Bundesliga Preview: The Promoted Sides Go Home Looking for 2 in a Row

26 August 2010

St. Pauli players celebrate going 3-1 up away from home last Saturday (Credit Image: © Imago/ZUMApress.com)
Last week saw dream returns for both Kaiserslautern and St. Pauli as they recorded identical 3-1 victories away from home. Both go home in round two, playing tougher opposition than they did in week one. 

Please note all times are Eastern and TV coverage is subject to change without notice.

Friday 2:30 pm (Live on GolTV): Kaiserslautern v Bayern Munich. From the joys of victory to having to host the Champions on your return home in the Bundesliga. Sure, Kaiserslautern's 3-1 win was a pleasure to watch last week, but it was against a Koln side that was down to 10 men for almost the entire match. Even then, it took them a while to even pick up the lead. Bayern Munich had to work for their 2-1 win against Wolfsburg, but picked up three points nonetheless.
I have a bad feeling about this one. While Kaiserslautern have a sound defense, I think Bayern Munich are a bridge too far for them. While the home fans will be up for this one, I don't think it will go the way the last time Kaiserslautern played Bayern Munich at home in the Bundesliga (a 1-1 draw). Prediction: Kaiserslautern 0 Bayern Munich 2.

Saturday 9:30 am
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburg: Eintracht were not impressive against Hannover, while Hamburg still have problems finishing their chances. Hamburg should have won by more than the 2-1 scoreline against Schalke last Saturday. I don't think this will be all that close. Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Hamburg 3.

Nurnberg v Freiburg: Freiburg look just as bad as they did last season. Nurnberg at least showed some fight in their 1-1 draw in Gladbach. Nurnberg's fight, mixed with how bad Freiburg were last week, means I think there will be a result in one ugly affair. Prediction: Nurnberg 1 Freiburg 0.

Schalke 04 v Hannover 96 (Live on ESPN3.com): The last three Bundesliga meetings between these two have resulted in a home victory. With Schalke dominating this fixture in recent meetings, I think this is an easy one to call. Prediction: Schalke 3 Hannover 1.

Wolfsburg v Mainz: This will probably be a better barometer for Steve McClaren: while he made great tactical adjustments in the second half last week, there still wasn't enough there to pick up a point. Mainz was not great last season on the road. On talent, Wolfsburg should win this, but it won't be an easy three points to pick up. Prediction: Wolfsburg 2 Mainz 1.

Werder Bremen v Koln: These are two teams that need to rebound from awful opening week performances. The two have been tightly contested contests with not alot of scoring, and I expect that to continue here. Both defenses are bad, and I'll be very curious to see how both set up tactically. Prediction: Werder Bremen 1 Koln 0.

Saturday 12:30 pm (on delay Sunday 11:00 am on GolTV): St. Pauli v Hoffenheim. While both teams are very strong in the attack, I think St. Pauli has a better defense. Add the fact St. Pauli's playing at home, and this could make for a one sided affair. Prediction: St. Pauli 4 Hoffenheim 1.

Sunday 9:30 am: Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Monchengladbach. Borussia Monchengladbach knows how to pick up points against Bayer Leverkusen, with a lot of these matches ending in 1-1 draws. However, I think Bayer is going to use the momentum from last week to pick up another three points. Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1 Borussia Monchengladbach 0.

Sunday 11:30 am (Live on ESPN3.com): Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund. Both sides did not look good last week. I don't think either will look much better this week. You maybe best to skip this one. Prediction: Stuttgart 1 Borussia Dortmund 1.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming weekend in the Bundesliga? Let us know in the comments below.

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