This weekend, the Bundesliga returns after a national break. In the 27th matchday we will have a match at the top between the leading Bayern Munich and the second-placed RB Leipzig. However, this is not the only event of the queue. Borussia Dortmund will face Eintracht Frankfurt, and in the end the Berlin derby between Union and Hertha will be played.
FSV Mainz 05 vs Arminia Bielefeld
The teams will start Saturday’s game, weakened by the lack of a few players. The talented Paul Nebel will not appear on the Mainz side due to an injury. However, Arminia’s coach Frank Kramer will not be able to use five players. Outside the game there will be Brunner (injury), Klos (injury), Pieper (yellow cards), Schipplock (injury) and van der Hoorn (injury).
Mainz is 15th in the table before this round and has 24 points on his account. In the previous series of matches, the team from Mainz won against TSG Hoffenheim in away game 1: 2. The team from Bielefeld is joining the 27th round of the Bundesliga after losing at home to RB Leipzig. Arminia is 17th in the table with 22 points.
Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
Before the 27th matchday, Bayer is ranked 6th. However, in the previous round, the team led by Peter Bosz suffered a defeat in the away match against Hertha Berlin 3-0. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Schalke 04, which this season has its weakest season in the history of Bundesliga appearances. The team from Gelsenkirchen suffered a defeat in the previous round with Borussia Moenchengladbach. Schalke had only one victory throughout the season.
Both teams will start the game very weakened. On the Bayer Leverkusen side, S. Arias, J. Baumgartlinger, L. Bender, M. Diaby and T. Fosu-Mensah will be missing. However, the coach of Schalke 04 will not be able to use N. Bentaleb, N. Boujellab, K. Ludewig, H. Mendyl, M. Nastasic, G. Paciencia, S. Sane, S. Skrzybski.
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia, ranked 5th, will take up 4th place in the Eintracht standings. Both teams are fighting directly with each other for participation in next year’s Champions League. The point difference between the two teams is 4. This game is especially important for the host team, because only playing in the best European competitions will allow them to keep their best players in the team. Loud talks about the possible departure of Haaland and J. Sancho in case of not qualifying for the Champions League.
There will be no 12 players from both teams in the game. From the host team: Can, Morey, Sancho, Schmelzer, Moukoko, Witsel and Zagadou. From the visiting team: Ache, Hasebe, Toure, Makanda and Hinteregger.
FC Augsburg vs TSG Hoffenheim
Kevin Akpoguma’s team is going to travel to Augsburg. According to the available information, the Nigerian defender has already finished his convalescence and will be at the disposal of the coach. For Hoffenheim, the return of Akpoguma is so important that most likely Adamyan, Belfodil, Bicakcic, Geiger, Hubner, John, Nordtveit and Stafylidis will not go to Augsburg. The performance of Kramaric, who has problems with his ankle, is also uncertain. Civej, Iago, Jensen and Niederlechner will be missing from the host team.
It will be an opportunity for both teams to break the losing streak. The hosts lost the previous round against SC Freiburg, and the guests from Mainz.
VfL Wolfsburg vs 1. FC Koeln
Arokodare, Dennis and Ehizibue from 16th position in the table (Die Geißböcke lose 1 point to a safe position) go to Wolfsburg, which is 3rd in the league table. Both teams did not lose in the previous round. Wolfsburg won away from Werder Bremen while Koeln drew at home against Borussia Dortmund.
Ehizibue and Arokodare, in particular, who presented themselves fantastically during the national break in the internal match of Koeln, have a chance to play from the first minute.
Ginczek, Mehmedi, Otavio, Steffen and Pongracic will most likely not appear in the host team. In the visiting team: Bornauw, Andersson, Katterbach, Thielmann.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich
The guests from Munich, who are in the lead in the Bundesliga, come to the RB Leipzig stadium, which team is second in the table. This match in Germany is described as decisive for the national championship.
Both the hosts and the guests will play in incomplete teams due to injuries and cards. RB Leipzig will lack, among others, Angelino, Szoboszlai, Laimer, Kampel and Halstenberg. The Bayern team will be missing Boateng, Davies, D. Costa, Tolisso, as well as the team’s best scorer, Robert Lewandowski.
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs SC Freiburg
Two teams that won their matches in the previous round will face in the game. The hosts defeated Schalke 04 and the visitors defeated FC Augsburg.
Bensebaini, Hofmann, Musiel and Villalba will be missing from the host team. Guests, on the other hand, will not be able to use the Hofler and Petersen.
VfB Stuttgart vs Werder Bremen
In the first Sunday game, the teams from the middle of the table will face each other. Both teams lost their previous matches. The hosts fell against Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen lost to VfL Wolfsburg.
The VfB Stuttgart coach will not be able to use Egloffa, Gonzalez, Mangali, Mola and Wamangituka in this game. The guests will arrive in Stuttgart without Gruev, Plogmann, Velijkovic and Sargent.
FC Union Berlin vs Hertha Berlin
Playing for the European cups Union will host the Hertha team fighting to keep in the Bundesliga at their stadium. Union is in the 7th place in the league table and loses two points to Bayer Leverkusen and a place guaranteeing the game in Europe. Hertha, on the other hand, is at the back of the table and has a point ahead of the relegation zone.
Both teams will not enter the field in their strongest squads. The Union team is advised that Giesselmann, Becker, Ujah and Awoniya are missing from the match team. However, the coach of Hertha will not use from Darida, Lowen and Netz in the derby match.