GERMAN BUNDESLIGA REVIEW AND PREVIEW (MD 2-8)

The German Bundesliga 2022/2023 season has started on a surprising note with Defending Champions Bayern Munich finding it hard to adapt without Robert Lewandowski giving the chance open as we may very well see a new Bundesliga Champion thus breaking the 11 year Dominance from ‘The Bavarians’. We take a dive in into what has been going on thus far in the 18 team league.

  • VFL WOLFSBURG

With one win thus far this season (Matchday 6 win over Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0), Wolfsburg find themselves in a rather precarious situation as the team find themselves deeply rooted to the relegation zone with 5 points from a possible 21 in what has surely been a slow start to the season for them. They resume the League with a home tie to fellow struggling – VFB Sttugart as they plan to revive their somewhat frailing season.

FORM – DLDLLWL

NEXT OPPONENT – VFB STUTTGART

CURRENT POSITION – 17TH

  • FSV MAINZ 05

Mainz 05 find themselves in a good position after the first 7 matches with the team accumulating 11 points and finding themselves just 6 points from the first position. With two losses so far, they know they can push for an European berth with consistent showings in the League this season. They face a very tough League fixture next as they travel to ‘Europa-Park Stadion’ to take on a very in form Freiburg side.

FORM – WDWLWLD

NEXT OPPONENT – SC FREIBURG

CURRENT POSITION – 8TH

  • VFL BOCHUM

Bochum have found return to the Top Flight a disaster for them with the team’s only point coming in Matchday 7’s 1-1 draw with FC Koln. They have failed to pick up a win thus far and have shipped in the most goals in the League after 7 games (19 goals). Their fixture schedule don’t get any better as they face an RB Leipzig side who are bent on improving after a shaky start to the season.

FORM – LLLLLLD

NEXT OPPONENT – RB LEIPZIG

CURRENT POSITION – 18TH

  • TSG HOFFENHEIM 1899

Hoffenheim has seen their League status go in a positive way as the team currently occupies the 4th position after a string of remarkable performances. They find themselves just 4 points from first postion and would hope to continue their fine run of form that has seen them notch up 10 points from their last 5 games on the League Stage. ‘The Blues’ season objectives are to make a return to European football and thus far, they have been on a steady path to achieving that goal.

FORM – LWWWLWD

NEXT OPPONENT – HERTHA BERLIN

CURRENT POSITION – 4TH

  • AUGSBURG FC

Augsburg start to the 2022/2023 Bundesliga season was somewhat disappointing with the team managing just 1 win in their first 5 games but has seen a good turn of fortune with back to back 1-0 wins over Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich the perfect way to begin their season turn around. Next up is a very tricky clash at the Veltins-Arena as Augsburg look to make it 3 League wins in a row.

FORM – LWLLLWW

NEXT OPPONENT – SCHALKE 04

CURRENT POSITION – 11TH

  • SV WERDER BREMEN

Werder Bremen are yet to move in full force on the League Stage thus far as they team has managed just two wins and three draws having lost two games in the process. They play a tricky match at home when they welcome Borussia Mochengladbach as they seek to build on their winless run and get their first League win since Matchday 5 (2-0 win versus VFL Bochum).

FORM – DDWLWLD

NEXT OPPONENT – BORUSSIA MOCHENGLADBACH

CURRENT POSITION – 10TH

  • FC SCHALKE 04

Schalke 04 has found life back in the Bundesliga a tough place to settle in with the team managing just 1 win in their 7 game campaign thus far (Matchday 6 3-1 win over VFL Bochum), they have since then managed 3 draws and 3 losses and find themselves just 1 point above the relegation zone. They face an in form Augsburg team who are fresh off from beating Bayern Munich in what would prove to be a classic duel between the sides.

FORM – LDDLDWL

NEXT OPPONENT – FC AUGSBURG

CURRENT POSITION – 14TH

  • BORUSSIA MOCHENGLADBACH EV

Despite losing just one match and currently occupying the Europa League Automatic Qualification spot, it’s fair to say Borussia Mochengladbach has had a shaky start to the season with the team dropping valuable points in fixtures that should have been a mere formality. Their next challenge is an away clash at Werder Bremen as they seek to reduce the 5 point gap that separates them from the top spot.

FORM – WDWDLDW

NEXT OPPONENT – SV WERDER BREMEN

CURRENT POSITION – 6TH

  • FC KOLN

FC Koln are just one of four teams to lose just 1 match so far in the Bundesliga with the team having a fine record in the competition this season (W2, D4, L1) and have been unbeaten in Europe with a win and a draw so far. They would look to improve on their wonderful exploits last season that saw them qualify for the UEFA Conference League Playoffs. Currently on 10 points, they would look to further improve their season when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the ‘RheinEnergieSTADION’ as Die Geißböcke (The Billy Goats) look to get all three points.

FORM – LWDDWLD

NEXT OPPONENT – BORUSSIA DORTMUND

CURRENT POSITION – 9TH

  • SC FREIBURG

Last season’s surprise package SC Freiburg don’t look like they are taking their foot of the gas with the team unbeaten in their last 5 League games and losing only once in all 7 games (vs Borussia Dortmund 3-1). They have also won all their games in the Europa League thus far as the team continues to dream and hope for a UEFA Champions League berth come next season. They face Mainz 05 next at the ‘Europa-Park Stadion’ as they hope to return to winning ways after two back to back draws in the league.

FORM – WLWWWDD

NEXT OPPONENT – FSV MAINZ 05

CURRENT POSITION – 3RD

  • VFB STUTTGART

Stuttgart would have to be ruing their luck and abundance of missed chances this season, the team are still winless after 7 games and have drawn 5 out of them with the search of a first win of the season entering the eighth Matchday for Die Roten (The Reds). They face a tough clash next when they travel to the Veltins-Arena and Gaffer – Pellegrino Matarazzo knows it’s a good chance to make their efforts count as a win would send them out of relegation worries for at least one Matchday.

FORM – DDLDDDL

NEXT OPPONENT – VFL WOLFSBURG

CURRENT POSITION – 16TH

  • BSC HERTHA BERLIN

Hertha Berlin seem to have shaken off the abysmal performances of the beginning of the season where they managed just 1 point from their first four League games. Fast Forward 3 games later, Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady) are unbeaten in their last 3 League games and look to make it unbeaten in 4 when they welcome TSG Hoffenheim to their home ground as they look to climb further up the table.

FORM – LDLLWDD

NEXT OPPONENT – TSG HOFFENHEIM 1899

CURRENT POSITION – 13TH

  • RB LEIPZIG

RB Leipzig have started this season on a rather disappointing note with the team picking up just two wins in what has been a poor run of form. In Europe, it’s the same old story with the team losing her first two games to Shakhtar Donestk and Real Madrid as qualification hopes dwindle by the each game day. Just before the international break, they had sacked their manager and replaced him with a new one but that has done little to help them out of their predicament this season. They face VFL Bochum next in a match where they must gather all three points before squaring off against Celtic FC in the UCL.

FORM – DDLWLWL

NEXT OPPONENT – VFL BOCHUM

CURRENT POSITION – 12TH

  • BAYER 04 LEVERKUSEN

Bayer Leverkusen are so far the most disappointing team in the German Bundesliga with a dreadful start to the season that has seen them with just one win and four losses to condemn them to 15th position in the League and level on points with 17th placed Wolfsburg in the relegation zone. They play Bayern Munich in the first kick off of Matchday 8 on Friday as the team looks to pull off a shock win over the stuttering Bavarians.

FORM – LLLWLDD

NEXT OPPONENT – BAYERN MUNICH

CURRENT POSITION – 15TH

  • EINTRACHT FRANKFURT

Eintracht Frankfurt survived an early League beginning scare to find their form just in time, after losing their first League match 6-1 to Bayern Munich and losing the Super Cup final 2-0 to Real Madrid, they have seemed to have gotten a hold of themselves with the team losing once in all competitions in their last seven games. They however face a tricky test next when they play current table toppers Union Berlin at the ‘Deutsche Bank Park’ as a win would surely send them into the top four.

FORM – LDDWWLW

NEXT OPPONENT – UNION BERLIN

CURRENT POSITION – 7TH

  • BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund know deep down that this could be their best season to win the German Bundesliga Title with Bayern Munich losing her winning touch since the departure of Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona. They have won 5 of the 7 games this season and maintain a good record in the UEFA Champions League winning 1 and losing 1 to Manchester City. They play away to FC Koln in a match where three points could send them top of the table and of course would put them in a good mood for their next UCL midweek clash with Spanish Giants FC Sevilla.

FORM – WWLWWLW

NEXT OPPONENT – FC KOLN

CURRENT POSITION – 2ND

  • FC UNION BERLIN

Urs Fischer and his boys have surprised all the pundits and football faithful this season with a remarkable performance that has left them as the only unbeaten team on the League this season with 5 wins and 2 draws as they sit pretty on top of the League. They face a very stern challenge next when they travel to take on Eintracht Frankfurt and have to be wary of the quality of their opponents who have maintained a fine form in the last few Matchdays.

FORM – DWWWDWW

NEXT OPPONENT – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT

CURRENT POSITION – 1ST

  • FC BAYERN MUNICH

Julian Nagelsmann and his Bavarian team are caught and mixed up between reality and a dream, the team are struggling to find their feet in the Bundesliga despite an impressive start that saw them win their first 3 matches and scored 15 goals in the process. Since then, they have endured a 4 game winless run filled with draws until Augsburg beat them at the ‘ALIANZ ARENA’ just before the International Break. Their exploits in Europe and the Dfb Pokal has been consistent so it remains to see what exactly went wrong in the league as they find themselves 5 points away from first placed Union Berlin.

FORM – WWWDDDL

NEXT OPPONENT – BAYER 04 LEVERKUSEN

CURRENT POSITION – 5TH

The German Bundesliga would still have lots to play for as it looks increasingly unlikely that Bayern Munich would win their 12th crown this season and with all teams on the rise with this new opportunity, we may be in for one of the most intriguing German Bundesliga seasons of all time.

🖋 – RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ 👽

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