Bundesliga: Leipzig go 12 games unbeaten and remain top of the table with convincing win

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RB Leipzig won their seventh consecutive match and stayed three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-1 thrashing of Freiburg on Friday night.

They got off to the perfect start at the Schwarzwald-Stadion thanks to Naby Keita’s wonder strike after just 90 seconds.

Picking up Marcel Sabitzer’s pass, he eased past a defender before firing in from 25 yards out, but their lead lasted just 14 minutes.

A ball tossed in from the right-hand side was headed home by Florian Niederlechner, but the league leaders were back in front after a goalkeeping catastrophe.

Alexander Schwolow came to collect a hopeful ball into the area, but was beaten to it by Timo Werner who nipped past him and slotted into an empty net.

Werner scored his second after 35 minutes, he collected Emil Forsberg’s inch perfect through ball before curling the ball first-time past the Freiburg ‘keeper into the far corner.

Forsberg and Sabitzer combined for Die Bullen’s fourth of the game after 79 minutes, with the latter firing the ball home, despite Schwolow getting both hands to the Austrian’s effort.

Hamburg are still looking for their first win of the season after Werder Bremen came from behind twice to secure a point in the Nordderby.

Die Rothosen were ahead within three minutes, Lewis Holtby’s cross was headed home by Michael Gregoritsch.

Bremen’s first equaliser was worth the wait. Fin Bartels took a touch from Clement Fritz’ pass, flicked the ball away from Douglas Santos before smashing a first-time effort in at the near post.

But the home side were back in front just before the half-hour mark, thanks to some wonderful play from Nicolai Müller.

He played a one-two with Holtby, skipped past two challenges before squaring the ball for Gregoritsch to tap home into an empty net.

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Muller restores Hamburg’s lead v Werder Bremen. (Image Credit: rp-online.de)

Alexander Nouri’s men got back into the game again on the stroke of half-time, through Serge Gnabry’s terrific solo goal.

He picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, ran past a feeble challenge before rolling the ball into the far corner of the Hamburg goal.

The point does neither side any good as they look to have consigned themselves for another season battling relegation.

Vedad Ibisevic became the 50th player in Bundesliga history to score 100 goals as his double helped Hertha Berlin record a 2-1 win over Mainz on Sunday.

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Ibisevic is the sixth highest foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history. (Image Credit: theworldgame.sbs.com.au)

Die Alte Dame went behind after 24 minutes when Aaron Seydel, starting a match for the very first time, fired home from close range following good work from Levin Oztunali.

On 36 minutes they levelled thanks to Ibisevic’s first of the game. Salomon Kalou played the ball into the Bosnian’s feet and he turned and slotted home.

Mainz went down to ten-men in 62nd minute when Jean-Philippe Gbamin was shown a second yellow and they were made to pay just five minutes later.

Ten years after opening his account for Alemmenia Aachen, Ibisevic moved into triple figures for his career, bundling the ball home following Kalou’s knockdown.

Despite the momentous occasion, his evening was soured when, with just over 15 minutes left to play, he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Pablo De Blasis.

Other Results:

FC Koln 0-0 FC Augsburg

Ingolstadt 1-1 Vfl Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 TSG Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Schalke 04 3-1 Darmstadt 98

LEAGUE TABLE:

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Bundesliga Preview: RB Leipzig look to go six clear before opponents play.

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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.

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Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has failed to find the net in the league this season. (Image Credit: goal.com)

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.

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A historic night for Rostov against a stunned Bayern. (Image Credit: newsday.com)

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.

Other fixtures

FC Koln v FC Augsburg

Ingolstadt v Vfl Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Monchengladbach v Hoffenheim

Schalke 04 v Darmstadt 98

Hertha Berlin v Mainz 05

Bundesliga: Late winner continues record start to season for RB Leipzig.

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RB Leipzig’s fairy tale season continued as they claimed the outright lead in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Their win, coupled with Bayern Munich losing 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund, saw them move three points clear at the top of the table.

However, Die Bullen got off to the worst possible start at the BayArena, with Kevin Kampl scoring the quickest goal of the season to see them go one down.

They were level after just five minutes, Emil Forsberg’s corner was diverted into his own net by Julian Baumgartner.

Julian Brandt put Bayer ahead just before half-time, before Hakan Çalhanoğlu saw his penalty saved by Peter Gulasci.

Forsberg then drew Leipzig level for a second time, running half the pitch unchallenged before firing in a rocket from 25 yards that Berndt Leno could only palm into the net.

The Swedish international was involved in the third goal for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men, crossing for Willi Orban to head home the winner and send them to the summit.

The win also saw Leipzig break the record for the longest period unbeaten by a promoted team in Bundesliga history.

The East German side also have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to thank as his goal separated Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the 113th Der Klassiker.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the only goal of the game. (Image Credit: goal.com)

With Bayern defending one of just three unbeaten records left in the league, the Gabon striker scored early and Thomas Tuchel’s side became the first team to beat the champions in the league since Mainz back in March.

With just 11 minutes gone, he turned in former Bayern player Mario Gotze’s cross to complete their first home win over Carlo Ancelotti’s men in four years.

Their fine win meant that they are now unbeaten in their last 27 home matches and moved them to third, just three points off their visitors.

They are above Koln only on goal difference after Marcel Risse’s goal of the season contender saw them gain the bragging rights in the Rhine Derby following a 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The home side took the lead at Borussia-Park on 32 minutes, captain Lars Stindl powerfully driving home Ibrahima Traore’s cross from the right-hand side.

Die Geißbӧcke got themselves back in the game after 59 minutes through top goal scorer Anthony Modeste. Following Jonas Hector’s cross in to the box, the Frenchman leapt above Jannik Vestergaard to score his 12th of the season.

With the game heading for a draw, Cologne born Risse struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 35 yards out to leave Gladbach boss Andre Schubert on the brink of the sack.

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Koln continue their impressive campaign with victory in the Rhein derby. (Image Credit: t-online.de)

Ingolstadt recorded their first win of the season with a 1-0 win at Darmstadt in Maik Walpugis’ first match in charge.

Mortiz Harmann’s 68th minute winner saw Die Schanzer move to within two points of Werder Bremen in 16th place, and two points clear of basement club Hamburg.

Other Results

Vfl Wolfsburg 0-1 Schalke 04

FC Augsburg 0-0 Hertha Berlin

Mainz 05 4-2 SC Freiburg

TSG Hoffenheim 2-2 Hamburger SV

Werder Bremen 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

League Table

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Bundesliga Preview: Der Klassiker the main event on derby weekend in Germany.

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Borussia Dortmund will look to close the gap on rivals Bayern Munich when the two sides meet at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday night.

The perennial top dogs in Germany face off with fifth placed Dortmund going into the match already six points off the league leaders.

Coupled with that, they also have a dreadful recent record against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Their last win over Bayern in the Bundesliga came two seasons ago in a 3-0 away win, but their last home success was over four and a half years ago courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski goal, who now plies his trade at the Allianz Arena.

Their recent record isn’t anything to be desired either, just one win in their last five league matches has left them well off the pace.

Three players will be reunited with former teams this weekend. Mats Hummels, who joined Bayern from Dortmund in the summer will face his previous employers as well as Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze, who moved the other way.

The rivals have already met once this season in the German Super Cup back in August, with Bayern running out 2-0 winners.

That’s not the only derby to look forward to this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Borussia Monchengladbach host Koln in the Rhine Derby.

Andre Schubert goes into the match under huge pressure, with Die Fohlen failing to win a league match in almost two months.

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Andre Schubert could be next to face the sack if his team doesn’t pick up a win soon. (Image Credit: bundesliga.com)

Since their 2-0 win over Ingolstadt on the 24th September, they haven’t scored a single goal in the league, but conceded nine.

They will find themselves up against the leading marksman in the league, Anthony Modeste. The Frenchman already has 11 goals this campaign and scored the winning goal a year ago.

That win for Peter Stoger’s side was their first win against their great rivals in seven years and remarkably, Die Geißbӧcke have won just four times since the turn of the century.

If ever there was a game that could define a manager’s tenure, this is certainly it for Schubert.

In Friday night’s match at the Red Bull Arena, RB Leipzig could make Bundesliga history if they avoid defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side can become the first ever side to go 11 matches unbeaten in their opening top flight campaign.

MSV Duisburg went ten games unbeaten in 1993 following promotion, but they had played at the highest level before.

Die Bullen could also be the first team to win six games in a row this season, and if they gain a point, they will remain top of the table for at least 18 hours.

Maik Walpurgis was announced as the new Ingolstadt manager during the international break and his first task is to take his side to Darmstadt.

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Maik Walpurgis is the new man at Ingolstadt. (Image Credit: espnfc.com)

Walpurgis, who’s previous job was at Vfl Osnabrück, has taken over Die Schanzer 17th in the table and already five points off safety.

Other Fixtures

Vfl Wolfsburg v Schalke 04

FC Augsburg v Hertha Berlin

Mainz 05 v SC Frieburg

TSG Hoffenheim v Hamburger SV

Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt

Bundesliga: Aubameyang back with a bang as Borussia Dortmund triumph in seven goal thriller.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored four goals on his return to the starting line-up as Borussia Dortmund thrashed bottom club Hamburg 5-2 at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was dropped for the Champions League game in midweek for a disciplinary issue, but he scored  within just four minutes with a tap in.

He got his second after 23 minutes, capitalising on Johan Djourou’s awful back pass, Emre Mor played the ball across goal for the Gabon striker to roll it into the empty net.

The hat-trick was completed in the 27th minute, his left footed shot squirming through Rene Adler’s dive, who should have done a lot better.

He saved his best goal for last, after some more poor defending by the home team he fired the ball into Adler’s right hand corner shortly after half-time.

Nicolai Muller scored twice for Die Rothosen in the second half, his goals sandwiched between one from substitute Ousmane Dembele.

RB Leipzig are joint top of the Bundesliga following their 3-1 win against Mainz at the Red Bull Arena. Their win, coupled with Bayern Munich’s draw with Hoffenheim saw all three teams remain unbeaten and still occupying the top three positions.

Die Bullen took the lead after just three minutes, Timo Werner finishing off a superb team move, before he created the second after 21 minutes.

His strong run and cross from the right found Emil Forsberg who brushed off a weak challenge and rolled the ball into the net.

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Timo Werner. (image credit: bundesliga.com)

It was roles reversed in the 44th minute, albeit with some help from the Mainz defence. Leon Balogun missed the ball completely, allowing Forsberg to set up Werner for a tap in and his fifth goal of the season.

Stefan Bell pulled one back in the second half, but manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is still yet to lose since joining from Ingolstadt in the summer, although his replacement at the Audi Sportpark was given his marching orders on Sunday.

Following a 2-0 loss to Augsburg, Markus Kauczinski and the club went their separate ways, with Die Schanzer 17th in the league.

It took 85 minutes for the opening goal, Raul Bobadilla scoring a free-kick from just outside the area. Tobias Levels was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident, before Halil Altintop put the final nail in Kauczinski’s coffin, smashing home Bobadilla’s cross.

Whilst one manager departed, another was officially announced this weekend. Following Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win at Freiburg, Valerien Ismael was appointed manager on a full time basis.

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Valerien Ismael has been handed the Wolfsburg job on a full-time basis. (Image Credit: newsx.com)

The Frenchman has been in charge since Dieter Hecking’s sacking in October and has finally landed the job after two wins from his six matches in charge.

Other Results

Hertha Berlin 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern Munich 1-1 Hoffenheim

Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Darmstadt 98

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 FC Koln

Schalke 04 3-1 Werder Bremen

League Table

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Bundesliga Preview: Hertha Berlin hope to end barren run against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Hertha Berlin will be looking to improve their awful run of form against Borussia Monchengladbach when the two sides meet in the capital on Friday night.

Die Alte Dame haven’t beaten Andre Schubert’s side since 2013, with Adrian Ramos, now at Borussia Dortmund, getting the only goal in a 1-0 win.

The last meeting between the two sides will be one that Hertha  fans will want to forget; a 5-0 demolition job by Die Fohlen at Borussia-Park in April.

That result helped Gladbach qualify for the Champions League, whilst Hertha finished seventh. Things are slightly different this season heading into game ten.

The hosts find themselves in fifth, whilst their visitors have started indifferently with three wins, draws and defeats so far and are in eleventh place.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will hope to find himself back in the Borussia Dortmund starting line-up when they travel to Hamburg on Saturday.

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Aubameyang was in the stands for Dortmund’s Champions League tie in midweek. (Image Credit: thesun.co.uk)

The Gabon international was dropped by Thomas Tuchel for Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Sporting CP in the Champions League for an unauthorised trip to Milan earlier in the week.

The 27-year-old has a decent goalscoring record against Die Rothosen, finding the net three times in six appearances, but the same can’t be said of the team.

Since a 5-1 victory at the Volksparkstadion in 2012, Die Borussen have won just twice against their hosts, with the most recent success a 3-0 win at Signal Iduna Park in April.

They will be confident of gaining a result this time around, with Markus Gisdol’s men bottom of the league and their only goal scorer this campaign, Bobby Wood, suspended.

Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim will both put their unbeaten records on the line when they face off at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men have defied all the odds so far this season and find themselves in third place before kick-off, just four points off of their hosts.

Bayern are going about their business very comfortably and will be expecting to continue their excellent run against Die Kraichgauer, in 16 meetings between the two teams there have been 13 Bayern wins and three draws.

Werder Bremen are the league’s great entertainers and they travel to Schalke on Sunday knowing a win will see them leapfrog their guests.

Bremen’s matches this season have seen 35 goals in just nine matches, four more than any other team. (Mainz, 31)

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Nothing but goals, goals, goals in Bremen. (image credit: sportskeeda.com)

Despite a bright start to his managerial career at Weserstadion, Alexander Nouri’s side have lost their last two matches in the league and have begun to drop closer to the relegation spots in recent weeks.

Schalke’s form is the polar opposite of that and they are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions and have the upper hand when it comes to matches between the two.

Die Kӧnigsblauen have lost just two matches this decade to their visitors, in January of this year and May 2010.

Other Fixtures:

Bayer Leverkusen vs Darmstadt 98

Ingolstadt vs FC Augsburg

SC Freiburg vs Vfl Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Koln

RB Leipzig vs Mainz 05

Bundesliga: Lewandowski back amongst the goals as top three remain unbeaten.

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Robert Lewandowski scored his first league goals since the 17th September as Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-1 win at Augsburg.

It was the second time that the Bavarian clubs had played out this score line in three days, following Bayern’s DFB Pokal win in midweek.

Lewandowski got his first of the game in the 19th minute from six yards out after a good run and pass from Arjen Robben.

The two switched roles for the second goal just two minutes later, the Pole’s pass found Robben in acres of space and he finished smartly from close range.

Lewandowski got his seventh of the season just after half-time and again Robben was the architect. The Dutchman picked up a loose pass and played in his team-mate, who rounded Marvin Hitz and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Augsburg did pull back a consolation through Koo Ja-cheol, but Dirk Schuster’s side slip down to 13th, whilst Bayern stay top.

Marcel Sabizter came off the bench to score a double as RB Leipzig stayed second with a comfortable 2-0 win at Darmstadt.

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Marcel Sabitzer continued RB Leipzig’s amazing campaign. (Image Credit: Bundesliga.com)

Die Bullen were unlucky not to take the lead in the first half, as Yussuf Poulsen wrongly had a goal ruled out for offside.

Sabitzer had only been on the pitch for six minutes when he opened the scoring in the 57th minute, converting Timo Werner’s cross.

The Austrian was at it again with nine minutes left, this time finishing fellow substitute Oliver Burke’s low ball in.

Leipzig’s start to the season is now officially the best ever start to a Bundesliga campaign by a newcomer.

Hoffenheim also remain unbeaten and in third place following their 1-0 win over fellow high flyers Hertha Berlin.

The only goal of the game came through Nicklas Sule’s bullet header in the 31st minute, his first goal of the season.

Anthony Modeste became the first player to reach double figures in the Bundesliga goalscoring charts this campaign, as he helped Koln to a 3-0 win over hapless Hamburg.

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Anthony Modeste is on fire for Koln. (Image Credit: bild.de)

The Frenchman even had time to miss a penalty, hitting the post after Yuya Osako was brought down towards the end of the first half.

The task at hand got harder for Hamburg in the 58th minute with Bobby Wood shown a straight red card for elbowing Dominique Heintz in the stomach.

Three minutes later and Modeste had his first of the game, getting the faintest of touches on Simon Zoller’s cross.

In the 81st minute he moved into double figures for the season, heading home Marcel Risse’s cross at the near post.

With four minutes left on the clock he got his eleventh goal in just nine matches. Latching onto Risse’s ball over the top, he fired the ball through Rene Adler’s legs and gave himself an enormous chance of being named in the French national squad for the first time.

Other Fixtures

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Mainz 05 2-0 Ingolstadt

Werder Bremen 1-3 SC Freiburg

Vfl Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Schalke

League Table

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Bundesliga Preview: Can Monchengladbach get their league form back on track against Frankfurt?

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Borussia Monchengladbach will look to continue their unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night.

Andre Schubert’s side have only lost once at Borussia-Park in all competitions so far this season, and that was to Barcelona in the Champions League.

However, Die Fohlen are yet to win a league match in over a month, with their last victory coming against Ingolstadt on the 24th September.

Gladbach come into this game in tenth place, with their visitors three places above following their comfortable 3-0 win over Hamburg last weekend.

Another win for Nico Kovac’s side this weekend could see them rise to third before the rest of the league play their matches over the course of the weekend.

This fixture will also see Frankfurt’s Branimir Hrgota return to his former club, although since scoring on his debut in the German Cup, the Swede has yet to find the net since.

Signal Iduna Park will play host to the 149th Ruhr Derby as Borussia Dortmund take on fierce rivals Schalke 04 on Saturday evening.

Dortmund have the edge in terms of victories over their neighbours, with 32 wins compared to 30 for Die Kӧnigsblauen.

Thomas Tuchel’s men are on a three game unbeaten sequence in the derby, with Schalke’s last win coming in 2014, and their last win at Signal Iduna Park back in 2012.

Following a dreadful start to the season where they lost five league games in a row, Markus Weinzierl’s side have found some form and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

Front and centre of their revival is Tottenham Hotspur loanee Nabil Bentaleb, who has three goals in his last two Bundesliga matches. This included the first brace of his professional career against Mainz last weekend.

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Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga. (Image Credit: vavel.com)

Dortmund meanwhile have hit a slight slump in recent weeks and are without a win in their last three league games, and have won just once in their last seven fixtures.

Another local derby taking place this weekend is in Bavaria as Augsburg face Bayern Munich for the second time in three days.

The two sides met in the DFB Pokal in midweek, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men running out 3-1 winners.

It increased Bayern’s terrific record against their local rivals to 11 wins in 13 competitive fixtures between the two.

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Julian Green. (Image Credit: presstv.ir)

Dirk Schuster should be concerned with is the lack of goals coming from his side; they’ve scored just seven this season (only Wolfsburg and Hamburg have scored less).

On Sunday, fourth hosts third as Hoffenheim take on Hertha Berlin at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Two of the seasons surprise packages; they’ll be looking to extend their excellent starts to the season and keep up with the pack chasing Bayern.

Hoffenheim are one of just three unbeaten sides left in the league, while Hertha sit just a point ahead of them in the table having won a game more than their hosts.

Julian Nagelsmann will be confident of leapfrogging his opponents as Die Alte Dame have won just once against Hoffenheim in the past six meetings.

Other Fixtures:

Vfl Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen

Werder Bremen v Freiburg

Darmstadt v RB Leipzig

Mainz 05 v Ingolstadt

FC Koln v Hamburger SV

Bundesliga: Leipzig continue to defy the odds.

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RB Leipzig’s fantastic maiden season in the Bundesliga continued, as they went second with a convincing 3-1 win over Werder Bremen.

They are still unbeaten in all competitions this season, with Ralph Hasenhüttl yet to lose a match since joining from Ingolstadt in the summer.

The scoring started for Die Bullen just before half-time, with the returning Naby Keita scoring a terrific solo goal.

He beat two challenges, including the despairing dive of the Bremen goalkeeper, before slotting the ball into an empty net.

The Guinean international doubled the lead with 15 minutes of the game left, nodding in Davie Selke’s pinpoint cross from close range.

Bremen pulled themselves back into the game with Serge Gnabry sliding in at the back post, before Selke wrapped up the points four minutes into added time, stroking it into an empty net from 20 yards.

Despite Ingolstadt twice blowing a two goal lead, they moved off of the bottom of the table after a 3-3 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Almog Cohen opened the scoring for Die Schanzer in the sixth minute, volleying Markus Suttner’s free-kick home from close range.

From exactly the same position, Ingolstadt doubled their lead in the 24th minute. Another Suttner set piece, this time headed home superbly by Dario Lezcano.

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Dario Lezcano celebrates his goal. (Image Credit: goal.com)

Dortmund pulled one back in the 59th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Lezcano scored straight from the restart to restore the two goal advantage.

Moritz Hartmann hit the post for Ingolstadt and he was made to pay for that miss. Adrian Ramos scored in the 69th minute, before Christian Pulisic bundled home a rebound in the 91st minute.

Kevin Volland was sent off against his former club as Bayer Leverkusen were thrashed 3-0 by Hoffenheim at the BayArena.

His cynical foul on Kerem Demirbay in the sixth minute set the tone for the rest of the match for Bayer, and Demirbay made them pay nine minutes later with a terrific finish into the top corner.

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Kerem Demirbay was in the thick of the action against Bayer Leverkusen. (Image Credit: milliyet.com.tr)

Sandro Wagner continued his fine form in the Bundesliga, with his third goal in as many games with an emphatic finish, before Steven Zuber wrapped up the points by rolling the ball into an empty net after Bernd Leno’s save. That result means Hoffenheim are still unbeaten this campaign.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Koln, as they fell to defeat in Berlin.

Vedad Ibisevic’s 98th Bundesliga goal opened the scoring for Die Alte Dame in the 12th minute, with Mitchell Weiser’s cross being finished first time by the Bosnian.

That was Ibisevic’s sixth goal this season, but he’s still two behind Anthony Modeste who scored again at the Olympiastadion to level the game in the 65th minute.

But Pal Dardai’s team won the game in the 74th minute, with Niklas Stark rising unchallenged to end Die Geißbӧcke’s 13 game unbeaten run.

Other results

Hamburger SV 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

SC Freiburg 2-1 FC Augsburg

Darmstadt 3-1 Vfl Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Schalke 04 3-0 Mainz 05

League Table

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Bundesliga Preview: Hamburg still looking for first win ahead of Frankfurt showdown.

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Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to continue their excellent recent record against Hamburg when the two sides meet on Friday night.

Following promotion back to the Bundesliga back in 2012, Die Adler are unbeaten in eight games against their hosts and will feel confident about extending that run.

That’s because Hamburg are yet to win in the league this season and have already replaced their manager as they look to improve results.

Last time out against Borussia Monchengladbach they gained a valuable point that took them off the foot of the table and this week they face the side that held Bayern Munich with ten men.

They will also be up against Marco Fabian, who has three goals in five matches this season, two more than Markus Gisdol’s team have managed all season.

Two of the Bundesliga’s surprise packages face off at the Olympistadion as Hertha Berlin host Koln.

Koln are unbeaten in the league this season and sit just two points off of the summit, with Hertha a point further back in fourth place.

Both teams have strikers that have been hitting top form this season, Koln’s Anthony Modeste is the outright top goal scorer with seven goals in as many games, whilst Hertha’s Vedad Ibisevic has five goals to his name.

Peter Stoger’s side will have to end a barren run if they are to make it 13 matches without tasting defeat, they have only beaten Die Alte Dame three times in the past ten years, with the capital club doing the double last season.

Eight games into the season and Hoffenheim are still unbeaten going into their match with Bayer Leverkusen.

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Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann. (Image Credit: fourfourtwo.com)

Three wins and four draws have propelled them up to sixth place and they are one of only three teams that have double figures in both goals scored and conceded.

After the same amount of games, Leverkusen sit in tenth place after an inconsistent start to the season.

They suffered a shock defeat to Werder Bremen last time out and followed that up with a goalless draw at home to Tottenham in the Champions League.

However, Die Kraichgauer’s record against Leverkusen is absolutely dreadful; they’ve only won once in their entire history against their hosts and that was back in 2014.

Reigning champions Bayern Munich will be looking to recover from their recent slip up in form when Borussia Monchengladbach travel to the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening.

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Andre Hahn found the net in the corresponding fixture last season. (Image Credit: theguardian.com)

Der FCB twice let the lead slip against Frankfurt last weekend and two weekends prior to that, let the lead slip at home to Koln.

Andre Schubert’s side will be full of confidence after dispatching of Celtic in the Champions League in midweek and their recent record against Bayern is very impressive.

They are four matches without a defeat against Carlo Ancelotti’s men and recorded a draw in the reverse fixture last season.

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