Union Berlin – TSG Hoffenheim (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
These clubs have not given up, the record in the Bundesliga is balanced (2-2-2), also in Berlin (1-1-1). So far, this duel has guaranteed two goals, including always those of the TSG, who have been waiting for a victory against Union for four games. (DATA: Bundesliga results)
The Berliners are unbeaten at home (13 games!), TSG have lost the last three games before the break and have been waiting for a win for five – two lowest under coach Andre Breitenreiter. If Union won, the club played the best first half of the Bundesliga season, just one point short of the 2020/21 record (28 points).
Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke 04 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
Eintracht celebrated their most wins at home (27) against Schalke, the guests who last won at the Waldstadion 13 years ago (4-1 on March 6, 2010). Bad omens for the beaten bottom to avoid an embarrassing Bundesliga record. Like only Karlsruher SC before (between 1975 and 1981), Schalke have been waiting for a Bundesliga victory for 35 away games. (DATA: Bundesliga results)
Now a new “top grade” is imminent. With a victory, Eintracht could go back to 30 points in the first round for the first time in ten years. Coach Oliver Glasner is on the bench for her for the 50th time in the league, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is about to play his 250th Bundesliga game.
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VfL Wolfsburg – SC Freiburg (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
The Fribourgeois want to keep their chance of winning the autumn championship (if Bayern have not already won on Friday) and rely on the record of Christian Streich in the duels with Niko Kovac – he is undefeated there (2-4 -0). Wolves only have a marginally positive record at home against SC (7-5-6), but fans have always seen goals at Wolfsburg. (DATA: The Bundesliga table)
Last year, SC won both duels, losing just one of the last eight. If VfL win this time, it would be Freiburg’s 200th away defeat in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg have won the last four games before the break, the last five in a row dating back to November 2014. Both teams are yet to be sent off.
VfL Bochum v Hertha BSC (Saturday, 3.30pm)
In the basement duel, VfL historically have the upper hand (17-11-16), but in the recent past it was the other way around: Bochum have won just one of the last 15 games (1- 0 on August 23, 2009).
Nevertheless, the record in Bochum, where there was yet to be a 0-0 draw, is overwhelmingly positive for the hosts (15-3-4). At home, VfL have scored against the Berliners in all 22 games. VfL have also won their last three home games in 2022, a longer run was in May 1997. Hertha have lost five of their last seven away games. While Bochum have one of the fewest draws (1), no club have more than Hertha (5).
VfB Stuttgart – Mainz 05 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
VfB are unbeaten in four games against FSV. Mainz started their Bundesliga era at Stuttgart in 2004 with a 4-2 defeat, since then they have won there three times – always in the second half of the season and twice in January! In Stuttgart, VfB always scored in this duel and there were five clean sheets. The Swabians are particularly keen on it right now, as they want to end their embarrassing record streak of 29 home games by conceding at least one goal.
Mainz have a balanced away record this season (4-0-4) and have shared no points at foreign stadiums since April 3. New VfB coach Bruno Labbadia is unbeaten against Mainz in five games, while colleague Bo Svensson is still winless against VfB (0-1-2).
1. FC Cologne – Werder Bremen (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.)
The first Bundesliga champions maintain a balanced record (35-26-35), which says a lot about FC Cologne (28-14-6). Werder have not won there for ten games and 17 years (12.11.2005), Miro Klose scored twice to bring the score to 4-1. 1. FC has scored the most goals in the Bundesliga against Werder (159).
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The duel has recently featured a high density of draws, with seven out of eleven games going unwinned – last year it was twice 1-1. If this happens again, Cologne will host their 200th home draw in the Bundesliga. New Cologne striker Davie Selke only scored in his first appearance, in 2016 for RB Leipzig against former club Werder, followed by six wins and 0-0 for him. Cologne is five games without a win, there have never been more under Steffen Baumgart. Newly promoted Werder have lost four of their last six games but have a positive away record (3-2-2).
Borussia Dortmund – FC Augsburg (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.)
Little speaks of a success of Augsburg’s currently winless seven games. More recently they have suffered four defeats at Dortmund, the only victory being eight years ago (1-0 in February 2015). FCA did not concede more goals against an elite club (54). It all looks like Augsburg’s 100th away defeat in the Bundesliga, especially as BVB haven’t started the new year with a defeat in 18 years.
There has been no 0-0 draw in this duel for 20 games, in Dortmund (7-3-1) the goals have always been scored. BVB captain Marco Reus will play his 350th Bundesliga game on Sunday. He ran 18 times against Augsburg (11-4-3) and scored in all three games. BVB haven’t played 0-0 in the longest time (108x), Augsburg (32x) are already third in this category.
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Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayer Leverkusen (Sunday, 5:30 p.m.)
Borussia have lost their last five games against Bayer, three of them at home. Leverkusen also won both January games there (2000/0:1 and last year/1:2). 15 times in a row there was no draw in this duel, before that a lot. In Gladbach (12-18-10) they dominate the record. Bayer scored their most goals in the Bundesliga against Borussia (152). Along with Leipzig, Borussia have the most home wins (6) and have won eight of their last ten home games.
Bayer are in the table as they haven’t been since 2005/06 (12th) but have recently celebrated three wins. Even with a draw there would be something to celebrate, that would be number 400 since entering the Bundesliga in 1979.
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