The important games to follow on Matchday 7

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The highlight of Matchday 7 in the Bundesliga is without doubt Saturday’s Klassiker between second-placed Borussia Dortmund and leaders Bayern. With at least one of the top two set to drop points, there’s a chance for others to make up ground in the title race. fcbayern.com looks at some of the other big games going on over the weekend.

Werder Bremen – 1. FC Köln

Kick-off: Friday, 6 November 2020, 8.30pm CET

Significance: Bayern’s first opponent after the international break, Werder Bremen, have drawn their last three games 1-1. It means they are unbeaten in five matches and likely go into the opening fixture of the weekend as favourites against 1. FC Köln, who are without a win in 18 league outings.

Key stat: Köln have lost more Bundesliga games away at Bremen (29) than they have at any other club.

Quote of the game: “It’s a 50-50 game. Köln may not have got the results lately, but their team works. It means we have to give everything.” (Florian Kohfeldt, Werder Bremen head coach)

Kohfeldt and his Bremen side drew away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 6, making it three consecutive 1-1 draws in the league.

RB Leipzig – Sport-Club Freiburg

Kick-off: Saturday, 7 November 2020, 3.30pm CET

Significance: After being knocked off top spot following their 1-0 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend, Leipzig need to win to have a chance of reclaiming the lead, also depending on the later result in Dortmund. Opponents Freiburg are without a win in five and low on confidence, but did cause Leipzig issues last season by beating them 2-1 in the Black Forest and drawing 1-1 at the Red Bull Arena.

Key stat: Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won all five of their competitive home games this season, including 2-1 against Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain during the week after going a goal down.

Quote of the game: “It goes without saying a win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League gives you wings. In particular, the team proved they can overcome a tough start and turn a game around. That’s good for confidence and workload tolerance.” (Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig head coach)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach demolished Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Ukraine in the Champions League during the week.

Kick-off: Sunday, 8 November 2020, 6pm CET

Significance: The final game of Matchday 7 sees fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen host fifth-placed Gladbach at the BayArena. While Peter Bosz’s side are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Bundesliga alongside Wolfsburg, Borussia recorded the second-biggest away win in their history during the week as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League.

Key stat: Both teams have won 11 points from their last five league games (W3, D2) with an almost identical goal difference (Leverkusen: 10-5; Gladbach: 9-5).

Quote of the game: “The game in Leverkusen will be another great challenge for us but we willingly accept it. I think it’ll be a game between two good teams at a high level.” (Marco Rose, Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach)

Matchday 7 overview

Friday, 06.11.2020 | 8.30pm CET
SV Werder Bremen – 1. FC Köln

Saturday, 07.11.2020 | 3.30pm CET
RB Leipzig – Sport-Club Freiburg
1. FC Union Berlin – DSC Arminia Bielefeld
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Schalke 04
FC Augsburg – Hertha BSC
VfB Stuttgart – Eintracht Frankfurt

Saturday, 07.11.2020 | 6.30pm CET
Borussia Dortmund – FC Bayern München

Sunday, 08.11.2020 | 3.30pm CET
VfL Wolfsburg – TSG Hoffenheim

Sunday, 08.11.2020 | 6pm CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Borussia Mönchengladbach

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