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Goal.com previews all the action in store this weekend in the German top flight, with the highlight expected to be Bayern Munich's trip to fourth-placed Hoffenheim



Bundesliga: Round 8
Preview

Table/Fixtures

Friday SEPTEMBER 16
KO
Saturday SEPTEMBER 17
KO
 Kaiserslautern - Stuttgart
2030
Dortmund - Augsburg
1530


Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich
1530


Freiburg - Monchengladbach
1530
    Nurnberg - Mainz
1530
    Bayer Leverkusen - Wolfsburg
1530
    Hertha Berlin - Koln
1830
    Sunday SEPTEMBER 18
 KO

  Hannover - Werder Bremen
1530
              all kick-off in CET
Hamburg - Schalke
1730

Kaiserslautern
vs Stuttgart

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

  Fiorentina
Trapp
Dick, Amedick, Rodnei, Jessen
Kirch, Petsos
Fortuonis, Kouemaha, Tiffert
Shechter


 

   Juventus
Ulreich
Boulahrouz, Tasci, Maza, Molinaro
Kvist, Kuzmanovic
Harnik, Gentner, Okazaki
Cacau


TEAM NEWS
  • Dorge Kouemaha is tipped to start in attack, but Richard Sukuta-Pasu has a chance of making the starting XI.
  • Kaiserslautern came from behind twice against VfB last season, winning and drawing one match each.
  • FCK have won just one game this season, but only have lost one of their last five home matches.
 
  • A question mark lies over whether Christian Gentner or Tamas Hajnal (thigh injury) will be selected in the No. 10 role.
  • VfB have beaten 'FCK 36 times, making 'Lautern their third-most common victims.
  • Stuttgart have lost three of their last four games on Friday nights.

Dortmund
vs Augsburg
                                                                 Catania
The promoted side will look for their first Bundesliga win as they visit the struggling champions on Saturday.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich
Brescia                                                                 Catania
The in-form Bavarians head to Sinsheim as they look to extend their winning streak - and run of clean sheets - to 11 consecutive games.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here.

Freiburg vs Monchengladbach

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Roma
Baumann
Mujdza, Barth, Flum, Bastians
Makiadi, Schuster
Caligiuri, Putsila, Jendrisek
Cisse


 

Roma
Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Stranzl, Dante, Daems
Marx, Neustadter
Reus, De Camargo, Arango
Hanke


TEAM NEWS
  • Freiburg have lost six of their last eight games played at home.
  • The Breisgau have only lost once at home in their last 10 matches against Gladbach.
  • SCF have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 matches.
 
  • Gladbach have lost just one of their last 11 Bundesliga games.
  • The Foals have not conceded in the Bundesliga for 296 minutes.
  • Borussia have won three of their last five away games.

Nurnberg
vs Mainz
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 Roma
Stephan
Chandler, Wollscheid, Klose, Pinola
Cohen, Simons
Mak, Feulner, Esswein
Pekhart

 

Roma
Muller
Pospech, Bungert, Noveski, Fathi
Polanski, Soto
Risse, Choupo-Moting, Stieber
Allagui

TEAM NEWS
  • Christian Eigler has been forced to withdraw from the FCN squad due to a ligament tear.
  • Nurnberg have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga home games.
  • In each of the last six league games between Nurnberg and Mainz, the home side has kept a clean sheet.
 
  • Mainz are winless in five games, their longest such streak since 2010.
  • 1. FSV have kept just one clean sheet this season in all competitions.
  • The "Oh Fives" have won one of their last 12 games against Nurnberg in all competitions.

Bayer Leverkusen
vs Wolfsburg

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 Roma
Leno
Castro, Reinartz, Toprak, Kadlec
Bender, Rolfes
Sam, Renato Augusto
Kiessling, Derdiyok

 

Roma
Benaglio
Hasebe, Madlung, Russ, Schafer
Trasch, Josue
Ochs, Mandzukic, Dejagah
Lakic


TEAM NEWS
  • Andre Schurrle returns to the bench due to a suspension for a red card.
  • Michael Ballack may re-claim a starting role in place of the captain Rolfes.
  • Leverkusen have never lost to Wolfsburg in the 1. Bundesliga.
 
  • Wolfsburg have lost their last three Bundesliga away games.
  • The Wolves have conceded twice or more to Leverkusen in eight of their last nine encounters.
  • In 28 meetings, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen have averaged 3.18 goals per game between them.

Hertha Berlin
vs Koln

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 Catania
Kraft
Janker, Hubnik, Mijatovic, Kobiashvili
Ottl, Niemeyer
Ebert, Raffael, Ben-Hatira
Lasogga

 

  Bari
Rensing
Andrezinho, Sereno, McKenna, Eichner
Jajalo, Riether
Chihi, Podolski, Peszko
Novakovic


TEAM NEWS
  • Christian Lell and Adrian Ramos are suspended following their red cards last week.
  • Hertha have won just one of their last 19 games in the 1. Bundesliga.
  • The Berlin club have scored in each of their last six matches.
 
  • Miso Brecko is suspended due to a red card, and Pedro Geromel remains absent due to a knee injury.
  • Lukas Podolski has either scored or assisted each of Koln's last five goals.
  • Koln have lost just one of their last five Bundesliga games.

Hannover
vs Werder Bremen
PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 
Zieler
Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz
Schmiedebach, Pinto
Stindl, Schlaudraff, Pander
Abdellaoue


 

Cesena
Mielitz
Sokratis, Naldo, Wolf, Schmitz
Fritz, Bargfrede, Hunt
Marin
Arnautovic, Pizarro


TEAM NEWS
  • Artur Sobiech is suspended due to a red card picked up last week.
  • Didier Ya Konan has been ruled out due to adductor problems.
  • Hannover have lost just one of their last eight Bundesliga games at home.
 
  • Tim Wiese remains suspended following a red card received for a professional foul.
  • Naldo is tipped to make his first start of the season in central defence, ahead of Sebastian Prodl.
  • Claudio Pizarro has been involved in each of his team's last six goals.

Hamburg
vs Schalke

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 
Drobny
Westermann, Bruma, Rajkovic, Aogo
Jarolim, Tesche
Lam, Son, Tore
Petric


 


Fahrmann
Hoger, Howedes, Metzelder, Fuchs
Matip, Holtby
Farfan, Raul, Draxler
Huntelaar


TEAM NEWS
  • Ivo Ilicevic remains missing due to a red card, while Michael Mancienne is expected to miss out due to muscular problems.
  • Hamburg's win against Stuttgart last weekend snapped a 13-game winless streak.
  • HSV have conceded in each of their last 11 games.
 
  • Schalke have lost four of their last five Bundesliga away games.
  • S04 have not beaten HSV in six games.
  • Huub Stevens' new club have scored more goals against Hamburg in their history than any other club.

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