Another intriguing weekend of Bundesliga action is nearly upon us, and the demands of midweek outings in Europe for several teams could add to the mix on Matchday 3.
Tricky tests for UCL winners
Both FC Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund enjoyed thumping wins in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, but they may not have it so easy when they return to domestic matters in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Bayern host FC Ingolstadt 04 in a Bavarian derby that lands during Munich’s Oktoberfest, and the in-form champions, yet to concede a goal in any competition, are sure to make life difficult for Die Schanzer. Dortmund will hope their 6-0 win over Legia Warsaw will have put their 1-0 defeat by RB Leipzig firmly behind them, but SV Darmstadt 98 will be confident following their 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, courtesy of Sandro Sirigu’s late winner.
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There could be an intriguing clash between international teammates Marco Fabian and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez when Eintracht Frankfurt host Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Mexican midfielder Fabian could be in line to make his first appearance for Eintracht this season, while Chicharito will be looking to get off the mark for the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign. Fabian says the Leverkusen striker is “like a brother" to him, although the pair have yet to face each other in Germany, with Fabian sitting out Leverkusen’s 3-0 win over the Eagles in April.
Watch: bundesliga.com sat down Fabian and Chicharito for a Skype call last season. The results were amusing.
Can Hertha maintain their flying start?
Hertha Berlin’s two wins-out-of-two put them into second place in the table after Matchday 2, and they are sure to be in a confident mood when they host FC Schalke 04 on Sunday. The Royal Blues are without a point in the Bundesliga, but their gritty 1-0 win over Nice in the Europa League thanks to Abdul Rahman Baba’s 75th-minute winner will have lifted spirits ahead of their trip to the Olympiastadion.
Gladbach up against the clock?
A 24-hour delay to their Champions League clash with Manchester City was an unexpected issue for Borussia Monchengladbach’s preparations for the visit of SV Werder Bremen. Torrential rain in Manchester shaved a day off the Foals’ gap between fixtures, but a start at 18:30 CEST (17:30 GMT) on Saturday may still help Andre Schubert’s troops recover from their midweek exertions. Both sides lost on Matchday 2, and Bremen will hope recent arrival Serge Gnabry can help earn their first points of the current campaign.
Leipzig out to prove good start is no fluke
RB Leipzig have made a fine start to their first season in the Bundesliga, and the promoted outfit will be looking to continue that against Hamburger SV on Saturday. Naby Keita’s dramatic late winner against Borussia Dortmund gave the newly-promoted side their first top-flight win, and now they will be looking for a first win away from the Red Bull Arena. Hamburg have just one point so far and will be looking to striker Bobby Wood to threaten Leipzig, while left-back Douglas Santos could make his debut for HSV.