Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich Host Werder Bremen, Mainz Host Leaders Kaiserslautern

09 September 2010

Kaiserslautern keeper Tobias Sippel Celebrates Kaiserslautern's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich. (Credit Image: © Dirk Waidner/Action Press/ZUMApress.com)
The Bundesliga returns on Friday with five teams looking to keep up their perfect start. For Mainz and Kaiserslautern, that will be impossible. Their meeting on Sunday will guarantee that at least one of them will not be on nine points when this weekend is over.

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

Friday 2:30 pm (Live on GolTV): Hoffenheim v Schalke. Hoffenheim have played two totally different games to start the season, while the script for Schalke has been the same. Schalke's defensive woes have been startling to say the least, and I don't expect any different here. In fact, I expect the same scoreline Schalke has seen the previous two match days. Prediction: Hoffenheim 2 Schalke 1.

Saturday 9:30 am
Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg (Live on GolTV): Steve McClaren needed the international break after seeing his side give up two late losses. The second one could have truly undone the season if they had to play last week. Borussia Dortmund is still looking to score their first goal at home. The good news for Dortmund is I expect them to get a goal here. The bad news is I expect it in a losing effort. Prediction: Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 2.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Eintracht Frankfurt: If Gladbach could keep up the scoring pace like they did against Bayer, they would be just fine. Their only problem is they score too many goals in bunches. Eintracht Frankfurt just doesn't have a sound enough defense. This won't be a pretty match by any stretch of the imagination, but I expect the home side to pick up the three points. Prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach 2 Eintracht Frankfurt 0.

Hamburg v Nurnberg: Expect Nurnberg to come out and play for a 0-0 draw, and for Hamburg to tear them to shreds. If there's any game that I don't expect to be close, this is it. Prediction: Hamburg 4 Nurnberg 0.

Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen: Hannover have been a pleasant surprise to start the season, while Bayer Leverkusen are still shaking the cobwebs from last season's collapse. I think this will be the most entertaining match of the weekend. While Hannover's defense has look fine, I think Leverkusen will slice it open and pick up three more away points. Prediction: Hannover 2 Bayer Leverkusen 4.

Freiburg v Stuttgart: Stuttgart have been shockingly bad to open this season; their defense has played like they were kids playing the adults. If there's a chance for Freiburg to pick up three points I don't think they were expecting before the start of the season, this is that chance. I just don't have enough faith in them to do so. Prediction: Freiburg 1 Stuttgart 1.

Saturday 12:30 pm (Live on ESPN3.com): Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen. This game sets up exactly like Bayern Munich's last away loss to a promoted side early in the season. After Bayern Munich lost to Mainz last season, they then came home against Wolfsburg and beat them 3-0. Bremen's problem has been at center back early on, and with Bayern Munich's attack looking for a spark, this could be the perfect tonic. Prediction: Bayern Munich 3 Werder Bremen 1.

Sunday 9:30 am (Live on ESPN3.com): Mainz v Kaiserslautern. I know it's only the third week of the season, but never did I expect this matchup to be between the first place (Kaiserslautern) and third place (Mainz) teams. This will also be a contrast in styles. Mainz knows how to shut up shop at home and pick out the counter attack. Kaiserslautern may play right into Mainz's hand with their attacking. To me, this is the match of the weekend. I also think the dream start continues for Mainz. Prediction: Mainz 2 Kaiserslautern 1.

Sunday 11:30 am (on delay GolTV 5pm): Koln v St. Pauli. With Koln's shambolic defending, and St. Pauli's ability to pick their spots in the attack, I don't expect this to be much of a contest. I don't expect many goals either. Prediction: Koln 0 St. Pauli 1.

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

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