• Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Bundesliga round 3 previews

    Hoffenheim v Schalke
    Dortmund v Wolfsburg
    Hamburg v Nurnberg
    Monchengladbach v Eintracht
    Freiburg v Stuttgart
    Hannover v Leverkusen
    Bayern v Bremen
    Mainz v Kaiserslautern
    Cologne v St Pauli

    In terms of championship placings, the top game this week sees Mainz take on Kaiserslautern. Both are two-for-two and Lautern are coming off the back of beating Bayern. Mainz were, if anything, even more impressive in overturning a 3-0 deficit to beat Wolfsburg. It's hard to think that either will be right up there come seasons end, but for now, at least one of them can enjoy being in the spotlight. Hoffenheim head the standings and they might well be up there after 34 games. They've started really brightly and take on point-less Schalke who will have new boy Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on debut. He bagged five goals for the Netherlands in the last week, so arrives in form. Good job, because the rest of the Schalke squad look anything but. Hamburg and Hannover are the other two that have won their first two matches. Hamburg take on Nurnberg and should surely make it three in a row while Hannover have a much tougher task against Leverkusen.

    Dortmund v Wolfsburg would normally be one to savour and may yet turn out that way. Both managers would probably accept a scruffy 1-0 though, especially Steve McClaren whose Wolfsburg side have been hopeless defensively. At least Diego Benaglio looked back to something like form in the international break, but Simon Kjaer hasn't hit the ground running. No Diego either for Die Wolfe this week. Wither Misimovic?

    As well as Schalke and Wolfsburg, there are three other sides without a single point yet. Cologne are at home to St Pauli, Eintracht are away to Gladbach and Stuttgart - rock bottom - are in Freiburg. The final game sees Bayern take on Bremen. That should be a cracker.

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