Bundesliga: hot topics: pursuers, European Cup, basement duel
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Berlin (dpa) - league leaders RB Leipzig has never won at Werder Bremen - and on Saturday? Especially the two pursuers Borussia Dortmund (on Sunday at Eintracht Frankfurt) and Bayern Munich (Saturday against Cologne) lurking for another Leipzig slip-up on the Weser.
Between the two in third place but could also be the SC Freiburg Laughing Fourth. The Breisgauer play Saturday against FC Augsburg.
KÖNIGSKLASSE: The Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig - three of the four German Champions League starters have their first games under convincingly denied and want to take the momentum into the league. Bayer Leverkusen is under pressure after the 1: 2 against Lokomotiv Moscow. Against Union Berlin on Saturday (15.30 clock / Sky) reparation should be operated in front of their own fans. With clubs from the premier class, the Eiserne have previously had mixed experiences. Against Leipzig Union was lost with 0: 4, against the BVB won the promoted sensational 3-1.
CELLAR DUEL: Four games, one point, bottom of the table. Berlin's new coach Ante Covic is already under pressure after the false start in the league. In the basement duel with the penultimate SC Paderborn on Saturday (15.30 / Sky) in the Olympic Stadium Hertha should gradually get the curve, otherwise it should be uncomfortable for Covic. "We now need countables to take the next step together," the coach said. Points would help to get "much more confidence".
LUXUS: Schalke coach David Wagner is currently to be envied. Except for new signing Benito Raman, who is healing his ankle injury, he has for the home game against Mainz 05 on Friday (20.30 / DAZN) all players available. The 47-year-old enjoys the free choice. "There is nothing better for a coach than having the agony of choice. We have a competition that is fought on a high level and in a conducive atmosphere. "The Royal Blues could even temporarily climb the table in the third victory in a row, if they would be at least three goals difference.
INJURY: The staff worries at Werder Bremen grow almost daily. Seven potential regular players fall out in the longer term. In Yuya Osako, they got the best offensive player this week with three goals. Werder has to renounce the Japanese six weeks after a "simple turn" in practice, coach Florian Kohfeldt said. Against league leaders Leipzig on Saturday (18.30 clock / Sky) missing the Bremen coach in the suspended Nuri Sahin thus nine important players. It is not without reason that Werder has "turned everything upside down" to find answers to the misery. So far without result.
KRONPRINZEN: Behind Bayern star Robert Lewandowski, Wout Weghorst from VfL Wolfsburg and Ishak Belfodil are the most successful goalscats in the calendar year. On Monday (20.30 clock / DAZN) could both face each other in direct duel on the court. Weghorst met already 14 times in 2019, Belfodil twice less. Lewandowski comes so far this year to 19 league goals.