Bundesliga Preview: Bayern Munich Should Set Yet Another Record
If Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich were to beat Wolfsburg this weekend that will make 16 straight victories in the league which would be a new record. Bayern set plenty of records last year, but are shattering those by capturing the most points in the opening half of the season and thus the most wins in the first half. They also have the record for highest percentage of possible points captured in a calendar year taking 93 of 99 possible points in 2013.
Even though they travel to Volkswagen Stadium, Bayern should have no problem with a reeling Wolfsburg squad.
Wolfsburg returns home after a 6-2 drubbing from Hoffenheim. It was an unacceptable defeat after three straight wins and moving into a top six position. Wolfsburg is averaging over two goals per match played at home, but have not scored in their last five matches against Bayern. Wolfsburg gives up goals at home on average as well, so this could be another shootout that Wolfsburg doesn’t want to be a involved with for the second week in a row.
Mainz vs. Hertha Berlin
Sixth place Mainz hosts Hertha Berlin with the two teams separated by only two points in the standings. Both teams have captured seven points over the last four matches and continue to eye a Europa League spot. Fourth through ninth are separated by only six points heading into the weekend so Mainz has to do everything it can to stay in the top six.
John Brooks will return from USMNT duty, but may not see time for Berlin. Hertha have scored two more away goals than home goals for Mainz so this may have 1-1 draw written all over it.
Monchengladbach vs. Augsburg
This match up features another two teams in the mess between fourth and ninth but they are trending in different directions. Monchengladbach has not won in their last eight matches or in their last four home matches. Augsburg has secured 15 points over their last eight games and have not lost in their last six away matches. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has not resided over a clean sheet since December 15 for Monchengladbach while Augsburg has scored at least once in their last five away matches.
Season history tells a bit of a different story as Gladbach are the second-best team at home on the season while Augsburg is only a mid-table club away from home. However, form does not seem to be fallacy in this match so look for Augsburg to get at least a point on the road this weekend.
Schalke vs. Hoffenheim
The surprise match of the weekend for offense may be Schalke hosting Hoffenheim. Jermaine Jones‘ former team has been getting torched by top European teams meaning the Royal Blues have missed a chance to jump into the top three and were basically ousted from the Champions League. Fabian Johnson returns to Hoffenheim from USMNT duty hoping his club team can find a way not to concede a goal in an away match for the first time this season.
Hoffenheim has also allowed over two goals in 87% of their matches while Schalke can say the same for over 70% of their matches. Schalke needs to break out of their funk and Hoffenheim would love to spoil the Schalke aspirations. A defense-optional game is possible.
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