BUNDESLIGA MATCHDAY 8 PREVIEW: Fixtures, analysis, stats and more

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The Bundesliga enters Matchday 8 this weekend, as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich hope to return to winning ways in the league after winning their UEFA Champions League games in midweek.

Bayern Munich host Borussia M’Gladbach in the big game of Matchday 8, with the Bavarians looking for their first win in three games, after draws against Cologne (1-1) and Eintracht Frankfurt (2-2).

The Bavarians have flattered to deceive against M’gladbach in recent seasons, failing to win any of their last four meetings, but they enter the game goal-hungry after their 4-1 demolition of PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Andre Schubert’s M’Gladbach will want to continue being a thorn in the flesh to the champions, having won 3-1 at home and drawing 1-1 at the Allianz Arena last season.

Bayern Munich have 17 points from 7 games, two points clear at the top of the table.

For Borussia Dortmund, they have an easy game against Ingolstadt, who are yet to win in the league this season.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will be confident of adding three points to their tally, having roared back to form against Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, two of the in-form teams in the league faceoff at the Olympiastadion, when Cologne play against Hertha Berlin, with the current lethal poachers in the Bundesliga, Anthony Modeste (Cologne) and Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin) hoping to find the net.

Hertha Berlin are now more effective and consistent under the tutelage of Pal Dardai as seven players have started all of their games, while Cologne will hope to improve on their season’s tally of 15 points.

Meanwhile, Bremen, who are starting to turn the corner after a slow start to the season face Leipzig for the first time competitively, while Schalke 04 are in search of a win against Mainz 05 at the Veltins Arena.

Finally, VFL Wolfsburg play Darmstadt and Bayer Leverkusen host Hoffenheim

 

KEY STATS

Bundesliga newcomers Leipzig continue to stun as they are currently unbeaten after 7 games, sitting third in the table, meanwhile Kaiserslautern are so far the only promoted side to win the title in 1997/98 season.

Hertha Berlin are having their best start to the Bundesliga season in 46 years, with 14 points after 8 games.

Mario Gomez has scored against 15 of the 18 current Bundesliga teams, with only Leipzig, Ingolstadt and Darmstadt evading him.

Anthony Modeste (Cologne) is the league’s top scorer with seven goals

FIXTURES

Friday

Hamburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt (7:30pm)

Saturday

Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim (2:30pm)

Darmstadt vs Wolfsburg (2:30pm)

Freiburg vs Augsburg (2:30pm)

Hertha Berlin vs FC Cologne (2:30pm)

Ingolstadt vs Borrussia Dortmund (2:30pm)

Bayern Munich vs Borussia vs M’gladbach (5:30pm)

Sunday

Rasen Leipzig vs Werder Bremen (2:30pm)

Schalke 04 vs Mainz 05 (4:30pm)

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