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Five Observations from Matchday 13 in the Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund stay on top of the table after Matchday 13, but other results went Bayern Munich’s way. Toward the bottom of the table... oh my god, Stuttgart won?

DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Mario Goetze of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg at the Signal Iduna Park on December 01, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Mario Goetze of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg at the Signal Iduna Park on December 01, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
(Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund remain unbeaten.

Lucien Favre’s side got goals just before the final whistle in each half to edge Freiburg 2-0. The win keeps Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, seven points clear of second place Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Paco Alcacer continued his stellar form with his 10th goal of the season. He’s currently average a goal every 28 minutes, which is absurd. He has to be in the running for, if not leading, the race for the player of the season so far.

They lead Bayern Munich by nine points.

Sunday was a really good day for Bayern Munich.

Despite remaining nine points behind Borussia Dortmund in the table, the two matches on Sunday were positive results for Bayern. two of the teams ahead of them in the table lost, narrowing their deficit.

RB Leipzig beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0, and Wolfsburg beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.

Those results mean that Bayern slide into fourth place. They’re two points behind Gladbach, one point behind Leipzig, and one point ahead of Frankfurt. Hoffenheim’s draw with Schalke on Saturday also means that Bayern increased their lead on them to a full three points.

It was a solid Sunday.

Stuttgart get one win, bounce from bottom of the table to out of the relegation zone.

Stuttgart has been terrible all season long, and it appears that all they needed to play was another terrible team. Their scarppy 1-0 win over Augsburg wasn’t just good enough to earn them three points. Those three points jumped them from 18th in the table to 15th.

Now, Stuttgart are sitting on 11 points looking down at Nürnberg on 10 points and Hannover 96 and Fortuna Düsseldorf who both only have 9 points. However, next weekend they’ll have to travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach who are going to be looking to bounce back from their loss to RB Leipzig.

It might only be one week of fun, but Stuttgart should celebrate the little things.

Hertha Berlin snap a 6 match winless streak.

Hertha Berlin started the Bundesliga campaign flying high and hanging around the top of the table. Then, the October international break happened.

Since that break, Hertha’s only victory in all competitions came in a 2-0 victory over 2.Bundesliga club Darmstadt in the DFB Pokal. Otherwise, they went six Bundesliga matches in a row without a victory including 0-3 and 1-4 thumpings at the hands of RB Leipzig and Fortuna Düsseldorf.

They’ve stuck with Paul Dardai and, despite that 6 match winless run, Hertha are sitting on 20 points, only 4 points behind Bayern Munich. Of their remaining four matches before the winter break, three of them are against clubs in the bottom third of the table.

Monday games are dumb, and the Bundesliga shouldn’t do them.

Nürnberg and Bayer Leverkusen play Monday evening. It’s silly for the Bundesliga to play Monday night games, and as fan protests over the last few seasons have proven, nobody wants it except for the big-wigs making money.

Stop the Monday night games.

Matchday 13 Results

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