Bundesliga Preview: Mainz Travel to Munich With History On Their Mind

23 September 2010

Mainz continue to top the Bundesliga, but for how long? (Credit Image: © Imago/ZUMApress.com)
After a full slate of fixtures midweek, the Bundesliga returns this weekend with the table slowly starting to sort itself out. However, it's still a little unfamiliar at the top. With teams starting to get into the groove of season play, one wonders how much longer teams like Mainz and Borussia Dortmund will occupy top of the table positions.

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Friday 2:45 pm: Koln v Hoffenheim (Live on GolTV). Hoffenheim have started their slide after another bright start to the season, while Koln are just looking for a spark to get their season back on track. If Koln can get forward and help Podolski in the attack, something they have not been all that successful at doing so far, they have a chance. In the end, I think Hoffenheim will get back on track. Prediction: Koln 1 Hoffenheim 2.

Saturday 9:30 am
Bayern Munich v Mainz (Live on GolTV)
: The record for most consecutive wins to start a season in the Bundesliga is seven (Bayern Munich in 1995 and Kaiserslautern in 2001), something that isn’t lost on the Mainz manager heading into the Allianz Arena. I won’t lie, if this match was being held after Bayern Munich’s uninspired performance last Saturday, I’d give Mainz a legitimate shot at picking up all three points. However, after Bayern Munich’s victory midweek, I think Mainz’s perfect start ends here. Don’t give me wrong, Mainz will force FC Bayern to work for it, but they will pull it out in the end. Prediction: Bayern Munich 2 Mainz 1.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Nurnberg: This is going to be ugly, uninspired, and devoid of goals. I don’t say this often, but you may want to even avoid the highlights of this one. Frankfurt have already shipped 4 goals in their two home losses, but Nurnberg are more than content to play for the draw. That won’t change here. Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Nurnberg 0.

Schalke 04 v Borussia Monchengladbach
: Schalke got it’s first win midweek at Freiburg. With the way Borussia Monchengladbach are shipping goals right now, I think it’s safe to say Schalke make it two in a row. Prediction: Schalke 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 1.

St. Pauli v Borussia Dortmund: I wish St Pauli supporters could finally have a winning home performance, but it won’t be against on song Borussia Dortmund. They will crack St. Pauli’s defense early in this one, and pick them apart on the counter once they do so. Prediction: St. Pauli 0 Borussia Dortmund 3.

Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen: I hate to be so cruel to Stuttgart, but I have to be: until you can prove you can prevent a side not named Borussia Monchengladbach from scoring goals, don’t expect me to pick you to win. While I don’t think Bayer Leverkusen will have an easy day out, they will walk out with three points. Prediction: Stuttgart 0 Bayer Leverkusen 2.

Saturday 12:30 pm: Werder Bremen v Hamburg (Live on ESPN3.com). The only defense that’s shipped more goals in the first five rounds of the Bundesliga then Werder Bremen is Gladbach. While Bremen’s defense isn’t that bad, it isn’t that much better. The only thing that will save Bremen further embarrassment is the fact Hamburg likes to keep things close to the vest. Prediction: Werder Bremen 0 Hamburg 1.

Sunday 9:30 am: Wolfsburg v Freiburg. Steve McClaren has finally ironed out the wrinkles to the system he is playing with at Wolfsburg. That will help them continue to move up the table, along with Freiburg’s continued slide downward. Prediction: Wolfsburg 3 Freiburg 1.

Sunday 11:30 am: Kaiserslautern v Hannover (Live on ESPN3.com). This could possibly be the most open game of the weekend. Both sides love to attack, and both sides have shipped their share of goals in the process. However, Kaiserslautern still have too many weaknesses in their defending that Hannover should be able to exploit. Prediction: Kaiserslautern 2 Hannover 3.

How do you think this weekend in the Bundesliga will go? Let us know in the comments below.

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