Bundesliga, matchday 13: That brings the weekend

Silas has the perfect place to return, in Leipzig the speed is pounded – and Frankfurt is chasing an off-beat Bundesliga record for FC Schalke. The stories of the upcoming Bundesliga matchday at a glance …

On matchday 13 in focus: Frankfurt around Jesper Lindström (left) and Cologne around Mark Uth (right).

On matchday 13 in focus: Frankfurt around Jesper Lindström (left) and Cologne around Mark Uth (right).
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Mainz, of all places? Good omen for a possible Silas comeback

A good eight months have passed since Stuttgart-Attacker Silas tore the cruciate ligament in the away game at Bayern. His opponent in the fatal duel was called David Alaba at the time – and his last name in all databases was Wamangituka. A long period of suffering and an identity correction later could be the offensive man on Friday evening against Mainz are back in the squad for the first time – against Mainz of all places. In both games of the preseason against Rheinhessen, Silas scored a goal and was named player of the game by kicker. A good omen for a possible comeback?

Ash Wednesday in November? Cologne’s lousy derby record

Of the Saturday afternoon stands in the sign of the Rheinderby between Cologne and Mönchengladbach. A game that fans of both camps naturally look forward to for weeks and months like Rose Monday. Whereby: From a sporting point of view, Cologne’s duels with rivals are more like Ash Wednesday. Not a single Bundesliga team conceded as many home defeats (25) as against Mönchengladbach – not even against FC Bayern (24).

New BVB record? Wolfsburg as a beloved travel destination

The numbers of the last duels between Wolfsburg and Dortmund read very similarly. Even worse compared to the last few years. The last six away games at VfL all won the BVB, with another win on Saturday afternoon, the longest such BVB series against Cottbus (since 2000) and in Freiburg (2010-2017) would be canceled. The last goal of Lower Saxony against Dortmund dates back to September 2016. At that time, Daniel Didavi scored – final score from Wolfsburg’s point of view: 1: 5.

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Will it work in Fürth? Hoffenheim and the newcomer curse

Also on Saturday afternoon: During the duel Hertha against Augsburg if the two teams with the least ball contact in the opposing penalty area meet, the league-wide best home defense Bochum receives the best away defense Freiburg – and Hoffenheim hopes in Fürth after the last five unsuccessful attempts, finally back to a win against a newcomer.

Can Bielefeld surprise? A series older than Kramer and Nagelsmann

Receives Arminia Bielefeld the league rage of the FC Bayern away? After the 1: 2 in Augsburg last week, the record champions want to strike back despite all adverse circumstances – and could have caught the right opponent for that. In their long Bundesliga history, Arminia has only won against a current league leader once – and that was more than 50 years ago: In February 1971 Bielefeld won 2-0 against the then leaders Mönchengladbach. Today’s two coaches, Frank Kramer and Julian Nagelsmann, weren’t even born then.

Who will be number 268? Frankfurt chases Schalke record

A slightly off-beat Bundesliga record could Eintracht Frankfurt am Sunday afternoon at home against Union Berlin to adjust. After Jesper Lindström’s goal in Freiburg last weekend, the SGE has 267 different goalscorers in the Bundesliga and thus only one less than the front-runner in this category – Schalke 04 with 268. New signing Kristijan Jakic from the current squad included newcomer Kristijan Jakic for the record goal and the currently injured Christopher Lenz in question.

Who has more in the tank? The endurance sprinters in a direct duel

The game day will be concluded on Sunday evening with decent speed. In the duel between Leipzig and Leverkusen Not only do two of the youngest teams meet, but also the league’s two tempo bolsters: Werkself right-back Jeremie Frimpong recorded the most sprints of all Bundesliga professionals (370), followed by Leipzig’s offensive artist Christopher Nkunku (353). Who has more reserves in their tanks at the end of a tough week in Europe?

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