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November 19, 2010
 

Browsing the 1.Bundesliga: Matchday 13 Preview

Werkself have their hands full with Bayern this weekend.

Matchday 13 in Bundesliga appears to offer a more important fixture list than last weekend with regard to league position.  Excitement might not be the order of the day, though, as it will be difficult to top the llama-spitting, fire-breathing,  handballing party that was Matchday 12. 

So, in the immortal words of Marvin Gaye, let’s get it on.

Schalke 04 v Werder Bremen

A battle between two sides which were expected to be much higher in the table.  The Royal Blues were gifted a 2-2 draw last weekend courtesy of a non-call on a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar handball, while Werder earned a draw against an Eintracht side in the ascendancy.  Schalke is still in the relegation playoff spot while Bremen is 11th with a -8 GD.  If Schalke 04 lose, the calls for Felix Magath to be sacked will likely grow more boisterous. 

Eintracht Frankfurt v 1899 Hoffenheim

The Balding Greek versus the Icelandic Goldenmort!  Eintracht entertain Germany’s richest village team with league goals leader Theofanis Gekas itching to get back to scoring.  He was shut out by Frings & Co. after scoring several braces in succession.  Hoffenheim counter with dead ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson–who’s looking more deadly from open play as of late.  The winner here could well pocket those 3 points for a European spot at the end of the season.

Borussia M’gladbach v Mainz 05

Can the Bruchweg Boys return to the winning way they began the season or will the Foals get themselves out of relegation with another offensive showing?  M’gladbach pasted FC Koeln 4-0 in the derby last week whereas Mainz failed to score a goal in its 3rd consecutive match.  Neither Lewis Holtby nor Andre Schuerrle played the full 90 in Germany’s friendly with Sweden, so they should be rested.  M’gladbach will have to defend without Brazilian linchpin Dante again, who was injured last week.

SC Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund

Another top-flight contest for BvB–can it keep rolling?  Freiburg are in 4th position, 3 points off a Champions League spot and winning through the steady scoring of Papiss Demba Cisse.  Freiburg are an all or nothing side though–no draws, 5 losses so far–so Dortmund have the opportunity to counter-attack on the Brazilaners’ all-or-nothing style of play.  With the league’s best defense, this could be another dominating 2-0 win for Dortmund, as Freiburg just don’t look like a Top 4 side.

Hannover 96 v Hamburg SV

Horseface van NistelRuud is back for Hamburg but the back line will be shaky without Joris Mathijsen, who was destroyed by the Dutch national team.  Hannover are without suspended captain Steve Cherundolo and Karim Haggui in the heart of defense, so this could either be a goal-fest or it could set football back 5 years.  Hannover has had a way this season of making any match it plays boring, but Armin Veh’s side will be gunning for the 3 points to get Hamburg back into Europa League contention.

1.FC Nuremberg v 1.FC Kaiserslautern

Other than Nuremberg being without the Schweni-spitting Javier Pinola, there’s not much to say in this one.  Two mid-level clubs, 1.FCN has some young guns that the European heavyweights are looking at come January, and Lautern is just outside the relegation zone.  Lautern could either return to its dormant days or it could continue its form from the final 20 minutes of last week’s 3-3 comeback against VfB Stuttgart.

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich

Ah, the match of the weekend!  Leverkusen are in 2nd, still without several key contributors, but have been pushed along the past 2 weeks thanks to returning Renato Augusto.  Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has gone through this campaign relatively yellow card-less, which shows the lad is maturing into form.  Bayern Munich will be without Martin Demichelis–which could be a good thing–but do have Ribery back in the fold to lend weight to a Bayern attack that has been relying heavily on Mario Gomez.  This one will not be a high scoring affair, but it will likely be entertaining to watch the talents for either side at work.  The three points are big for either side, but more so for Bayern, who could move up to 4th position after being as low as 11th a few weeks back.

VfB Stuttgart v 1.FC Koeln

Potential relegation 6-pointer with the Swabians still close to the drop zone while Koeln props up the rest of the league right now.  About the only thing going right for the Billygoats lately is that the players like new manager Frank Schaefer, so they will continue to play for him through all the other off-field affairs.  Stuttgart were gutted last time out–blowing a 3-0 lead and the points to draw with Kaiserslautern last week and interim manager Keller will be looking for a favorable result before he follows Christian Gross to the unemployment line. 

FC St Pauli v Wolfsburg

Will the Bucaneers of the League finally win another match at home?  St Pauli’s been atrocious at the Millerntor Stadion this season, and Wolfsburg pose a mighty problem.  Last week, Wolves looked quite good and attacked early on with Grafite scoring within 20 mintues of the Schalke tie.  If St Pauli are caught off guard in a similar fashion, it could be a long day for Carlos Zambrano and Co in the back.  Dzeko’s starting to warm up and, as transfer rumors swirl, he might have some added incentive to turn on the class–especially if Citeh are buzzing about dropping some major cash on him. 

So, there you have it–a completely lazy posting about this weekend’s Bundesliga action.  If you catch at least one match this weekend, peep either the Dortmund match or the Bayer-Bayern match.  Dortmund has just been quality and really entertaining to watch thus far, whereas the Battle of the Bayer(n)s will have some signficance in Champions League qualification.  Also, there is considerable talent for both sides, so there should be some quality technical football on show at the BayArena.

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