Consistency is to be the catchphrase as six time defending champions Bayern Munich travel to Hannover with the aim of retaining fading interest in the title race.
The Bavarians whipped Nuremberg 3-0 last weekend for their first home victory in five outings but remain nine points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund.
The defensive woes that have haunted Niko Kovac’s Bavarians all season were once again apparent in a Champions League rubber at the Johan Cruyff Arena where they had to claw back from 2-1 down to force a 3-3 draw with Ajax Amsterdam.
Kovac can at least take solace from the return from injury of Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara. All three will help improve chance creation on the road where Bayern Munich boast a solid record.
Leaders Borussia Dortmund will be aiming to follow up Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Monaco in the Champions League that secured seeding in Monday’s draw, with another three points against Werder Bremen.
Lucien Favre’s Black and Yellows are the envy of the Bundesliga because goals are coming from all over the pitch.
Owing to his lack of match fitness, Favre had until recently used goal-a-game striker Paco Alcacer as a super sub. But the Spaniard has caught up with his teammates’ level, so he could start against Bremen.
Elsewhere, goals galore are anticipated in Hoffenheim when Julian Nagelsmann’s side confront Dieter Klaus Hecking’s high scoring Borussia Moenchengladbach.
A similar epic should play out in the duel between DFB Pokal winners Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen as both teams are noted for playing open, attacking football.
Nuremberg v Wolfsburg @10:30pm
Hannover v Bayern Munich @05:30pm
Augsburg v Schalke @05:30pm
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Freiburg @05:30pm
Hoffenheim v Borussia Moenchengladbach @05:30pm
Stuttgart v Hertha Berlin @05:30pm
Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen @08:30pm
RB Leipzig v Mainz @05:30pm
Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen @08:00pm
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