CF Champions A great Bundesliga opening weekend will be kicked off by Bayern Munich and UEFA Europa League champion Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as a Berlin derby and the titanic match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Last weekend, Bayern kicked off their season by defeating RB Leipzig 5-3 in the league opener, with Sadio Mane scoring on his professional debut to win the Supercup.
The Senegal sensation will attempt to accomplish the same in his debut Bundesliga game on Friday, but the defending champions face a challenging task in Frankfurt. In their league encounters over the previous two years, Bayern and Eintracht have split victories equally, and the host team is still on a high after concluding the previous campaign by winning a significant European trophy once more.
The addition of deft offensive midfielder Mario Gotze, who was the 2014 FIFA World Cup MVP for Germany and won three league titles with Bayern between 2014 and 2016, gave the Eagles another boosts this summer. The visitors will be difficult to stop, yet Eintracht will bet on their prospects of pulling off a shock with Mane, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane all scoring against Leipzig.
A significant Bundesliga derby game between 1. FC Union Berlin and Hertha Berlin will take place in the city on Saturday afternoon. Union finished fifth and advanced to the DFB Cup semi-finals last season, while Hertha defeated Hamburger SV in the play-offs to keep their place in the top division.
In the 2021–2022 Bundesliga season, Union won all three derby matches, including one cup match. Since then, they have added Jordan Siebatcheu, a striker for the USA national team. Hertha will be hoping this season is different because midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has agreed to stay for another year to work under the club’s new head coach Sandro Schwarz.
A crucial matchup between Dortmund and Leverkusen, who placed second and third last time around, will take place in Saturday’s late kickoff. Sebastien Haller is not available for the home team’s attack, but other summer additions like Nico Schlotterbeck and Karim Adeyemi should play. Adeyemi, a German forward, scored on his debut last week in a 3-0 cup victory over TSV 1860 München, a third-tier team.
Leverkusen, meantime, was eliminated from the cup after losing 4-3 to SV Elversberg in the third level. However, the visitors defeated Dortmund 5-2 in February, and they have one of the Bundesliga’s top forwards in Patrik Schick, who scored 24 goals in the league last year.
The cup champions from the previous year, Leipzig, will travel to play VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. With Leipzig having this week recruited Germany international David Raum to a team led by 2021/22 Bundesliga Player of the Season Christopher Nkunku, Pellegrino Matarazzo’s home team may find it difficult to win that match.
This weekend sees the return to the elite of two enormous clubs. SV Werder Bremen, a promoted team, and FC Schalke 04 are both on the road; on Saturday, Bremen plays at VfL Wolfsburg, while on Sunday, the Royal Blues play at 1. FC Köln.
On Saturday afternoon, there are three further games. Borussia Mönchengladbach will play host to TSG Hoffenheim, both teams are under new management, VfL Bochum 1848 will host 1. FSV Mainz 05, and Europa League qualifiers SC Freiburg will go to FC Augsburg.
Meanwhile, the season has already begun in Bundesliga 2. The best matchup on Matchday 3 pits FC St. Pauli against promoted 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the 1991 and 1998 German Champions. HSV welcomes 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 in an effort to avenge a loss from the beginning of the season. Additionally, 1. FC Nürnberg will be welcomed by table-toppers SSV Jahn Regensburg.