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Bundesliga Match Day 13: Dortmund On Cruise Control

Matchday 13 is upon us and there are some interesting fixtures to look forward to, here are some selected fixtures starting with Dusseldorf V Mainz on Friday night.

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Hello and welcome to the Bundesliga weekly preview.

Matchday 13 is upon us and there are some interesting fixtures to look forward to, here are some selected fixtures starting with Dusseldorf V Mainz on Friday night.

Dusseldorf V Mainz

It hasn’t been an easy season so far for the home side, they sit 17th on the table with 9 points. They are in a vein of form having lost only once in their last 5 games, a run that includes a come from behind 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich last weekend.

Mainz are comfortably in mid-table at the moment and come into this game off the back of a 1-2 loss to league leaders Dortmund, they had won three games on the bounce before the loss and will be hoping to get another run going.

That might prove difficult as goal scoring has been a real issue for them; they’ve scored only 11 goals in their 12 games this season. It’ll be exciting to see which way the pendulum swings in this one.

Dortmund V Freiburg

League leaders Dortmund head into this home fixture on the back of 3 straight wins in the Bundesliga and are yet to lose so far this season.

They are 4 points clear at the top and have really been on top of their game, Paco Alcacer has been banging in the goals and it’s hard to see him not getting a goal (or 2) against this Freiburg side who haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 5 away league games and last tasted victory at the Signal Iduna Park in 2009.

They’ll probably need to set up the barricades to keep this impressive Dortmund team at bay and it will take a minor miracle for them to come away from this match with something.

Werder Bremen V Bayern Munich

Both Bremen and Bayern head into this fixture on the back of draws in their last games, Bayern the more disappointing as they threw away a 2 goal lead (twice!) against Dusseldorf.

Niko Kovac is definitely feeling the pressure as his side are already 9 points adrift of Dortmund after only 12 games and he knows his side desperately need a win to keep in touch at the top. Bremen have had a mixed season, they haven’t won in their last 3 games and incredibly are 7th, just 2 points behind Bayern.

They’ll have the belief that they can pull off an upset at home but the odds are strongly against them, Bayern beaten Bremen in the last 14 away fixtures and with Lewandowski back amongst the goals, it looks like defeat number 15 is on the cards.

Hoffenheim V Schalke

Free scoring TSG Hoffenheim welcome Schalke to the Rhein-Neckar Arena in a Bundesliga fixture that has seen the away side win just once in their last 14 attempts.

Hoffenheim were eliminated from the Champions League midweek and will now be able to focus on clinching another UCL spot for next season. Their games have been full of goals as 17 of their last 19 competitive games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.

Schalke on the other hand have found goals hard to come by as they’ve found the back of the net only 13 times this season and have failed to score in 3 of their 6 away league games so far. With a growing injury list and problems in front of goal, it’s hard to see Schalke getting one over the home side.

Stuttgart V Augsburg

Basement boys Stuttgart host Augsburg this weekend seeking just their 3rd win of the season. With 8 points from their opening 12 games, it’s the worst start to a league season in over 8 years for the home side.

A porous defence and underperforming attack has clearly been the Achilles heel of ‘Die Roten’, a miserly 8 goals scored and 26 conceded has done nothing to help their cause.

Augsburg have scored in each of their last 6 away matches and will hope to continue the trend on Saturday. They’ve had a fair bit of joy against Stuttgart winning 7 of the last 12 meetings, a win would do them a world of good as it would push them further away from the dreaded ‘drop zone’.

RB Leipzig V Borussia Monchengladbach

Surprise package Monchengladbach take on 4th place Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena.

Leipzig head into the game after a narrow 1-0 loss against Wolfsburg in the league, their first since the opening day of the season.

They have been very strong at home winning 4 of the last 5 scoring 13 goals in the process. Monchengladbach sit in 2nd place, 3 wins on the bounce sees them just 4 points off top spot and they have been in fine form.

Thorgan Hazard has been key to their success so far with 8 goals and 5 assists to his name. History suggests that Leipzig have the edge head to head wise in this fixture as they have won twice in 4 meetings, the other 2 ending in stalemates.

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