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Bundesliga Matchday Preview

A lot of action lies ahead for the Bundesliga, starting today with Köln vs Borussia Dortmund. Hoffenheim vs Bremen on Saturday morning and Leipzig vs Eintracht on Sunday are clashes worth checking out.

An overview of Bundesliga Matchday 2 for the 2019-2020 season.
Matchday 2 of the Bundesliga at a glance. The fun kicks off today as Borussia Dortmund take on FC Köln.
Bundesliga / Bundesliga International

The fun starts today as Borussia Dortmund travel to Cologne. We have you covered for Bayern Munich’s own clash with Schalke in Gelsenkirchen tomorrow evening/afternoon, but check out what’s happening around the rest of the league courtesy of the Bundesliga.

Friday (2:30pm EST)

FC Köln vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund could hardly have made a better start against FC Augsburg last week, hitting five goals in their season opener for the very first time. Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and new boy Julian Brandt all got on the scoresheet in a sensational 5-1 win, while promoted 1. FC Köln will be understandably nervous about hosting the black-and-yellow tornado on Friday, having already lost 2-1 to VfL Wolfsburg on their return to the top flight.

Saturday (9:30am EST)

TSG Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen

Hoffenheim and Bremen will be out to recover from their opening-day losses as they face off at the PreZero Arena on Saturday afternoon. They were the two highest-placed sides to miss out on European football last term, finishing eighth and ninth.

Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen

Fortuna Düsseldorf were the surprise package of Matchday 1, claiming a 3-1 away win at SV Werder Bremen with help from debutant American keeper Zack Steffen, who made a remarkable 10 saves. Friedhelm Funkel’s side is likely to have their work cut out for them again on Saturday at home to Bayer Leverkusen, who battled to a 3-2 win over SC Paderborn 07 with goals from Leon Bailey, Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland.

Mainz 05 vs Mönchengladbach

Former roommates Sandro Schwarz and Marco Rose will pit their wits against each other as Mainz welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach claimed just one point from a scoreless draw against Schalke last weekend, while Mainz was crushed by Freiburg 3-0.

FC Augsburg vs Union Berlin

Augsburg and Union Berlin are licking their wounds after heavy losses to Dortmund and Leipzig respectively as they go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon.

SC Paderborn vs SC Freiburg

SC Freiburg find themselves flying high in third after a remarkable late show against 1. FSV Mainz 05, with three goals in the last 10 minutes. They will be hoping for more success against Paderborn, who put in a spirited showing against Leverkusen in their first Bundesliga outing since 2015.

Sunday

RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt (9:30am EST)

RB Leipzig made a perfect start to life under Julian Nagelsmann by thrashing promoted 1. FC Union Berlin 4-0, with on-fire Austria attacker Marcel Sabitzer providing a goal and three assists. Eintracht Frankfurt should provide a sterner challenge after edging TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last time out, although the Eagles are in UEFA Europa League playoff action in Strasbourg on Thursday night, which could make for some heavy legs come Sunday afternoon.

Hertha Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg (12pm EST)

Hertha will try to build on their positive result at Bayern as they entertain Wolfsburg on Sunday, with Dodi Lukebakio out to add to his debut goal at the Allianz Arena. Wout Weghorst also got off the mark as the Wolves overpowered 1. FC Köln, and the battle between the Belgian and the Dutchman should be a fascinating subplot in the capital.

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