Berlin (AP) - FC Bayern München presents on the third Bundesliga Saturday of the new season. The record champions meet at 15.30 clock on the FSV Mainz 05, before Borussia Dortmund from 18:30 clock at Union Berlin can follow suit. In particular, the focus is on the appearance of the still scoreless FC Schalke 04.
TORJÄGER: On Thursday, Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract in Munich, on Saturday (15.30 clock) meets the Pole with the record champions on one of his favorite opponents: In his past 13 games against FSV Mainz 05 Lewandowski scored 14 goals. Meanwhile, the scorer should get a little more time than last time in the game at Schalke 04 with his new offensive partner Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian should receive more minutes in his home debut.
NRW: Five clubs from North Rhine-Westphalia are required. Vice-champion Dortmund plays in newly promoted Union Berlin (18.30 clock), Champions League participants Bayer Leverkusen against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Schalke play in the home game against Hertha BSC. For the two promoted 1. FC Cologne and SC Paderborn it comes to the first points. Paderborn has to compete after his so far courageous performances at VfL Wolfsburg, Cologne travels to the strongly started SC Freiburg (every 15.30 clock).
GOALS: Schalke is the only goalless Bundesliga team. However, Hertha are still waiting for their first victory. Courage should make the Royal Blues statistics. For one Schalke has played against Hertha so far 31 times to zero. On the other Schalke reach in this millennium so far no other opponent more victories than against the capital club (20).
Fortress: Freiburg was not worth the trip for the people of Cologne in recent years. In their own stadium, the sports club is unbeaten against the Domstädter since 13 competitive matches. The last victory of the ascendant at the Dreisam is 23 years back (3: 1 on 24 August 1996).
ANGSTGEGNER: Against FC Bayern looks the statistics of TSG Hoffenheim with 15 defeats even more disappointing. But also against Leverkusen Kraichgauer conceded already 14 defeats. However, the team of the new coach Alfred Schreuder can draw hope from last season (even under Julian Nagelsmann) before the away game. Hoffenheim won both games 4: 1 in 2018/1919.
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