Bundesliga Preview: Hoffenheim and Mainz Have To Drop Points Eventually...Right?

17 September 2010

Hoffenheim's players cheer after taking 1-0 lead against Schalke. (Credit Image: © DPA/ZUMApress.com)
I have to be honest, this isn't exactly the best weekend of viewing in the Bundesliga. The only real storyline of note to me is if Hoffenheim and Mainz can keep up their perfect starts.

Friday 2:30 pm (Live on GolTV): Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg. Freiburg has been a nice surprise to start this season, while Eintracht will look to build upon it's 4-0 win at Gladbach last week. I don't see it happening though; Frieburg has a much better defense than Gladbach does, and they have found their attack. My only worry is that Freiburg slowly starts to return to the side I remember them for last season and forget how to score goals. Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Freiburg 0

Saturday 9:30 am
Bayern Munich v Koln (Live on GolTV): Bayern Munich turned it's season around after beating an Italian side in the Champions League last season, and I think they will get back on the right track in the league here. Koln have not impressed, and Bayern Munich have finally gotten over the long absence of Robben to adjust. Prediction: Bayern Munich 2 Koln 0

Kaiserslautern v Hoffenheim: Kaiserslautern returns home after giving up two second half goals in a losing effort at Mainz. Hoffenheim continue to show they are the darlings of the early season. Expect both sides to go all out attack, but for Hoffenheim to keep on winning. Prediction: Kaiserslautern 2 Hoffenheim 3

Stuttgart v Borussia Monchengladbach: In Gladbach's only away trip this season, they scored six goals, while in Stuttgart's only home match this season, they gave up three goals. While Gladbach's defending is poor, Stuttgart's attack is worse. Prediction: Stuttgart 1 Borussia Monchengladbach 3

Wolfsburg v Hannover 96: I hate to say it like this, but it's the only way I know how to kindly: until Steve McClaren wins a game in the Bundesliga, I'm not going to consider Wolfsburg getting a result. It also doesn't help their cause that Hannover has surprised everyone with their start. Prediction: Wolfsburg 0 Hannover 1.

Werder Bremen v Mainz (Live on ESPN3): Mainz has done more attacking then anyone expected so far. That could be because their defending has let them down in every game this season. Having to go on the road, and face a Bremen side that knows how to get forward, I expect plenty of goals in this one. What I think ultimately decides this one is Mainz has done a better job than Bremen at settling into games. Prediction: Werder Bremen 1 Mainz 2.

Sunday 9:30 am (On GolTV at 10:30 am): St. Pauli v Hamburg: Yes, I was wrong about Hamburg; they have done a better job finishing their chances. St. Pauli's return to the Bundesliga has gone from perfect to bad. I think after Sunday, it gets worse. Defend as they might, St. Pauli won't hold out for ninety minutes against a Hamburg side that are steadily scoring. Prediction: St. Pauli 0 Hamburg 3

Sunday 11:30 am
Bayer Leverkusen v Nurnberg: Nurnberg have done a good job getting points on the road so far. However, against this Bayer side, I can't see them getting a goal. This will be ugly football that Bayer eventually finds a goal from. Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1 Nurnberg 0

Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund (Live on ESPN3.com): Schalke could be the worst team in the Bundesliga right now. With Borussia Dortmund's discipline, this won't be close. Prediction: Schalke 0 Borussia Dortmund 2

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


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