by MACAULAY DALEY
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to bounce back from defeat when they host Hertha Berlin on Friday, as the Bundesliga makes its return from the international break.
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping for a similar response to their only previous defeat in the league, which set off a five match unbeaten sequence, heralding 22 goals.
They go into the match in third place, one place below their visitors, who have made an excellent start to the season.
Their only loss of the campaign so far came at the Allianz Arena as they were dismantled 3-0 by Bayern Munich.
Pal Dardai’s side have made their best ever start to a league campaign, and that is in no small part due to the form of Vedad Ibisevic. He already has five goals to his name in six games this season; he scored ten in the whole of 2015/16.
He’s also closing on a landmark of 100 goals in the Bundesliga and a hat-trick at Signal Iduna Park would get him to the century of goals that he craves.
Dortmund have the better form going into the game, unbeaten in four matches in all competitions against their opponents.
Bayern Munich are hoping to continue their excellent record against Eintracht Frankfurt when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon.
Frankfurt’s record against the reigning champions is frankly dreadful, they haven’t scored against Bayern since 2011, conceding 22 goals without reply.
But despite the negatives, Die Adler are going about their business quietly in the Bundesliga this season under the guidance of former Croatia boss Nico Kovac.
He saved them from relegation last season and they are currently eighth this campaign, losing twice, with only three teams in the division conceding less goals than them.
It will be a tough ask to keep that stern defensive resilience against a Bayern side averaging two goals a match so far and with Robert Lewandowski in red hot form.
Hamburg will look for their first win of the season against Borussia Monchengladbach, a side that they did the double over last year.
Die Rothosen have the worst defensive record, worst scoring record and worst goal difference in the division, something that new manager Markus Gisdol will be looking to change immediately.
Both sides lost their matches convincingly before the international break, although Gladbach could have one eye on their crucial Champions League match against Celtic in midweek.
Hoffenheim vs SC Freiburg
FC Koln vs Ingolstadt
FC Augsburg vs Schalke 04
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen
Mainz 05 vs Darmstadt 98
Vfl Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig