After a busy two weeks, including World Cup qualification and UEFA Champions League and Euro League games, the Bundesliga is back at it again as early as tomorrow with Matchday 5. This coming weekend the Bundesliga will also continue with Matchday 6.
FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt are the league leaders, with five points above the rest of the field after winning their first four games.
Eintracht Frankfurt will face its first test against last year's champion, a game that should should indicate if Frankfurt can prevail against the stronger teams in the Bundesliga. While Frankfurt has been strong, Dortmund has shown some weakness in defense and does not seem to have the striking power it had with a Kagawa/Lewandowski combination. With the departure of the Japanese player, Dortmund's offence seems to be weakened. Frankfurt is on home turf for that match and will go for the three points. A draw or a win for Frankfurt is certainly in the books.
Bayern also meets Wolfsburg on Tuesday in the Allianz Arena. Bayern's side this season has depth, where Jupp Heyncke can leave the likes of Ribery, Robben, Martinez or Mandzukic on the bench and still feel relatively assured to edge out a win. Short of a disaster, Munich should win the matchup against Wolfsburg, which presently holds tenth spot with 1 win, 2 draws and one defeat.
Schalke 04 hosts Mainz and the Knappen should be able to easily edge out the Mainz side for the three points. Schalke is still vying for the top spot in the league this season, although they are among the three clubs with five points behind Munich and Frankfurt.
Greuther Fuerth hosts fellow newcomer Fortuna Duesseldorf. The advantage must go to Fuerth on home turf, although Duesseldorf, with a relatively good start in the season has the ability to win.
FC Augsburg is still chasing its first victory of the new season and hosts Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. Odds are that Leverkusen should win this match on paper. FC Augsburg last season has proven that they can provide some surprises on home turf. Will this be the weekend where the jinx is broken?
Glabach hostsand again, on paper, this should be an easy win for Gladbach. Can Hamburg make headway in Gladbach and register its second win?
Stuttgart hosts Hoffenheim. Both teams have had a bad start into the season. Either team has the potential to win, but a draw is most likely in the books.
Hanover is in a must-win situation if they are to maintain contact with the top third of the league. Nuernberg is in a similar position. A loss or draw will move them further away from Munich and Frankfurt. A draw cannot be ruled out.
With Matchday 5 coming so soon after the weekend, some of the stresses of constant competition are surely to show. The Bundesliga continues to perform before sell out crowds and a tv audience around the world in the multi-millions.
Surprises occur weekly and matchday 5 will not be any different. Sit back and enjoy the show: It is likely to thrill the heart.
FC Bayern - VfL Wolfsburg
Schalke 04 - FSV Mainz 05
G. Fürth - Fortuna Düsseldorf
Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund
M'gladbach - Hamburger SV
VfB Stuttgart - 1899 Hoffenheim
Hannover 96 - Nürnberg
SC Freiburg - Werder Bremen
FC Augsburg - Bayer Leverkusen