coach Uwe Neuhaus is still highly motivated. “The opponent’s name is Bayern Munich, so you could already see the lights in the players’ eyes during preparation,” said the Bielefeld coach.
TRAINER HOME DEBUT: After his unsuccessful premiere as Schalke coach in Leipzig, Manuel Baum is hoping for the turning point on his home debut. The bottom of the table, who had to concede 15 goals in three games, finished the 4th matchday on Sunday (6:00 p.m.) against Union Berlin. The fact that the Royal Blues can only be supported by a maximum of 300 spectators does not make the task any easier. In addition, the bad luck with injuries struck again. Goalkeepers Ralf Fährmann and Suat Serdar are out, Ozan Kabak is suspended. The Danish keeper Frederik Rönnow celebrates his home premiere at Schalke like Baum.
SPECTATORS: With the number of infections rising, only a few games with more than a few hundred spectators will take place. In addition to the complete exclusion of spectators in Augsburg, the city of Mainz tipped the permission for 6800 spectators in the Bundesliga game of the FSV on Saturday against Leverkusen. Only 250 are allowed to come now. Hertha BSC, on the other hand, expects 4,000 spectators against VfB Stuttgart despite the sharp rise in the number of cases in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim can currently plan for the game against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with 6030 visitors.