Which fixtures to look out for on Matchday 8


From FC Bayern’s point of view, Matchday 8 is all about the north-south battle with SV Werder Bremen. The two sides meet for the 109th time in the Bundesliga on Saturday, making it the most played fixture in the top flight. There are also a few other interesting match-ups, though. fcbayern.com looks at the games involving teams near the record champions in the table and upcoming opponents.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig

Kick-off: Saturday 21 November 2020, 18:30 CET

Significance: Bayern’s nearest challengers RB Leipzig visit tenth-placed Frankfurt. If FCB don’t win their home match against Bremen, the Saxony side could draw level or even move above the record champions with victory on the Main. Leipzig have lost just one match this season and travel to Hesse full of confidence following back-to-back wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Freiburg.

Key stats: The head-to-head record between the two sides is very even: in eight league meetings, there have been two wins for Eintracht, three for Leipzig and three draws. Incidentally, the away team are yet to win in this fixture.

A defender with attacking instincts: full-back Angelino is Leipzig’s leading scorer this season with three goals, including this free-kick against Freiburg.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs VfB Stuttgart

Kick-off: Saturday 21 November 2020, 15:30 CET

Significance: Promoted side Stuttgart, who are Bayern’s next opponents in the league, visit Hoffenheim on Saturday. The Swabians are sitting in a respectable eighth place in the table with 10 points from seven matches, while Hoffenheim are in 13th with seven points.

Key stats: Stuttgart are unbeaten in six Bundesliga games (W2 D4) and have collected seven of their points on the road – only Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen have gained more. VfB also have a slight advantage in the head-to-head record, with eight wins to six defeats and six draws, although they’re winless in their last five visits to Hoffenheim.

RB Salzburg vs Sturm Graz

Bayern ran out 6-2 winners in their first meeting with Salzburg. Next Wednesday sees the return fixture at the Allianz Arena.

Kick-off: Saturday 21 November 2020, 17:00 CET

Significance: Between those matches against Bremen and Stuttgart, FC Bayern are back in Champions League group stage action next Wednesday against RB Salzburg. The Austrian double winners will warm up for the trip to Munich with a league match against Sturm Graz, where they can maintain their position at the top of the Tipico Bundesliga with a seventh win in eight games.

Key stats:  The statistics clearly favour Salzburg, who have won 43 of the 96 meetings between the two sides. Graz have come out on top 26 times, with the points being shared on 27 occasions. RB are also unbeaten in 11 games against Graz (W9 D2), with an aggregate score of 33-10. Their last defeat was a 1-0 reverse in August 2017.

Matchday 8 overview

Saturday, 21.11.2020 | 15:30 CET
FC Schalke 04 vs VfL Wolfsburg
DSC Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern vs SV Werder Bremen
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs FC Augsburg
TSG Hoffenheim vs VfB Stuttgart

Saturday, 21.11.2020 | 18:30 CET
Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig

Saturday, 21.11.2020 | 20:30 CET
Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund

Sunday, 22.11.2020 | 15:30 CET
SC Freiburg vs 1. FSV Mainz 05

Sunday, 22.11.2020 | 18:00 CET
1. FC Köln vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Matchdays 13 to 15 were scheduled by the DFL last week – here’s what awaits FC Bayern: