This will be the penultimate round of games before the pause for the FIFA World Cup
Tuesday kicks off with two former champions facing off at the Volkswagen Arena. Fresh from a resounding 3-0 win in Mainz, VfL Wolfsburg host a Borussia Dortmund side that put VfL Bochum to the sword by the same scoreline on Saturday, with a certain Youssoufa Moukoko lighting up the Black-and-Yellows victory with an historic double.
As the youngest player ever to reach double digits in a Bundesliga career, Moukoko will be keen to help Dortmund extend their winning run to four consecutive games when they visit the Wolves, who are unbeaten in six and have scored 15 goals during that stretch. Niko Kovac’s side will also be eager to end a sequence of seven straight losses against Tuesday’s high- profile visitors.
New league leaders FC Bayern München are posting even more fearsome goalscoring numbers as the defending champions get set to welcome a confident SV Werder Bremen. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting continues to rack up the goals during a scoring sequence that now stands at seven straight games in all competitions, the Cameroon international’s recent brace in Bayern’s win against Hertha Berlin bringing his Bundesliga tally up to five goals for the season.
Jamal Musiala was also on target against the capital club and only one player can match the 19-year-old’s hand in 12 goals this term (eight goals, four assists). That man is Werder’s Niclas Füllkrug (10 goals, two assists). His injury absence in Munich is a huge blow to the high-flying promoted club, who will now turn to Marvin Ducksch to try and give the record champions plenty of headaches under the Allianz Arena lights.
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Christian Streich’s side closed out Sunday with a 2-0 triumph at 1. FC Köln that brought the former a third successive win and a third consecutive shutout. The men from the Black Forest head to the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday to face a Leipzig team who are 11 games unbeaten. Since taking charge of Die Roten Bullen in September, Marco Rose has seen Christopher Nkunku and Co. win more points than any other team in the Bundesliga.
Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, have triumphed in six of their last seven games and, in Randal Kolo Muani, have one of the division’s most exciting attackers. The summer arrival from France has added to the Eagles’ cause with a league-leading seven assists while another recent arrival to Eintracht, World Cup winner Mario Götze, will be inspired to set up a goal for the first time with Hoffenheim in town.
And what of the Bundesliga’s previous leaders and surprise package of this exciting campaign, 1. FC Union Berlin? Urs Fischer’s Irons – who led the standings since Matchday 6 prior to last weekend – will want to put the disappointment of Sunday’s 5-0 defeat at Xabi Alonso’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen behind them when they welcome FC Augsburg, with strikers Jordan and Sheraldo Becker both eying a return to the scoresheet after respective barren spells.
Down at the other end, FC Schalke 04 and Bochum both need a victory at home to FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Mönchengladbach if they’re to have any chance of climbing out of the drop zone before the long winter break. VfB Stuttgart also host Hertha in a real relegation six-pointer, with only goal difference separating the sides just outside the bottom two.