It's always a good weekend when the Bundesliga has games on the field. This weekend, Borussia Dortmund are at home while Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are on the road. The "Big 3" are separate themselves from the rest of the league, and if certain results go their way this weekend, the three could find themselves twelve points out of reach.
Friday, November 1
Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart
BVB welcome Stuttgart to the Westfalenstadion before their return-leg Champions League match with Arsenal midweek. Emotions will be running high after last week's Revierderby victory over Schalke, and they should find a fairly easy victory over Stuttgart in this one.
Time & Location: 20:30 Local / 2:30 PM Eastern; Signa Iduna Park, Dortmund
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Stuttgart
Saturday, November 2
Nürnberg vs. Freiburg
Nürnberg and Freiburg have been awful this season. I'd advise that you watch any of the other games kicking off at this time over this one. I'm taking Freiburg to pick up their first win in this one.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; Grundig Stadion, Nürnberg
Prediction: Nürnberg 1 - 2 Freiburg
Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern travel to Hoffenheim this weekend and should walk away from the Rhein-Neckar Arena with all three points to maintain their position at the top of the Bundesliga table. Pep Guardiola has the team playing some fantastic football, and the midweek break after last weekend's 3-2 victory over Hertha Berlin comes at a great time. Hoffenheim have been playing well in recent weeks. They've only lost one of their last four, and that was against Bayer Leverkusen and Stefan Kießling's "phantom tor". They'll battle hard, but Bayern are the better team.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim
Prediction: Hoffenheim 0 - 3 Bayern Munich
Hamburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach are my pick now to slide into the fourth Champions League place in the Bundesliga. Lucien Favre has his side playing well this season, and they're in fourth and nine points behind Bayer Leverkusen. The attacking front of Max Kruse, Raffael, and Juan Arango are playing brilliantly. For Hamburg, they are unbeaten since the hiring of Bert van Marwijk, but they have yet to face a side as good as Gladbach. It's going to be a tough match for them.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; Imtech Arena, Hamburg
Prediction: Hamburg 1 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen are going to win this game. Why? Leverkusen is good, and Braunschweig is not.It's pretty simple.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; Eintracht Stadion, Braunschweig
Prediction: Eintracht Braunschweig 0 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin vs. Schalke
I'm going out on a limb here by picking Schalke, but for some strange reason, I think that they'll pull this one out. Since Jos Luhukay took over Hertha Berlin last season, he's only earned them promotion from the 2.Bundesliga and taken them into fourth place in the Bundesliga. This has the potential to be the match of the weekend.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; Olympiastadion, Berlin
Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1 - 2 Schalke
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg
Dieter Hecking has Wolfsburg playing very well lately. While Frankfurt has been playing well in Europe, they've been struggling a bit in league play. Look for Die Wölfe to pull this one out.
Time & Location: 18:30 Local / 12:30 PM Eastern; Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - 2 Wolfsburg
Sunday, November 3
Augsburg vs. Mainz
Mainz finally got back to winning in the league last week, but it was only against Eintracht Braunschweig. I like the talent at Thomas Tuchel's disposal, and the team should start to move back up the table now.
Time & Location: 15:30 Local / 9:30 AM Eastern; SGL arena, Augsburg
Prediction: Augsburg 1 - 2 Mainz
Werder Bremen vs. Hannover
Both Werder and Hannover suffered big losses last weekend, but Hannover will be without two players due to red cards. Hannover aren't as good without Mame Biram Diouf up top. Hannover struggle on the road, so it'll be interesting to see if Mirko Slomka can get his side to put up a strong fight on the road.
Time & Location: 17:30 Local / 11:30 AM Eastern; Weserstadion, Bremen
Prediction: Werder Bremen 2 - 0 Hannover