by MACAULAY DALEY
RB Leipzig will look to continue their excellent start to the season when they travel to Freiburg on Friday night in the Bundesliga.
Both sides were promoted from 2. Bundesliga last season, with Freiburg winning the league by five points, but the two sides have started the season in very different ways.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men are unbeaten in all competitions and are three points clear at the top of the table, whilst their hosts sit tenth having won five and lost six of their games so far.
In the reverse fixture last season, Christian Streich’s men won 2-1 at the Schwarzwald-Stadion thanks to goals from Vincenzo Grifo and Florian Niederlechner. Die Bullen’s goal came from captain Dominik Kaiser.
It will be a tough ask for them to repeat that trick this time around, as Freiburg have lost their last two matches, whilst as previously mentioned, Leipzig are looking to go 12 games unbeaten and have won their last seven in the league.
At the other end of table, Hamburg host Werder Bremen in the 151st Nordderby on Saturday afternoon with both sides struggling in the league, sitting 18th and 16th respectively.
Hamburg are yet to taste success in the Bundesliga this season, with their only wins coming in the DFB Pokal, whilst their great rivals sit just four points ahead of them in the table.
Despite being only eleven games into the campaign, both sides have elected to change their manager with Markus Gisdol and Alexander Nouri replacing Bruno Labbadia and Viktor Skrypnyk.
Die Rothosen did the double over their North German neighbours last season, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga scoring a double earlier this year in a 2-1 win. Remarkably there hasn’t been a draw between the two for six years, Claudio Pizarro and Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring in a 1-1 draw.
Despite losing three of the last four, it is Die Werderaner who have the more superior record in the fixture, winning 56 times in 150 matches.
Bayern Munich will look to avoid a third straight defeat in all competitions when they host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening.
After losing their unbeaten league record to Borussia Dortmund last weekend, they came unstuck against FC Rostov in midweek, with the Russians winning their first ever Champions League match 3-2.
The reigning champions haven’t lost three matches in a row since May 2015, when Pep Guardiola was in charge.
They take on Roger Schmidt’s side who are struggling to find any sort of consistency domestically or in Europe.
Bayer sit ninth in the table, with five wins and five defeats from their 11 matches, conceding and scoring 18 times.
In the reverse fixture last season, Bayern ran out 3-0 winners thanks to a double from Thomas Muller and an Arjen Robben penalty.
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Ingolstadt v Vfl Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hoffenheim
Schalke 04 v Darmstadt 98
Hertha Berlin v Mainz 05