Friday, 1 November 2013

Bundesliga Matchday 11 Preview - The battle for dominance continues

As matchday 11 gets underway on Friday with Dortmund hosting VFB Stuttgart, it is clear that when all nine matches have been played, Dortmund, Bayern and Leverkusen will still be the top three clubs.  The only thing that can change is the placing among them.  The battle for Bundesliga dominance continues.

With ten matchdays out of the way, FC Bayern Muenchen, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are leading the rest of the Bundesliga by nine points.  Bayern presently leads the league with one point more than Dortmund and Leverkusen. 

The next set of clubs, from fourth placed Gladbach at 16 points to 11th spot Mainz 05 are only separated by three points. Nuernberg, Freiburg and Braunschweig bring up the rear. 

In the Friday evening match Borussia Dortmund hosts VFB Stuttgart.  Stuttgart, after slow start, with three wins, four draws and three losses has moved into eighth spot.  Dortmund, at home, should have no difficulty picking up the three points and temporary lead of the league, at least for 24 hours.

FC Bayern plays in Hoffenheim and on paper is the clear favourite, but Bayern has had problems in Sinsheim before. Leverkusen hosts newcomer Eintracht Braunschweig and should win this match.  The likelihood of a shift among the top three is doubtful, but not impossible.

On Saturday Nuernberg hosts Freiburg, with both clubs needing a win to permit an eventual move out of the relegation zone.  For Freiburg, which qualified for the Euro League this year, it is becoming critical and a win is a must. A Nuernberg win, could move the Club out of the relegation zone.  Hamburg hosts Gladbach and the Borussen will want to close the gap to the top three, while Hamburg needs a home pitch victory.

Berlin hosts Schalke 04, with only two points separating the two clubs.  For the Royal Blues a win is critical to maintain contact to t he top three.  Berlin has done very well since returning to the Bundesliga, which is  exemplified by its fifth place standing.  Hertha will be difficult to defeat at home.

In the late match on Saturday Frankfurt hosts Wolfsburg.  This should be an interesting match, with either side having the ability to capture the three points.  On Sunday Augsburg hosts Mainz and Hanover travels to Bremen.

As the battle for dominance continues, there will be lots of drama on this matchday.  The rest of the pack is also gaining separation from the relegation spots.  With almost one third of the season in the books a pattern is starting to emerge.  

Friday 1 November 

 Borussia Dortmund vs VfB Stuttgart    6-1

Saturday 2 November

1. FC Nürnberg vs SC Freiburg        
1899 Hoffenheim vs Bayern München        
Hamburger SV vs Bor. Mönchengladbach        
Eintr. Braunschweig vs Bayer Leverkusen        
Hertha BSC vs Schalke 04        
Eintracht Frankfurt vs VfL Wolfsburg  

Sunday 3 November
FC Augsburg vs FSV Mainz 05        
Werder Bremen vs Hannover 96   


1--------Borussia Dortmund----------11----9----1-----1------32:9-------28
2--------FC Bayern Muenchen-------10----8----2-----0------22-6-------26
3--------Bayer Leverkusen------------10----8----1-----1-----22:10------25
4--------Borussia M'gladbach--------10----5----1-----4-----23:15-------16
5------- Hertha BSC Berlin-----------10----4----3-----3-----17:12-------15
6--------VFL Wolfsburg---------------10----5----0-----5-----14:12-------15
7--------FC Schalke 04----------------10----3----2-----5-----17:23-------14
8-------1899 Hoffenheim--------------10----3----4-----3-----25:23-------13
9-------VFB Stuttgart------------------11----3----4-----4-----21:20-------13
10-------Hannover 96------------------10----4----1-----4-----12:16-------13
11------Mainz 05-----------------------10----4----1-----5-----15:21--------13
13------Werder Bremen----------------10----3----3-----4------9:15--------12
14-------Eintracht Frankfurt-----------10----2----4-----4-----13:18--------10
15----- FCAugsburg--------------------10----3----1-----6----11:19---------10
16------1. FC Nürnberg----------------10----0----7-----3-----10:18----------7
17------SC Freiburg--------------------10----0----5-----5-------9:21----------5
18------Eintracht Braunschweig-------9-----1----1-----7------7:22----------4

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