With the Champions League and Europa League taking the week off, the Bundesliga decided that it was time for more midweek matches. Bayern Munich steamrolled Hannover and pushed their lead atop the table over the weekend to nine points over Borussia Dortmund and ten points over Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer Leverkusen. The Bavarians have a visit to Freiburg this week before hosting BVB this weekend.
Tuesday, November 27
Borussia Dortmund vs Fortuna Düsseldorf - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
Borussia Dortmund are preparing for a massive matchup away to Bayern Munich this weekend, and they'll get what will basically amount to a warm up match with Fortuna Düsseldorf coming to town. Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski, and Mario Götze are in terrific form at the moment and will cause havoc amongst the Düsseldorf backline. Expect goals from BVB in this one.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Hannover vs Greuther Fürth - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
What's the best recipe for overcoming a 0-5 beating at the hands of Bayern Munich? A home match against Greuther Fürth is the best recipe. Fürth managed a point over the weekend against Nürnberg, but Hannover do have more quality than Nürnberg. After turning their home stadium into a fortress for last season and the beginning of this season, Hannover have lost two of their last three matches at the AWD Arena. Beating Fürth will put them on the right path to getting back to the "fortress" that it was.
Prediction: Hannover 1 - 0 Greuther Fürth
Hamburg vs Schalke - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
I'm just going to say this now: Hamburg will not win this match. They'll be without Heung-Min Son and Rafael Van der Vaart after the pair picked up injuries over the weekend. I expect Schalke to have their way against this Hamburg side.
Prediction: Hamburg 0 - 3 Schalke
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
This will likely be seen as a risque pick by some people. Frankfurt haven't lost at the Waldstadion this season, and Mainz have only managed five points away from home. Frankfurt should win this, but I've been waiting for them to hit a stumbling block before the winter break. It should happen, right? They're a newly promoted team, and only the leaders have more wins at this point in the season. A win by Mainz could see them jump all the way into 6th place. Thomas Tuchel's side has been playing well defensively are where they are because of his stewardship.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Mainz
Wednesday, November 28
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Wolfsburg - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
There's no doubt that Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg have been two of the more disappointing sides in the Bundesliga this season. Lucien Favre's side has struggled to cope with the loss of three key players and the mildly poor play of Marc Andre ter Stegen. Wolfsburg was just plain awful which led to the firing of Felix Magath earlier this season. Caretaker Lorenz-Günther Köstner has allowed Diego to play free behind Bas Dost, and it has brought a drastic improvement to the Wolfsburg attack.
Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 1 Wolfsburg
Stuttgart vs Augsburg - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
Oh, Stuttgart, how big of a let down have you been this season? While you are just a few points from jumping from 12th place to 7th place, I expected you to be keeping the pace with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Schalke. Little did I know that Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen would be the two sides taking your place. Where to begin with the criticism? Offensively, you've been inept, and shambolic is the only word to describe your defensive performances this season. On the other hand, Augsburg have been worse. They've been bottom-of-the-table worse. Markus Weinzierl's side has managed to take two points out of a possible 18. Sasha Mölders has returned to the side with goals in the club's last three matches, but one man can't save this side.
Prediction: Stuttgart 1 - 0 Augsburg
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
This has the potential to be the best match of the weekend. Thomas Schaaf's side was rebuilt with the additions of Nils Petersen, Eljero Elia, and Kevin De Bruyne up top partnering with Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Hunt in the midfield. One of the big surprises of the season has been Sami Hyypiä's Leverkusen. Stefan Kießling has been pounding in the goals again this season, and they look dangerous going forward all the time. Plus, they're the only side to beat Bayern Munich so far this year in league play. I have high hopes for this match.
Prediction: Werder Bremen 2 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen
Freiburg vs Bayern Munich - 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM ET
Before the big weekend match against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich do have the sterner test of the two with a trip to Freiburg on the docket. Freiburg are unbeaten in four matches including wins over Hannover and a beatdown of Stuttgart. Christian Streich's side has been stingy defensively this season with only Bayern allowing fewer goals. Finding goals has been tough for them so far this season, and it will be tough against Bayern who've only allowed five goals all season. I like Bayern to go through in this one.
Prediction: Freiburg 0 - 2 Bayern Munich
Nürnberg vs Hoffenheim - 20:45 CET / 2:45 PM ET
The 15th and 16th place sides are facing each other, and you expect something other than brilliant football? This match could be quite awful. Maybe the worst thing to happen this season, or they could shock everyone and put on the most entertaining game this season. I want to think Nürnberg has got this one.
Prediction: Nürnberg 2 - 1 Hoffenheim